“Finland’s top league Korisliiga will witness some serious NBA talent in September 2011, when Los Angeles Lakers forward/multipersonality Ron Artest will join league newcomer LoKoKo Loimaa.
“The 31-year old Artest has three years left in his Lakers contract, but that doesn’t seem to bother LoKoKo sports director Aleksi Valavuori, who backs up the rumor in Tuesday’s Ilta-Sanomat newspaper.
“We have sorted things out and I can happily confirm that Artest will arrive in Finland,” Valavuori states in the Ilta-Sanomat interview.
So, Ron…I mean Metta World Peace is taking his talents to Helsinki, eh? I know there is early talk that the lockout could wipe out the entire season, but Artest still has a lot of good basketball left in him. More than likely, I’d believe that he’s heading overseas for some token appearances with this new team, maybe some charity events and signing a ton of autographs.
Then again, Ron has done plenty of goofy things in his career so there could always be a small chance that he’s decided to once again march to his own beat. But right now I’m not going for it.