Saturday , Sep , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Ron Artest Guarantees Lakers will win NBA Title in 2012

"Win it all," Artest said when asked will the Lakers do in the 2011-12 season. "Win the whole thing. That’s a guarantee."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: His new name is coming. His confidence hasn’t gone anywhere.

Nobody knows if Ron Artest will actually change his name to Metta World Peace, however, the speculation surrounding his moniker hasn’t impacted the swing’s confidence.

Artest/Peace is so sure his Los Angeles Lakers will win the 2012 NBA Title that he pulled a Joe Naismith and publicly guaranteed it.

There are a few issues. First, there might not be a 2012 season due to the labour impasse between owners and players. Second, if a 2012 season occurs, it will be with a stricter collective bargaining agreement that may force the Lakers to shed talent. And third, the club has a new coach in Mike Brown, which means a transition will occur.

All in all, the Lakers will be hard pressed to win their third championship in four seasons. Just don’t tell Artest that.

–Oly Sandor.

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