Ron Artest Talking About Poise

Ron Artest is the one true NBA head case that I could see wanting on your team. The man plays hard. He's like the Mike Tyson of the NBA. And at least he talks a good game. Here's what he said yesterday to Kristie Ackert in the New York Daily News:

"That night (of the fight) was definitely Ron Artest, but this night is Ron Artest, too," said the Queens product, who has played in the All-Star Classic since 2000 and also was involved in the high school All-Star game. "In different situations, I am different. I can't say one is me. They both are."

Artest said he's grateful the Pacers have stuck by him, but he knows he's out of second chances. Sitting out 73 games was a lesson, he said, as well as a source of motivation to keep himself in check.

"I realized how much I love to play the game," said Artest. "I realize how much I want to play."