"I don't think there's going to be a long lockout," Artest said Sunday night. "I don't think we're going to miss any games. I think there's going to be some negotiations but I see us playing in October. I think [NBA commissioner] Mr. [David] Stern and [NBA Players Association director] Mr. [Billy] Hunter will resolve it. I think they're going to learn from the NFL lockout. America isn't America without sports. You wouldn't want to be the guy who messed up sports."
If there is a lockout, however, Artest is working on a second career as a comedian. This summer, Artest will host the "Ron Artest Ultimate Comedy Tour," which currently has four shows booked at the Improv in Hollywood July 8-9 and four more shows at Caroline's on Broadway in New York July 15-16.
Arash Markazi is a columnist and reporter for ESPNLosAngeles.com.