Monday, April 14, 2008

NBA Mondays: Ron Artest the Businessman...and Singer?

I think Ron Artest is doing his best to learn how to make a better man of himself. And even though he's had some hard times due to ignorance when Ron first came in the league, I think that 5 years down the road we'll be talking about Artest with a lot more respect than he gets now.
For example, read this article in the Wall Street Journal about how Ron Artest is managing his entourage. I credit The Big Lead for bringing this to my attention. Here are some excerpts:

"There are so many people that have figured out how to get money from athletes legally that when you have friends that you think might be capable of doing something, your first instinct is to give them a shot," says Mr. Artest, 28, who taught himself to do his own taxes and accounting several years ago using Quicken, after a series of bad experiences with professionals. (His business-management agency now handles his accounting.)

Ron is teaching himself computer software, which shows some motivation. This may explain why he wanted to work at Circuit City--he just likes technology a lot, I think. And later...
Mr. Artest says he doesn't regret the opportunities he was able to give his friends. However, he adds, he did learn one lesson: "I wasn't running it as a business, as it should have been run."
Ron is trying to make himself into a businessman in the right way. I commend him for it, and hope that fans won't forever hold that incident in Detroit against him. But on the other hand, I like the slightly crazy side of Ron too. Here is a video that I don't believe any major sports blog has linked to yet, from Ron's time with the Pacers. Ron pulls down Paul Pierce's shorts...and then sings an apology to Paul afterward!

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