It may all feel like a distant memory of the Lakers winning the 2010 NBA title considering how the Lakers ended the 2011 postseason with a four-game sweep to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals. But Artest guaranteed to ESPN Los Angeles’ Stephen A. Smith in a 40-minute interview Wednesday that the Lakers will again pop the champagne bottles after winning the 2012 NBA title. Assuming there’s a season of course.
“Win it all,” Artest said when asked what will the Lakers do in the 2011-2012 season. “Win the whole thing. That’s a guarantee.”
Artest didn’t sound as confident about guaranteeing that he and his dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd, would win in “Dancing with the Stars,” admitting “that’s going to be a problem. There may be a lot of uncertainty heading into next season, particularly with how Coach Mike Brown will lead a team whose years are dwindling in securing more titles. But consider Artest made a similar guarantee prior to the 2009-2010 season when he they should point it right at me, throwing tomatoes and everything.” We all know how that turned out.
Smith then asked what can the general public do to Artest should his guarantee go sour.
“We’re going to win,” he answered. “You can do anything you want to do. Whatever you want to do, you do it.”
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