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Basketball Wed Dec 02 2009
Well, this explains a lot.
When he was a member of the Bulls, Ron Artest was something of an...well, let's say eccentric. His play and behavior on the court was inconsistent and there were stories of fights with teammates and others in practice. Now, we might have a clue as to why.
"I used to drink Hennessy ... at halftime," Artist said. "I (kept it) in my locker. I'd just walk to the liquor store (near the stadium) and get it."
Artest admits he was a "head case" during his tenure with the Bulls (1999-2002), which probably didn't help the rebuilding efforts of former GM Jerry Krause and head coach Tim Floyd, whose tenure began and ended the same time as Artests' (coincidence?).
Other teammates from that era downplay Artest's comments, calling them untrue and made for "shock value."
OK, fine. Now if we could only explain Dennis Rodman...