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Basketball Wed Dec 02 2009

Bottoms Up

ron_artest_bulls.jpgWell, 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.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated (via Deadspin), Artest said he used to drink Hennessy during halftime of games, particularly during home games.

"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...

 
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LDW / December 3, 2009 10:03 PM

((SIGH)) These "new school" athletes are just too much for me.

Ken / December 4, 2009 9:57 AM

Well, I dunno. I remember hearing tales of Mickey Mantle playing games after being out all night drinking, and stories that Babe Ruth used to run across the street to the old McCuddy's between innings for a beer when the Yankees were in town to play the White Sox. Not saying it's the way to go, but Artest's hijinks do have some historical connection.

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