He's so 'hood, and his fans love for it: During halftime of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Western Conference Finals game on Wednesday night, Laker Ron Artest told TNT, "We gotta play hard, like I played in the Queensbridge projects."
Fellow QB projects native [artist id="1000"]Nas[/artist] said he fully supports the man nicknamed Ron Ron, as does everyone from his neighborhood.
"When I tell you man, the amount of love for Ron Artest, how insane it is from my 'hood, from Queensbridge, it is a beautiful thing," Nas told MTV News. "We all root for Ron. We're all supporting Ron. I wasn't with the Lakers before [they signed Ron]. I'm with the Lakers now for that. I love him. He plays a great part in the team. We are rooting for Ron all day long."
Artest had a breakout game on Wednesday, the second game of the series. The 30-year-old, who has a reputation for being a defensive specialist, had five rebounds and 18 points.
"He just had to settle in and play like he's used to playing," Lakers star Kobe Bryant told ESPN.
Artest, still in full uniform and standing in the middle of the locker room, said, "It's about that time now. It's about that time to just play, play basketball.
"For some reason, you do things and they work and you go again to it," Artest told the network. "Sometimes you sleep on the left side of the bed and wake up on the right, and when you go to sleep on the right and wake up on the left, your whole day is messed up. I just wanted to go back and sleep on the left side of the bed and wake up on the right."
The Lakers won 124-112 over the Suns and lead the series two games to none.