Still Got It
NEW LONGFORM IS HERE. In the meantime, read this absolutely amazing Artest interview at The Starting Five. One of the better conversations I've ever seen with a player, and did a lot to rekindle my interest in a guy I'd kind of tired of. Yes, I have zero loyalty.
Ron Ron on the charity event he's appearing at:
I wish there was more gangsters here though. I wish there was more street dudes. Dudes that are in the street hustling. Kids look up to them. They don’t look up to Tiger Woods, the 9 to 5 bus driver, or the sanitation worker. They look up to the street dude. I told the people in charge that they needed to get in touch with the brothas on the street so they can give back. You can be out there doing negative dirt, but you can still give back.
I ask the street dudes and hustlers: You mean to tell me that you want the next young fella to be doing the same thing as you do and end up in jail? Give your time and tell the kids that what you do isn’t right. Tell them to change their life and give them examples of your friends that didn’t make it because of the bad choices they made. Then you can go back and do your dirt, but hopefully you’ll change. Give the kids an opportunity to hear your experiences so they can make better decisions.
I love that Artest says shit like this, but imagine if someone like Wade were willing to be this honest. Or is Artest just that much more reflective than everyone else?
And by the way, this definitely goes toward something I wrote a while ago about how Artest comes to life in sympathetic interviews. Night and fucking day.