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Artest: I'm NFL-bound after NBA

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05:37 PM ET 11.18 | In an interview airing later this week on CBSSports.com, Artest revealed that he intends to try out for an NFL team when his contract with the Lakers is up after the 2013-14 season. Artest, who taped the interview at the Lakers' practice facility on Saturday, his 31st birthday, already has divulged that he's been training for a second career as a heavyweight boxer when his basketball days are over. Little did we know that there's another professional sport Artest wants to try. "God willing, after my NBA career, God willing I'm still athletic enough -- which I'm trying to take care of my body as best as possible and be prepared for this day, for this tryout of an NFL team," Artest said. "... It's a fantasy of mine. It's an opportunity because I'm athletic. So if that fantasy can be fulfilled, and if it's something that can really be reached as far as a goal, I'm going for it."

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November 18, 2010  05:56 PM ET

Artest already has the mental capacity of a QB (who's had multiple hits to the helmet).

November 18, 2010  05:57 PM ET

Think of the possibilities, there are 32 NFL stadiums where Artest has never yet run into the stands to start a riot.

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November 18, 2010  06:08 PM ET

Ron forgot to get his prescription meds from his psychiatrist

November 18, 2010  06:12 PM ET

The National Flake Labortory maybe.

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November 18, 2010  07:30 PM ET

hahahaahahahaahahahaha PRICELESS!!!!

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November 18, 2010  08:13 PM ET

.... as sad as this sounds... he'd be a better WR then anyone the panthers have not named steve smith..

November 18, 2010  08:26 PM ET

Apparently, not too many of you really know what a real athlete is about. The best athletes are those with the most size, strength and speed, to perform the tasks their athletic skills require, at a superior level over those of a smaller stature. RonRon would be a pretty good Outside linebacker, if he has any football skills, at all. I don't see him on the offense. He hasn't displayed a sure-handedness: Fast and strong hands; but not sure.

November 18, 2010  08:28 PM ET
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come on! Ron Ron has changed.. he's a new man. now he sticks to beating the crap out of the opponent, not its fans.... lol

Have him venture into the Black Hole or Dawg Pound and see how quickly he changes his mind.

November 18, 2010  08:38 PM ET
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Think of the possibilities, there are 32 NFL stadiums where Artest has never yet run into the stands to start a riot.

So you think it is OK for someone, who doesn't even know you, to spit on you and throw a drink on you?

Truly pathetic, some of you are.

November 18, 2010  08:59 PM ET

This actually makes me wonder...let's say Ron's career ends because, like most b-ball guys, his knees give out...well, you don't gotta have a crazy vertical in the NFL unless you're a receiver, right? So could a top notch athlete in good condition still do some damage at 35 years old or so, if he's got great speed, conditioning, and hands?

Just wonderin'.

November 18, 2010  09:26 PM ET
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This actually makes me wonder...let's say Ron's career ends because, like most b-ball guys, his knees give out...well, you don't gotta have a crazy vertical in the NFL unless you're a receiver, right? So could a top notch athlete in good condition still do some damage at 35 years old or so, if he's got great speed, conditioning, and hands?Just wonderin'.

Don't...

... it's a joke to even consider it.

Artest is showing once again that he's still mentally unstable.

November 18, 2010  10:34 PM ET

im surprised he wants to go play in a league full of sissy's....NO FUN LEAGUE

November 18, 2010  10:38 PM ET
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Think of the possibilities, there are 32 NFL stadiums where Artest has never yet run into the stands to start a riot.

and he'll have all that protective gear on

 
November 18, 2010  10:40 PM ET
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Apparently, not too many of you really know what a real athlete is about. The best athletes are those with the most size, strength and speed, to perform the tasks their athletic skills require, at a superior level over those of a smaller stature. RonRon would be a pretty good Outside linebacker, if he has any football skills, at all. I don't see him on the offense. He hasn't displayed a sure-handedness: Fast and strong hands; but not sure.

thanks for clarifying that up for all of us

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