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Artest has ideas on exciting “Grey Poupon, caviar” Lakers fans

Mar 17, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

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We told you that the Lakers are the worst fans in the NBA.

Well, that’s what GQ said, actually. We’re not so sure. We don’t remember the Lakers needing to do a “Fan Up” campaign like in Miami. Or having the general level of disinterest seen in Atlanta. Or… well, you get the idea.

Ron Artest interacts with the fan base more than any other Laker and admitted the L.A. fans may be a little different — and he was classic Artest about it, as quoted by Brian Kamenetzky at the ESPN’s Land O’ Lakers blog.

“Our season ticket holders, they come to the game with Grey Poupon. Slice of bread, and some silverware. It’s good. It’s a different type of thing. They’re eating caviar. They’ve got manicures on the floor. You can get [a] manicure, pedicure. How many arenas can you get a pedicure and watch the game

It’s certainly true Lakers fans, in or out of the arena, are hard to impress.

“They’ve seen winning all the time, so they want to see something more exciting… If I moonwalk after I get a rebound, that’s exciting,” Artest explained. “If [Andrew Bynum] does, like, a cartwheel, take his shirt off, and [puts] electrical shocks on his nipples and starts doing the Electric Slide, that’s exciting.”

Well, there’s an image seared in my brain that’s going to be hard to erase.

Phil Jackson was a little less visual, but and a little more diplomatic, in talking with Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register.

“We do not have vociferous fans.” He cited Utah Jazz fans as particularly loud.

But Jackson said about Lakers fans: “I think they’re knowledgeable.”

  1. goforthanddie - Mar 18, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Odd, I always thought it would be Artest attaching electrodes to his nipples.

  2. jthammerstix - Mar 18, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    He has some form of autism coupled with some retard strength. Dangerous.

  3. omniusprime - Mar 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Trust Ron Artest to lighten things up a bit with some funny verbiage. Some people have no sense of humor and are just spoiled sports who whine because their teams are nowhere near as great as the Lakers, the winningest team in the NBA and the team who’s been to more NBA Finals than any other team. Laker fans are the greatest in the league rooting for the greatest NBA team. We Laker fans get to root for the greatest basketball player in the world, Kobe Bryant, and we will root our Repeat World Champion Lakers to a Threepeat this June! Eat your hearts out losers!

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