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Morning Commute: How Ron Artest Gives Hope To Gilbert Arenas

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In case it wasn't clear, I'm a huge fan of Gilbert Arenas. A critical fan, I think, but a fan nonetheless. I'll criticize him for all his issues, but at the end of the day, I'm really rooting for him to succeed. So when I heard Ron Artest's postgame interview last night, my first thought was this: I hope that's Gilbert Arenas some day.

This isn't to say Gilbert Arenas is just like Ron Artest. As Andrew Sharp so eloquently put it today on, there is nobody like Ron Artest. But at the same time, if someone pointed a gun to your head and said "you must compare Ron Artest to somebody in the NBA," the obvious comparison in Arenas. Both are about as "real" as it gets. Both have made some major mistakes in their careers. Both wear their emotions on their sleeve. Both have their heart in the right place, but not necessarily their head.

Last night was Ron Artest's moment for redemption, and he deserves every bit of praise he gets today. Whether it's here or somewhere else, I'm hoping that Arenas overcomes his demons and has a similar moment somewhere down the line.

Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:


  • Bullets Forever gives us a complete rundown of John Wall's individual workout with the Wizards yesterday.
  • As we mentioned yesterday, linebacker Robert Henson has agreed to do a camp journal for our Redskins blog Hogs Haven. Check out Henson's first post here
  • Hogs Haven also checks in with Washington Examiner writer John Keim about what's going on at Redskins minicamp.
  • Should the Nationals be sellers at the trade deadline this year? Federal Baseball has a complete analysis of this issue.
  • Testudo Times notes that Maryland has lost one of their top football recruits.
  • Black and Red United recaps the best 11 games from the World Cup thus far. 
On tap on SBNDC: Martin Shatzer tells you the five teams you should be rooting for in the World Cup.

Programming Note: We at SB Nation just kicked off an initiative with Geico where the Geico Caveman will give you his take on some of the events going on this weekend. You can check out the first edition of this series here