Ron Artest: The Dennis Rodman For Kobe Bryant

bob bobAnalyst IJuly 2, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs Ron Artest #96 of the Houston Rockets after the Lakers defeated the Rockets 89-70 in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The recent reports of the Houston Forward Ron Artest heading to the Los Angeles Lakers was surprising to say the least.

Ron Artest is known for being one of the premier defenders of his time winning the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. His made one all-star appearance appearing as a reserve the same year he won his one and only Defensive Player of the Year.

Artest is also known for his 'bad boy' persona. On November 19, 2004, Artest had to endure numerous cynicism after arguably the most infamous brawl in NBA history between his old team the Pacers and the Pistons. In the brawl Artest assaulted a fan that later cost him approximately seven million in salary due to a 73 game suspension, which included the the playoffs.

If you know Dennis Rodman you know his nickname.

"Dennis the Menace"

He didn't get that nickname playing nice.

He had numerous questionable antics, from dyeing his hair in artificial colors, to clashing with opposing players and officials.

Rodman was also one of the best defenders in NBA history. He won two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. He led the NBA in rebounds for seven consecutive years, which is an NBA record.

Unlike Artest, Rodman has held the Larry O'Brien trophy five times during his career. Two times with the Bad Boy Pistons and three times with Jordan's Bulls.

Artest and Rodman as you can see are alike from each other in ways more than one. Maybe Artest can be like the Dennis Rodman, Jordan had, for Kobe. If that were true then maybe we can see a repeat coming from the Lakers in the near future.

Crossing Fingers.