Ron Artest stories from the SI Vault

• Playing with Fire By Chris Ballard, February 11, 2002 Ron Artest, Jordan's favorite Bull, has some of the master's passion.

Sweet and Lowdown By L. Jon Wertheim, March 24, 2003 Truly a man of mystery, the Pacers' Ron Artest just might be the nicest guy ever to lead the league in flagrant fouls.

• The Eye of a Perfect Storm By Chris Ballard, November 29, 2004 With his hair-trigger temper and history of eruptions, Pacers All-Star forward Ron Artest was exactly the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time.

After the Brawl By Albert Chen, December 6, 2004 The ugly incident at The Palace of Auburn Hills is still sending out ripples.

• Opposites Attract By L. Jon Wertheim, October 24, 2005 Infamously flammable Ron Artest would seem to have little in common with Larry Bird, yet the most iconic Hoosier of them all says he sees plenty of himself in his most intense young star.

• An Adviser in Need of Advice By Rick Reilly, March 19, 2007 At some time or another, every one of us needs advice, someone to turn to in times of strife and confusion. And I think we can all agree that this person should be Ron Artest.

Ronnie Being Ronnie By Ian Thomsen, April 13, 2009 And that's just fine with the Rockets. As his abundant personality quirks have grown more amusing than alarming, has become -- of all things -- a stabilizing force.

• Ron Wants a Ring By Ian Thomsen, July 27, 2009 By signing a (somewhat) matured Ron Artest, the Lakers made the coolest move of what has been a sizzling off-season.

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