His Filipino connection. In the video Artest again visits the Fil-Am family that introduced him to "how low halo" some weeks back, and wears a Laker-purple "My Pilipinas" shirt and a "Pacquiao vs. Cotto" cap that he's worn before. He also went to Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym to watch Manny work out.
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His humor. Artest's mantra for coexisting with Black Mamba? "Pass to Kobe."
His Rodman-esque ways. Dennis Rodman was my favorite player on those Phil Jackson-coached Chicago Bulls teams that won NBA championships from 1996 to 1998. A decade later, Artest made it to another Jackson five. Crazy hair? Check. Volatile personality, stout defense? Check and check.