Another in a series of issues facing the Lakers going into training camp:
Ron Artest wasn’t all together wrong when he said Monday that it will be his fault if the Lakers don’t repeat as NBA champions next June. A good many sets of eyeballs will be on him this season. His signing, after Trevor Ariza bolted to the Houston Rockets as a free agent, could be viewed as a high risk, high reward type of deal. The Lakers might coast to a second consecutive title with Artest supplying a veteran presense in 2009-10.Then again, they might implode just as easily with Artest hitting the switch that ignites disaster.