7:15 a.m. Yes, Ron Artest is crazy. Crazy people think Ron Artest is crazy. But he's not crazy 24/7. For instance, this morning, Artest is taking his kids to school in his Escalade, not his bright red, open-wheel Indy race car. But he has.
"Cops always pull me over, but it's street legal!" protests Artest, 31.
Like so much in the life of the most unpredictable man in the NBA, the Indy car is four parts crazy, one part brilliant.
Take, for instance, during the playoffs, when he usually rents himself a Lamborghini.
"I don't know. I don't know how to drive a Lamborghini, and the last time I did it, I had to pay them another $20,000 extra. So I'm not going to do that anymore."
There are three of his kids in this car Sade (13), Ron (11) and Diamond (7), and one more LeRon (9) back in NYC. He is mostly a very fun dad to have. Sometimes they wake up in the morning to find out that their dad appeared on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" the night before in just his boxers. Or did a TV appearance in a fake beard. Or went to a practice in just a bathrobe.
"It's fun. My kids think it's funny, so I do it. But my wife doesn't like it. So I don't tell her."
Also, it gets him invited back. And makes his appearances go viral. Four parts crazy, one part brilliant.