Ron Artest to the Lakers is eerily similar to the Dennis Rodman to the Bulls deal in the mid nineties.
Both are scrappy players who play great defense and rebound with authority. Artest is coming to the Lakers at a similar point in Kobe's career as Rodman did in Jordan's. In both situations Rodman/Artest would go to a situation where they could focus on what they do best as opposed to being forced to be offensive threats.
They both also can get a break from public scrutiny because for once in their careers they are not the media focal point of their respective team. Kobe will take the focus off of Artest in the same way that Jordan took the Heat off of Rodman.
I am not a Laker fan, but if Artest can do for the Lakers what Rodman did for the Bulls we may be witnessing the beginning of a new dynasty. However, with many great players being added to many great teams this offseason, teams like the Celtics, Spurs, and Cavs should make repeating a very hard thing to do.
This should be a great year for NBA basketball!