Lakers’ Artest has a head full of Hebrew


NEW YORK (JTA) — One of the top defenders in the NBA had the word "defense" inscribed in his hair in Hebrew, as well as in Japanese and Hindi.

Ron Artest, a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, dyed his hair blonde and had the word "haganah" shaved and dyed in purple in his hair to match the team’s colors for Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic in Florida.

Artest reportedly asked his fans on Twitter over the weekend if he had the proper translation. Originally he had "hahaganah," but it was suggested that haganah would be better.

There was no word on whether Artest’s Jewish teammate, Jordan Farmar, weighed in on the translation.

In a rematch of last year’s championship teams, the Magic defeated the Lakers, 96-94.

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