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Yogi Berra is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. In fact, according to the win shares formula developed by geek Bill James, Berra is the greatest catcher of all time. He won three league MVP awards and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '73.

Unfortunately, or, well, fortunately, Berra's linguistic ability was not quite on the same level as his baseball ability.

As you no doubt know, the former New York Yankee was well known for amusing non-sequiturs that are termed "Yogi-isms."

Examples include brilliant statements such as "It's déjà vu all over again," "You can observe a lot by watching," and "Baseball is 90 percent mental, the other half is physical."

And after reading the final paragraphs of Kevin Ding's Orange County Register column, I'm going to guess Lakers forward (and Queensbridge, New York native) Ron Artest(notes) is a big Yogi fan.

Artest was one of the few Lakers to have a decent game Sunday night but still missed 3 of 6 foul shots. He has made 17 for 33 this season: 51.5 percent.

Artest was shooting extra free throws after practice Monday but sometimes still showing an odd hesitation in his shot release. Jackson pointed out to Artest that the "hitch" comes and goes without Artest even realizing it anymore.

"I shot 75 percent last year," Artest reassured Jackson. "I know it's going to go in. I just don't know when." 

Emphasis added; giggles redacted.

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