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No longer under Artest

Posted on: July 30, 2008 8:51 am
 
Finally, some big news in the NBA that doesn't involve a player rubbing the sad state of the American dollar in our faces while bolting for greener pastures in Europe. This time, it's just a good ol' fashioned red-blooded American trade.

Ron Artest and Sacramento are parting ways in a breakup as easy to call as Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. It just wasn't going to work and it was time to part ways.

I think that conversation may have gone something like this:
Artest: I don't understand. Things were going so great. What happened? Something must have happened.
Kings: It's not you. It's me.
Artest: You're giving me the it's not you, it's me routine? I invented it's not you, it's me. Nobody tells me it's not them, it's me. If it's anybody, it's me.
Kings: Alright! Ron, it's you.
Artest: You are damn right it's me!
Kings: I was just trying to ...
Artest: I know what you were trying to do. Nobody does it better than me.
Kings: I'm sure you do it very well.
Artest: Haha. Yes. Well, unfortunately, you'll never get the chance to find out.

I'm in the process of writing a Breakout column looking ahead at the season ahead and I'll have to include John Salmons now. He's been an absolute stud the last couple of seasons when given the playing time. He'll get plenty of that now. Francisco Garcia will also get a boost. In Houston, so much for Shane Battier and his maddening mediocre ways.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:03 am
 

No longer under Artest

Probably half court.




Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 10:45 am
 

No longer under Artest

From far, far away.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 10:42 am
 

No longer under Artest

Yeah, it'll probably be more of a matchups thing, but can you imagine Artest and Battier on the floor with Yao protecting the rim? We could be seeing the re-birth of the early 2000s Pistons! How are teams going to score?




Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 10:33 am
 

No longer under Artest

Hey, that's surely a possibility, jamasta.

But Artest is comfortable at the three and is a solid offensive player on the wing, something Battier really isn't. And with Scola being so productive in the second half last season, I just don't see why the Rockets would rather want Battier (9.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg) in there than Scola (13.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg post All-Star break).

I mean, it's all possible and it could end up just being a matchup thing where Adelman can use a different lineup depending on who they are playing, but this to be their most productive unit in my humble opinion. But then again, there's a reason I'm writing about Fantasy hoops and not coaching.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 10:31 am
 

No longer under Artest

And by the way, I'm not trying to be inflammatory... just messing with you.




Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 10:22 am
 

No longer under Artest

Your lineup looks wrong, dude... Hollinger and most other people agree that Shane Battier will stay in the starting lineup at SF, and Artest will bang around with the PFs. I mean, he IS 6-7, 260 lbs. A big dude, for sure.

PG Alston

SG McGrady

SF Battier

PF Artest

C Ming

Your move, Gonzo.




Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 9:01 am
 

No longer under Artest

Artest, Yao and T-Mac. That could be a very formidable trio for the 25 games they'll likely play together.

In all honesty, though, a starting lineup that consists of the following, looks pretty solid:

PG Rafer Alston
SG Tracy McGrady
SF Ron Artest
PF Luis Scola
  Yao Ming



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 8:56 am
 

No longer under Artest

Artest esta loco!

I still don't think this makes the Rockets the team to beat in the West.  They still have to get by the Lakers...and stay healthy...don't see either one of those scenarios happening.



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