Artest in the West

Kurt —  January 26, 2006

The second part of the Laker midseason report card, focusing on the players, will go up later today or tomorrow morning at the latest. That said, there was some big news out west to discuss.

How good does Artest make the Kings? Good question. I thought Tom at Sactown Royalty had a good line the other day, “Obviously, this team needed something. An elite defender/frightening psychopath is certainly something.”

The championship window appeared closed in Sacramento, and this move may or may not pry it back open. But this gives the Kings a couple of years with a Bibby/Artest/Abdur-Rahim/Miller core — that is pretty formidable. If they can fill in the right pieces around it, and if Artest plays for two seasons without a meltdown, this could make them contenders again. If not, they have to blow the thing up and start over, which is basically where they were headed anyway. The Kings rolled the dice on this one, but it’s not a bad bet.

If nothing else, this should be fun to watch.


Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think: Vince Carter is down on Kobe because Kobe is not a team player.

(Note to Alanis Morissette: That is irony, not rain on your wedding day.)


One of the best basketball interviews I’ve read in a long time, with defensive guru Hank Egan, is up at, and is worth a read.


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