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DS: You know, over the years, we were working on so many different — you mean, when we were working with Magic Johnson and HIV, or dealing with Latrell Sprewell and the thing with his coach? We were dealing with Ron Artest going into the stands, we were dealing with [Tim] Donaghy, we were dealing with Gilbert Arenas. We were dealing with subsequent lockouts. We managed to keep very, very busy — like, Holy Moses, what’s up today? What’s on the table? And so, for us, there was a lot to do. Me: Is $2 billion for the Clippers an outlier? DS: Oh, no, I don’t think it’s an outlier at all. I think it values one of the markets with the highest television revenue locally. It values the opportunity, the sponsorships, the ticket prices, the building, in a spectacular way. And well deserved.
“Fair” didn’t mean getting another Bryant, just an an All-Star… like Ron Artest, whom Jackson admired, but Sacramento declined to put him in a three-team deal, sending Bryant to Chicago. (Bryant and agent Rob Pelinka took part in trade talks, having gotten the Lakers’ permission to contact other teams). The Kings dumped Artest on Houston months later as the Lakers turned their fortunes around with the development of Andrew Bynum, whom Kupchak had drafted out of high school, and the acquisition of Gasol.
Many Knicks fans have wondered if Metta World Peace will go back to his original name — Ron Artest — now that he’s back in New York. It looks like those fans may get their wish. World Peace said in an interview with ClevverNews that he plans to change his name this season, though not legally. “We are going to do do a name change, but I can’t tell you what it is,” World Peace told an interviewer with ClevverNews.
If the Knicks are doing background checks on Metta World Peace, all James Dolan has to do is pick up the phone and call his unofficial consultant, Isiah Thomas. Thomas, the former Knicks president and head coach, coached World Peace for two seasons with the Indiana Pacers when the Metta still went by the name on his birth certificate, Ron Artest. Thomas, according to a source, enjoyed his brief time with Artest, who was named to the All-Defense second team in 2003.
A league source familiar with the Nets plans says the team has “no interest at this time” in MWP. The 6’7″ small forward will have to get through a blind auction and become an unrestricted free agent for the Nets to even talk with him. The Nets cannot bid on MWP in the auction because they don’t have cap room. Only teams below the cap can bid in amnesty auctions.