Ron Artest RumorsAll NBA Players
Gary Payton, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Ron Artest, Bruce Bowen, Ruben Patterson — the self-proclaimed “Kobe Stopper” — and Raja Bell, to name a few. And certainly, Tony Allen, who Bryant anointed in this, his farewell season, “the best defender I ever faced.” “My approach was to try to force him one way,” Allen told CBS Sports. “When that didn’t work, give him another look. Reach a little bit. Reach at the hand that was dribbling the ball. Try to distract him. Pull his jersey if I had to — just kind of throw everything but the kitchen sink at him defensively and live with the result.”
Devin Kharpertian: Only four players were suspended for domestic violence or abuse charges in the David Stern era, for a combined 14 games. The four: Jared Sullinger (1 game, though charges were dropped), then-Ron Artest (7 games), Jason Richardson, Glenn Robinson (3 games).
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.