“He’s only worked out for three teams – the Knicks, Wizards and Lakers – so teams still don’t know the work he’s put in or what he’s done. They still think he’s the old Hasheem, when he really isn’t. I think people will see that he is a different player when he gets with an NBA team and he gets in games and he plays well. That’s when, I think, people will start investigating and wondering what he did over the summer to improve. I mentioned his name to a couple other teams [outside of the three that worked him out], people I know and trust in the league. I won’t mention those names, but they hadn’t seen him and so the only memory they had of him is the old Hasheem.
The starters lost. Brown told the losers to run. A fuming Artest booted the basketball to the rafters. Brown confronted him. “I yelled, ‘Ron, don’t kick that ball!’” “I’ll do what the (bleep) I want,” Artest yelled back. “Don’t you kick that ball again,” Brown demanded. Artest didn’t. He instead charged toward Brown. “I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god, I’m gonna have to fight him,’” Brown said. “Please somebody help me. Michael Smith – Michael ‘The Animal’ Smith – stepped in and stopped the thing.”