Ron Artest decided not to opt out of his contract in Sacramento and after that he was vocal about his decision saying that he made a mistake. A typical Ron Artest manner…
We all know him on his famous brawl against Detroit and his out of the world comments against his teammates. It would take a very tolerant team to take on Ron.
The Los Angeles Lakers wanted him to be part of the team. Phil Jackson knows very well how to control Ron his just like Dennis Rodman reinvented with an offense. Ron wanted also to be a Laker but with the Lakers salary options way beyond the limit it could only offer Artest 5.5$ Million a year. He declined the Lakers offer and decided to stay in Sacramento only to bombard the management with harsh comments.
Sacramento has more than enough of Artest and traded him for guard Bobby Jackson, rookie forward Donte Greene and some cash considerations to the Houston Rockets.
Houston needed Artest’s defensive ability. The Rockets knew of the package they are getting into… Chemistry and dealing with Artest’s attitude in and out of the court might be an ordeal they will have to face everyday. But the Rockets are willing to take the chances knowing that they have the most physical and defensive player in the NBA today. Shane Battier and Tracy Mcgrady knows that pretty well when Ron was in Sacramento.
Like in every human being we all have are good sides and Ron Artest might be a stereotype of player but he knows for sure how to place himself in a team. Emotions get the worst out of Ron but also his emotions get the best out of him on the court. His attitude would have gotten him out of the NBA but his talent and ability still made him a sought after player in any team. His defense made him sustain his career in the NBA.
He gave Kobe and Michael Jordan a hard time even breaking Jordan’s ribs on a practice game. Hopefully his transition with the Rockets would give him a rejuvenated mindset coming into next season or stays the way he is… A typical Ron Artest manner.
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