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IndyHoosier
05-08-2006, 09:40 PM
http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/news/story?page=intelligencereport/060508&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba %2finsider%2fnews%2fstory%3fpage%3dintelligencerep ort%2f060508

gilpdawg
05-08-2006, 09:44 PM
I'm not gonna paste the whole article, because it's very long, but here's the part you asked for.
http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/news/story?page=intelligencereport/060508
Artest Makes Gallant Offer
The Maloofs might make this some sort of binding verbal agreement. Ron Artest claims he would play next season free of charge if the Kings bring back coach Rick Adelman and bruise brother Bonzi Wells. Adelman does not have a contract extension, never mind the eight consecutive playoff berths and near-miraculous turnaround this season when the campaign looked lost in January. Wells will be a free agent and is sure to draw considerable interest from teams after he took San Antonio to task in the first round. He also was the Kings' most steady performer in the regular season when he wasn't hurt, according to team president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie.



Here's the Pacers part:
Pacers Must Step Back To Improve
Well, I'm not privy to the team's finances, and while I know the Simon brothers could buy and sell me many thousands of times over, I don't know how willing they are to field a sub-standard team that doesn't produce home playoff purses. From a purely competitive standpoint, though, that is exactly what the Pacers need to do. Blow it up. Tear it down. Start over. Play the lottery. Get busy in free agency once the big contracts -- notably the Austin Croshere deal -- expire. Take two steps back, maybe three, before taking the largest steps forward. -- Indianapolis Star

Bball
05-08-2006, 09:45 PM
I'd think the union would have something to say about that unless he's talking donating his entire salary to a charity.... and what good (besides for PR) does that do the Kings?



-Bball

gilpdawg
05-08-2006, 09:48 PM
He's just grandstanding. Just like when Knight said he'd give his salary back at Texas Tech that one time. Never actually happen, and no one believes him anyway.

IndyHoosier
05-08-2006, 09:54 PM
Artest is one strange puppy!!! His agent probably would have something to say about that, not to mention the player's union!!!

Aw Heck
05-08-2006, 09:59 PM
Artest is never good for his word. He'll change his mind in at least 3 days.

IndyHoosier
05-08-2006, 10:01 PM
Thanks gilpdawg !!!!

Evan_The_Dude
05-08-2006, 10:09 PM
He's saying that knowing they won't let him do it. He also said he owes Indiana a championship remember...

IndyHoosier
05-08-2006, 10:35 PM
He's saying that knowing they won't let him do it. He also said he owes Indiana a championship remember...

June 9, 2007: Pacers vs Kings NBA Finals Game 7.

Artest had a chance to win the game for the Kings, but he threw the ball out of bounds at the buzzer to assure the victory for the Pacers. Afterwards, he said "I told them I owed them a championship and I delivered".

Los Angeles
05-08-2006, 11:14 PM
There's supposed to be a full article in the Sacramento Bee. I don't want to register there, so if anyone can get the Sac Bee article, please paste it. Thanks!

Anthem
05-08-2006, 11:18 PM
There's supposed to be a full article in the Sacramento Bee. I don't want to register there, so if anyone can get the Sac Bee article, please paste it. Thanks!
http://www.bugmenot.com/view/www.sacbee.com

Anthem
05-08-2006, 11:19 PM
Here it is:

Kings notes: Artest makes gallant offer
He says he'll forgo his salary if Wells and Adelman are brought back.
By Joe Davidson -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 am PDT Sunday, May 7, 2006
The Maloofs might make this some sort of binding verbal agreement.

Ron Artest claims he would play next season free of charge if the Kings bring back coach Rick Adelman and bruise brother Bonzi Wells.

Adelman does not have a contract extension, never mind the eight consecutive playoff berths and near-miraculous turnaround this season when the campaign looked lost in January. Wells will be a free agent and is sure to draw considerable interest from teams after he took San Antonio to task in the first round. He also was the Kings' most steady performer in the regular season when he wasn't hurt, according to team president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie.

"I'll give up my next year's salary to keep Bonzi Wells," Artest said.

Then he added about Adelman, a coach who put the ball in the man's hands and allowed him to create and attack, all while maintaining his penchant for defense: "I'll give him my salary, too."

Danger signs - Two players who needed to have big playoff series in order for the Kings to survive were veterans Mike Bibby and Brad Miller.

Both struggled. Bibby shot 33 percent (he struggled in the playoffs last year, too). Miller's scoring average dipped from 15 a game in the regular season to 9.2 against the Spurs, and he managed just 18 rebounds in six games.

"I'm upset and mad," Bibby said of his performance.

Bibby's salary swells to $12.5 million next season, and Miller's goes up to $9.6 million.

Carril status - Pete Carril, the longest-tenured Kings assistant coach, is not exactly sure where he will be next season.

He'll either return to the Kings and continue mentoring young players such as Kevin Martin, or he'll retire in or near his beloved New Jersey, where he coached at Princeton.

Carril, 75, has maintained all season that he wants to return to the Kings only if he feels "wanted." The players want him back, to a man, as do the coaches and Petrie.

"I feel wanted, yes," Carril said. "But I haven't made up my mind yet if I'll come back."

Wells on his status - Wells said he will not return to his native Indiana, where he runs camps and clinics, until June at the earliest. His kids are in school, and he'd like to stick around long term, all things considered.

"It's a business, and I can't take it personally (if he is not re-signed or is traded)," Wells said. "I've been part of trades before, but I've told (management and ownership) that I don't want to go anywhere. I'm very happy here. I love the community, I love the city and I love the fans.

"They can sign me if they want to."

Rick on scheduling - Adelman was more than willing to speak on behalf of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about the quick turnaround for the defending champions, who closed out the Kings late Friday, flew back to Texas on Saturday and had to prepare for the Dallas Mavericks in an early game today.

"It's a travesty they play Sunday afternoon," Adelman said. "Who in the world thinks that's fair to play another game within 36 hours with the travel? I know Pop won't say anything, but it's a travesty."

Adelman then paused, smiled and said, "I don't think they can fine me for that, can they?"

Will Galen
05-08-2006, 11:21 PM
June 9, 2007: Pacers vs Kings NBA Finals Game 7.

Artest had a chance to win the game for the Kings, but he threw the ball out of bounds at the buzzer to assure the victory for the Pacers. Afterwards, he said "I told them I owed them a championship and I delivered".

I was thinking along the same lines before I ever read this! (laugh)
I wasn't going to give mine until I read yours.

Again Pacers vs Kings NBA Finals Game 7. The Pacers are leading by one and time has aspired, but Artest has been fouled. He misses both free throws and then says, "I told them I owed them a championship and I delivered".

Anthem
05-08-2006, 11:22 PM
Here's the part I found interesting:

Danger signs - Two players who needed to have big playoff series in order for the Kings to survive were veterans Mike Bibby and Brad Miller.

Both struggled. Bibby shot 33 percent (he struggled in the playoffs last year, too). Miller's scoring average dipped from 15 a game in the regular season to 9.2 against the Spurs, and he managed just 18 rebounds in six games.

"I'm upset and mad," Bibby said of his performance.

Bibby's salary swells to $12.5 million next season, and Miller's goes up to $9.6 million.

Shade
05-08-2006, 11:39 PM
How is Ron going to afford to buy back all those Pacers jerseys then?

Big Smooth
05-08-2006, 11:45 PM
This coming from a guy who tried to work at Circuit City in Chicago to get the employee discount. ;)

Ragnar
05-09-2006, 12:16 AM
He's just grandstanding. Just like when Knight said he'd give his salary back at Texas Tech that one time. Never actually happen, and no one believes him anyway.

Except that Knight actually followed through.

BoomBaby31
05-09-2006, 02:18 AM
He's just grandstanding. Just like when Knight said he'd give his salary back at Texas Tech that one time. Never actually happen, and no one believes him anyway.

I may be wrong but, I believe Knight did give his whole salary back to the school in a form of charity, or he donated it to the loop(a highway that does a complete circle through town) in Lubbock can't remember which one.

BoomBaby31
05-09-2006, 02:21 AM
No matter who the Kings sign or who they put together they are never going to win a championship as long as the Spurs are around and healthy. The spurs have so much chemistry they are going to keep winning until someone gets luck and with 7 games series I doubt that is going to happen.

Stryder
05-09-2006, 06:34 AM
Just incoherent ramblings from a ten cent head....

Nothing to see here but pure stupidity...

Move along, move along.

Rinuven
05-09-2006, 10:04 AM
June 9, 2007: Pacers vs Kings NBA Finals Game 7.

Artest had a chance to win the game for the Kings, but he threw the ball out of bounds at the buzzer to assure the victory for the Pacers. Afterwards, he said "I told them I owed them a championship and I delivered".

:worship: Now THAT was funny! Bravo!

Artest changes his mind as much as I change shirts. Which at a minimum is daily. Except for those few binges in college.

PacerMan
05-09-2006, 11:41 AM
He says it now, and next season he'll be saying he'll sit if they don't pay him more than his current contract.

CableKC
05-09-2006, 12:33 PM
Artest is one strange puppy!!! His agent probably would have something to say about that, not to mention the player's union!!!
Don't forget....Artest's agent is stupid...he might think its a good publicity stunt.

BigMac
05-10-2006, 01:21 AM
He's just grandstanding. Just like when Knight said he'd give his salary back at Texas Tech that one time. Never actually happen, and no one believes him anyway.


Ahh, but he did. And it was a real nice thing to do especially since all but $25k of his contract was paid by Indiana University in the final year of his pay out of his existing contract after he was fired. He made it into a donation to the University. It was not grandstanding but rather a nice shove into the university that fired him because all of their money, in reality, was donated to TTU.

But I will say he kept his endorsement money which is much more substantial than his salary. If he chose to donate that money than that would have been a really great gesture :)

Kingsfanbmiller
05-10-2006, 01:31 AM
Well looks like Ron is going to keep his money after all:(