Bear with me now.
Ron is one of the best defensive players in the league. He creates both offensive and defensive mismatches against almost every team in the league. But with our depth and strong coaching, I think we would benefit from replacing Ron with a player of a slightly lesser caliber.
A player like Kstat.
1. Kstat can be counted on.
You never knew what Artest was going to do. On the other hand, Kstat is reliable. You can always count on him to be ready with a slyly condescending post that reminds us that the Pistons are ultimately superior to the Pacers. Kstat provides the kind of stability that we never enjoyed with Ron.
2. Knowledge of the league.
Ron was always so caught up in fighting fans of opposing teams, promoting his record label or demanding a trade that he never really paid much attention to the nuances of other NBA teams. Kstat is hindered by no such preoccupations. With loads of free time on his hands, he's gained the knowledge of a seasoned NBA scout, and that's an invaluable asset that Artest just doesn't offer.
When push came to shove, Ron more or less crumpled under the pressure. Kstat, on the other hand, has the durability of a cockroach in nuclear winter. Abuse him all you want. It doesn't phase him.
4. "Plays well with others" factor.
Ron couldn't even play with members of his own team. Meanwhile, Kstat is right at home hanging out with fans of a rival team. He won't smash a camera or punch a fan when someone makes a smartass thread like this one.
If you ask me, Ron for Kstat is a no-brainer. The question is, will Detroit be willing to deal him? Let's hope so.