Colin: Is this thing totally dead? 100% dead?
Mark: Absolutely not, Colin. Joe Maloof told reporters, I know, last night, through the Bloomberg New Service that the deal was not dead. And I talked to Ron last night, late last night, and he said, hey, he's not saying he won't go to Sacramento, so I don't think it ever was dead, actually.
Colin: I'm going to go on a limb here: The teams want it, I think the agent wants it, Ron Artest isn't opposed to it, the Maloofs are great sales people. I'm going to go on record saying I think it's going to happen........Let's talk from the Pacers' standpoint. What does it do for them?
Mark: Well, it gives them a player, at least, and they don't have one now. Ron Artest isn't playing for 'em, so whoever they get should should be able to help. And certainly Peja Stojakovic can help them. They would be a better team with him than they are right now without him....In strictly basketball terms it's a better deal for Sacramento. I think Artest is a better player than Stojakovic, he's younger, he's more complete. The question is can you keep him on the court. If they can do that, the Kings come out ahead, but it's not a bad damage control deal for the Pacers.
Colin: Jermaine O'Neal got hurt last night. How serious?
Mark: Don't know yet. He'll be checked further this morning, but he said there was a pop in his groin and I don't think any of us like the idea of pops in their groins.
Colin: Oh, absolutely. I'll agree with you, Mark, on that.
Mark: So, uh, he could be out a while.