I'm not gonna paste the whole article, because it's very long, but here's the part you asked for.
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
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?
Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.
"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."
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.
Artest is one strange puppy!!! His agent probably would have something to say about that, not to mention the player's union!!!
Artest is never good for his word. He'll change his mind in at least 3 days.
Thanks gilpdawg !!!!
He's saying that knowing they won't let him do it. He also said he owes Indiana a championship remember...
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".
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!
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".
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.
This space for rent.
How is Ron going to afford to buy back all those Pacers jerseys then?
2007 SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS & 2010 AFC CHAMPIONS
1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, & 1987 NCAA CHAMPIONS & 2002 NCAA FINALISTS
1970, 1972, & 1973 ABA CHAMPIONS & 2000 NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
This coming from a guy who tried to work at Circuit City in Chicago to get the employee discount.
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.
Just incoherent ramblings from a ten cent head....
Nothing to see here but pure stupidity...
Move along, move along.
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.
Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.
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
Two=the number 2
To=many definitions-also known as the one to use when the other 2 (two, too) do not apply.
Their=shows ownership-'it is their house'
There=many definitions-also known as the one to use when the other 2 (their, they're) do not apply
Sorry but it bugs me when these are used incorrectly when I read posts on PacersDigest.com.
Well looks like Ron is going to keep his money after all