Ron Artest has already experienced this reunion.
It's Chuck Person's turn now.
While the Kings assistant coach's first faceoff against his former franchise isn't quite as controversial as that of the mercurial Artest, Person will nonetheless be reminded of what could have been when the Pacers enter Arco Arena on Saturday. Person, who spent the first six seasons of his 13-year career in Indiana, was hired as a Pacers special assistant in 2002 and ended his tenure there as an assistant coach last season. Before departing, he had become a candidate for the head coaching position that eventually went to Jim O'Brien. Person even interviewed with Pacers president Larry Bird and CEO Donnie Walsh.
But Person eventually landed in Sacramento, where his close ties to Artest certainly helped him earn the job. Artest, who had best seasons while working with Person in Indiana, is an avid supporter.
"Right before I got suspended (in 2004) with the brawl (in Detroit), I was probably going to be the MVP that year," Artest said earlier this season. "Chuck Person is the only reason that I took my game to another level.
"When I (was traded in January 2005 to the Kings), that was the worst thing to ever happen, because I would've went anywhere with Chuck. It's just great to have him here."