I had heard this before but couldn't talk about it.
Ok, let's cut right to the chase. The sources that told me this (& BTW it was more than one) told me right up front that this was not a little incident. Bird say's in the star that he doesn't care, from what I've heard the same cannot be said for Walsh.
From what I was told not only did Artest not show up for the meeting, he refused to return phone calls to the team. But yet he could make a radio interview.
Remember all of that talk of behind the scenes stuff, this is some of it. BTW, it's not all of it.
I know a lot of you love Ron, but I think you might want to prepare yourself.
This is partially why I've been trying to make ideas where Al didn't leave, because I'm not 100% sure he will be gone. I'm not saying he won't be, but then again....
Here is the part from the star article today.
Artest skips meeting
Ron Artest skipped his postseason meeting with Bird, drawing a fine from the team.
Artest said he didn't consider the conversation necessary.
"There was nothing to talk about," he said. "We lost."
Bird said at least one other player failed to meet with him.
"There were a couple of guys who didn't show up," he said, declining to reveal identities. "It don't bother me. People handle things differently. If guys don't do what they're supposed to do, they get fined."
Artest spent Monday in New York, conducting a round of radio and television interviews and an online chat with ESPN. He also planned to complete a compact disc he is producing by the three-woman singing group Allure.
He said it is scheduled for release in September.