Day by day used to be a medical reference in Ron Artest's world, something PR people came up with when a player was hurt and the future was unclear. And in that sense, that's exactly where Artest and his family are at right now, trying to get their 4-year-old daughter, Diamond, all the right treatment for her cancer and hoping for a quick recovery.
As his unfortunate experience has reminded so many how the game of life can be so much tougher than any basketball game, I thought I'd share a picture of Diamond with her dad from a few years back. She was 2 at the time, and the picture was published by USA Today for a piece they published on Artest.
There will be more from Artest in Tuesday's Bee, as he discussed his season at length in the Sunday interview and reiterated his desire to remain in Sacramento for years to come. Artest has an option in his contract this coming offseason that allows him to become a free agent. Yet as he knows, whether he's traded or not before then is the Kings' decision - not his.