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February 22, 2008
Weekly Web watch (Post trade-deadline edition)

This weekly edition of 'Web watch' will be a little more brief than usual, mainly because my typing fingers have grown weary. But it will be here in some form every Friday.

ARTEST AFTERMATH

* There was a time late Wednesday night when I began to wonder if the Kings would still trade Ron Artest to Denver even if they did include Linas Kleiza. He had just destroyed Atlanta at Arco Arena, and the offensive makeup that no longer included Mike Bibby seemed to show promise in what was the second game without him. And while only Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie really knows, Nuggets coach George Karl claims he's not sure the Kings were ready to let Artest go.

* Until Artest is wearing that Knicks jersey, the New York media will continue to track that angle. Marc Berman of the New York Post does so here.

* In the weeks leading up to the deadline, I'd always heard that Karl didn't want Artest and Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Mark Warkentien did. The deciding vote, I started to assume, would be that of owner Stan Kroenke. But as it turns out - according to Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated - Karl's nay vote was enough to kill the deal.

* Travis Heath of Hoopsworld seems to be pretty well tapped in as it pertains to Denver. He breaks down the Artest non-deal and other Nuggets goings-on in this video.

* Not trade related, but Artest found his way into our news section today by donating to a good cause regarding dogs.

TRADES THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED

* Charley Rosen of FoxSports breaks down all the trades.

And because the majority of Kings fans couldn't spell 'Linas Kleiza,' let alone tell you about his game, take a peek at the man who was nearly a King.

- Sam Amick



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