DENVER - There was a Ron Artest quote missing from today's Kings notes, and it was an interesting one.
In an e-mail in which he hit on the trade talks that nearly landed him in Denver before the Feb. 21 deadline, he said he didn't believe he would've gone to the Nuggets even if small forward Linas Kleiza was included in the deal.
"They never had a chance," Artest wrote. "I think Kleiza wasn't enough."
He could be right. In the week leading up to the deadline, Artest was playing his best basketball of the season and I remember asking a Kings official if Kleiza might not have been enough anymore to do that deal. I received a shrug in return, followed by an "I don't know."
* Ailene Voisin has a lengthy and intriguing Q&A with Kings coach Reggie Theus today if you haven't seen it already.
* Scott Howard-Cooper looks at the historic Western Conference playoff race.
* Chris Tomasson of the Rocky Mountain News caught up with Artest regarding the Nuggets trade talks as well. He had a few different thoughts from the Kings small forward.
* On a non-Kings related note, the latest celebrity sighting on the road was our own Urijah Faber.
The UC Davis product and WEC fighter was leaving the Sacramento airport on Friday and headed for Las Vegas with a couple of other brawlers. As our own Blair Anthony Robertson wrote today, Faber will be home soon enough to defend his featherweight crown at Arco Arena. - Sam Amick