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July 12, 2008
The Ron Artest update: I am Alex Trebek

With the Kings in Las Vegas....

It's not just you. I'm over the whole Ron Artest thing too. But he was in the stands today for the Kings' summer-league opener, as were Kevin Martin, Beno Udrih and Shareef Abdur-Rahim in different locations, and I couldn't resist a visit. The whole train-off-a-cliff thing.

Artest was in great spirits in what obviously has been a time of great professional conflict: he has sounded his disappointment over not becoming a free agent, he has said (again) he does not see a long future in Sacramento, yada, yada, yada. But he had fun with the questions, smiling at the banter.

Maybe his non-answer answers tell you a lot. A player not being able to say he wants to be with a team should mean something. Or maybe, as you know, it's just Ron being Ron and he'll change his mind soon enough, if it hasn't happened already, and there's no point in getting wound up in his latest inability to commit to the Kings.

The transcripts:

Question: What are your thoughts in your future with the Kings?

A: No comment.

Q: If you could be with any team next season, who would it be?

A: No comment.

Q: Have you asked the Kings for a trade?

A: No comment. That's too many difficult questions.

Q: What do you have a comment on? Let's try it that way.

A: Whatever you ask me.

Q: What are you here for?

A: Shareef is out here, Kevin Martin's out here, Beno's out here. I said I'd come out and kind of enjoy the trip with them. Spencer's playing and I want to see Jason (Thompson) play and I want to see Quincy (Douby) play.

Q: What did you think of Jason Thompson?

A: I liked him. He showed a lot of things. If he keeps working, he's going to be one of the better big players in the league, definitely.

Q: He seems to move really well for a big guy.

A: Oh, yeah. If he keeps working, he could be one of the better players in the league, because his game is already there. He's got all the tools.

Q: Do you hope that he's your teammate in October?

A: Maaaaan. You're like "Jeopardy!" You need your own game show. You can host it. That's good, though. That's good. I wish you had like a camera instead of paper so they could see the difficult questions being asked. It's good, it's good, it's good, it's good. It's cool. I will comment. I always comment. But sometimes I can't comment on things.

Q: How tough has the offseason been for you?

A: Not tough. I've had a good summer working out. I can't really complain. The family's doing good. Healthy. Can't complain.

Q: Do you understand that the Sacramento fans might be frustrated with the uncertainty?

A: That's not my concern. My concern is my concern. Everybody is their own people. I only can be concerned with what I'm concerned about. I'm not worried about what everybody else is concerned about.

Q: If you are back with the Kings this season, are you able to say for sure it will be your last season there?

A: No comment.

Q: What's with the no comments. That's not your normal style.

A: It's not. But there's certain things I can't really comment on.

Q: Because?

A: No comment. No, I'm just funning. Seriously, I don't know what my future is. I don't know, really, so I can't say anything.

Q: If you're not on the Kings, are the Lakers your preference?

A: No comment.

Q: What do you think of the weather today?

A: No comment.



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