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New 710 ESPN podkast!!!

Stressed out over Trevor Ariza's contract negotiations (the latest chapter involving a visit with the Houston Rockets brass)?  Well, relax with the latest edition of our 710 ESPN Lakers Podkast, which will totally take your mind off TA.  Except, of course, for the section where we discuss the situation, along with the approach employed by his agent David Lee.  But hey, at least it's a different vehicle for dwelling. 

We also ponder what life would be like if Ron Artest replaced Ariza (a rumored possibility) and how Twitter has turned the NBA world all kooky.

Plus, we catch up with Shannon Brown and chat up topics like what it's like to be a champ, his hopeful return to the fold and weight lifting.  Here's a separate cut with just Shannon, if you'd like to hear his interview right away. 


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Lakers got artest!! YES YES YES!

Not stressed any more!

Lakers got artest!! YES YES YES!

Really...did we really agree to sign Ron Artest...?

I won't believe it until its official. Its got to be a rumor...right?



Artest just told CBS Sports senior writer Ken Berger that he’ll be signing with the Lakers.


Would PJ really buy off on this? Especially with his health problems - does he need a head case on his hands. He has a heart for the current team with TA on it.

But if TA chooses to leave - the welcome RonRon!!! Keep your head on straight and we have our dynasty!!!!!

These next few seasons seem to be moving in a "Clash of the Titans" direction, with the Lakers not the only supercharged team, look at the Magic, Spurs, Celtics (perhaps with Sheed), even Portland if Oden gets his act together and stays healthy, while we'll have a lot of mediocre to bad teams to balance things out.

IS it true...Artest ...

If we really got RonRon, which would lead me to believe that LO will return as well, I'm going to freak'n party like it's 2012 tonight!

I still wouldn't mind snatching up Quinton Hosley for a cool $1 million though to groom as Ron's eventual replacement.

Is artest really coming?? I want Trevor before Artest. Artest has "sticky hands" he looooves to have the ball. I don't know how I feel about it. How much are we paying him, how long is his contract? Maybe if we can get him for cheap we can keep Ariza too. If only we didn't have Luke! >:[

Artest said this:

"I don't really care about the money," Artest said. "I'll play there for nothing. ... L.A. was very interested in me, and they got me."

P.S. That's what David Lee gets for tempting the Lakers and playing cat and mouse with Mitch

Holy moley. Head case though he is, Artest is an even better
defender than Ariza, he's a better 3-point shooter than Ariza
(though a lower % shooter overall), and he will get a lot more
open looks with the Lakers than he EVER got with Houston or
Sacramento or Indiana.

I'm not sure if it's a done deal or not.

And here's the real kicker...

What if the Lakers' intention all along was to sign BOTH Ariza
and Artest. I'm sure all you Luke/Sasha doubters would LOVE
the idea of Artest starting and Trevor backing up both him and
Kobe, thus relegating Luke and Sasha to sitting on the bench
next to MBenga and Powell. And their defense would be intense
with those three as their main wing defenders.

But maybe that's hoping for too much.

But I would be perfectly happy with the Lakers getting Lamar
and either Artest or Ariza. That would put them back into the
clear favorite to repeat. Adding Shannon would just be gravy.

Two Words:

Nasty Dynasty.

Shh go to 710 espn right now.

Ariza should fire his agent.

You play with fire and you will get BURNED!

It coulda been great Trevor. The boat has sailed.

By Ken Berger for CBS Sports

Here are the details:


Shaq can have LeBron. Ron Artest says he'll take Kobe.

Artest, whose versatility and toughness have made him one of the most coveted and combustible players in the NBA, told Thursday that he's signing with the Lakers.

"I'm definitely going to L.A. -- to sign, yeah," Artest said in a phone interview. "Lakers, Lakers, Lakers. I'm in L.A. right now."

Artest said he met with Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss Thursday and previously had spoken with Lakers coach Phil Jackson. He was en route to his financial manager's office, where he planned to huddle on the phone with his agent, David Bauman, to finalize details.

Artest's exuberance -- he spent the whole summer in L.A., including several appearances at Lakers home games during the NBA Finals -- got ahead of the process a bit. Other teams that made overtures for Artest -- including the Cavaliers -- have not yet been notified that Artest is signing with the Lakers. (Consider them notified.) Bauman has spoken with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, but parameters have not yet been agreed to. Still, it's pretty clear where Artest is going.

"I don't really care about the money," Artest said. "I'll play there for nothing. ... L.A. was very interested in me, and they got me."

UPDATE: Lakers spokesman John Black declined to comment on Artest's assertion, but another person with knowledge of the situation corroborated Artest's account that he will sign with L.A. pending the financial parameters being finalized.

Only 24 hours earlier, the buzz was focused on Artest joining LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal in Cleveland in what would've made a potent Big Three on the shores of Lake Erie. It would've been, well, eerie, too: Artest's internal combustion engine, combined with LeBron's exquisite dominance and Shaq's alpha-male, all-round Shaq-ness would've been something to see.

But Artest said talks with Cleveland "never got that far." Told that Cleveland, by all accounts, had extreme interest, Artest said, "I don't know how extreme. I love the Cleveland Cavaliers, though. I love LeBron and Coach (Mike) Brown and Shaq."

But what he really loves is L.A.

"L.A. is what it is," Artest said. "I've been here for the whole summer, and it's pretty good. It's good for me. I know Lamar Odom, so that's pretty cool."

Artest spoke as though Odom would return to the Lakers to join Artest and Kobe Bryant for another title run. The addition of Artest would mean the Lakers have to choose between Odom and Trevor Ariza. Obviously, Ariza would be the odd man out and already has expressed displeasure with the Lakers' efforts to lure him back with only the mid-level exception.

UPDATE: The addition of Artest is a coup for the defending champion Lakers, who have faced the prospect of trying to retain their own free agents, Odom and Ariza, and have seen other contenders make major efforts to improve. Most notably, the Celtics dispatched their Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, along with coach Doc Rivers and managing partner Wyc Grousbeck to Detroit on Thursday to offer free agent Rasheed Wallace a mid-level contract. Cleveland's acquisition of Shaq put the Lakers, Celtics, and Magic on notice that the Cavaliers were making a serious push for a title next season. The Cavs' pursuit of Wallace, Artest, and Ariza signaled that they weren't finished after the pre-draft trade for Shaq.

"I talked to Coach Phil, and I was happy to talk to him," Artest said. "Big fan of Coach Phil. My agent talked to Kupchak, and I met with Dr. Buss. I'm very, very excited."



I gotta say, I even got a little tear in my eye right now, because I'm sincerely happy for Ron, who I feel has got the short end of the stick the past several years, and is now going to be able to remake his image and realize himself, and I'm excited about our real opportunity here to go dynasty, with LO almost definitely coming back now that Ron is on board.

Damn, we're loaded, a freak'n basketball Valhalla, and I don't anticipate any problems from anyone, and Drew has still yet to really bust out (only injuries have stopped him).

"I talked to Coach Phil, and I was happy to talk to him," Artest said. "Big fan of Coach Phil. My agent talked to Kupchak, and I met with Dr. Buss. I'm very, very excited."

I said it before and I'll say it again:

Ron Artest 2009 = Dennis Rodman 1996

72 wins, here we come!

This move doesn't necessarily make them a better team. But more importantly, it keeps Artest away from Cleveland.
Both Artest and Ariza are good defensive players. Even though Artest is better offensively, on the Lakers he will be mostly a spot up three point shooter just like Ariza.
Nonetheless, great move keeping Artest away from Cleveland. That would have put them over the top.


Looking to boost their already surging web traffic, Andy and Brian Kamenetsky today announced that they had brokered a deal for the Lakers to sign Ron Artest with their MLE despite a very large faction of bloggers who have signed up for the “Just Say No to Ron” Bandwagon. Artest’s agent said that he met with both Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak yesterday afternoon and then sealed the deal with the Kamenetsky brothers that evening. According to Andy, Ron-Ron said that he would not only guarantee winning another NBA championship but also a minimum of 1,000 hits per thread. The Kamenetsky brothers said that they have been looking for a replacement for the vaunted Mike T. for the last two years. Part of Ron’s deal includes weekly threads dedicated to Kwame Brown’s calves and seal-the-lane defensive tactics as well as the restoration of the wildly popular post-game column known as the Jackson Journal.


Now Phil Jackson has a reason to come back next year!

Pig, you're right, I thought we'd have a chance to win 70 last season, until Drew got hurt, with Drew healthy, LO back and adding RonRon? We might win 75.


Nasty Dynasty.

Now use Morrison's with Vujacic's contract to get LO.

AI for the vet minimum.

I put down the pipe.

Well, here goes a roll of the dice. Good Ron Ron accepting his role is a dangerous player, a real defensive catalyst.

Bad Ron Ron holding the ball and not his temper could destroy this team.

Kobe, Lamar and Pau need to do what MJ and Pippen did with Rodman - make him feel good and needed, but keep him in his role and under control.

Laker haters will love this.

Too bad about Trevor. I really think he could have developed into a very good player here, had a long career as a title contender, a fan favorite, outside money. He should not have let his agent give the Lakers this opening, he should have come in trying to find a way to make a deal in LA. This was a career blunder and a life blunder for Trevor.

Bring back Trevor! Big, long guy who can play the system, can handle the ball, can shoot the three, and make the big play on defense.

P.S. That's what David Lee gets for tempting the Lakers and playing cat and mouse with Mitch

Posted by: cinz | July 02, 2009 at 04:22 PM
Absolutely! This time, it backfired. Going to a (now) non-championship contending team for the same money out of spite? C'mon!!!

Ariza should fire his agent.

You play with fire and you will get BURNED!

It coulda been great Trevor. The boat has sailed.

Posted by: ChicNstu | July 02, 2009 at 04:25 PM
Sad, but true.
David Lee overestimated his agent skills. David Lee let Trevor Ariza overestimate his basketball skills. Mitch Kupchak let them underestimate his General Manager skills. Ron Artest is coming to town with underpaid, mad skills!



I guess that whole getting along thing and gelling was too unLaker like. Man Ron is a great player, but he has to stay calm, cool, and collected. Good luck Phil, you have just received a bigger challenge then Rodman. This could work, BUT ITS CRAZY! Man, I hope the Rockets implode though and we get Trevor back somehow someway. That guy was born to play in LA. Now are biggest challenge is to make sure Phil comes back, he's now more important than a point guard. I'm pretty sure this means Odum is in the bag now, but its never a sure thing. Come on Lamar, I'd rather have you than that crazy Turk.



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