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Does Lakers forward Ron Artest want to be traded? "No. definitely not."

Artestpierce Ron Artest fired back Wednesday at an online report that used anonymous sources to say the Lakers forward wanted to be traded.

Artest said he was happy with the Lakers despite their recent funk and refuted that he wanted to be dealt before the Feb. 24 deadline.

"No. Definitely not," he said after the Lakers practice. "I feel good every day. We've got a chance to win multiple championships here...trying to work towards another banner."

Artest hasn't had an entirely seamless season. He and Phil Jackson had a well-publicized disagreement at practice late last year in which Artest told the Lakers coach to stop criticizing him publicly to reporters and also privately in front of teammates.

Artest was the last Lakers player to leave the training facility Wednesday, hanging around after practice for extra shooting.

"We're sticking together," he said. "We're moving forward. That's all that matters.

"I'm never frustrated no matter what happens out there. Same thing in the playoffs, we were losing, down, and we stay confident. People thought we were going to lose last year against Boston in the championship. Lost a couple games, things went wrong, the media started trying to pinpoint certain things. What did we do? We come out victorious."

Even if Artest wanted to be traded, it would be difficult to move the 31-year-old. He has three years and $21.8 million remaining on his contract after this season.

Jackson said he would be surprised if Artest wanted to be dealt.

"You guys know that's something we don't put credence in, those [media] reports that have very little to do with what's really going on," Jackson said. "I think Ron really cares about the team and his performance....I think that Ron enjoys being in L.A. I think he likes the Lakers and I think he likes the action. I think he likes the attention that we get as a basketball club. I think that feeds into who he is as a person."

Kobe Bryant didn't want to comment on the trade story but seemed agitated by it.

"I keep the train moving," Bryant said, before taking aim at critical media reports in general. "We're going to keep moving and in June, they'll say nothing."

-Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest battles the Celtics Paul Pierce for position in Sunday's game at Staples Center. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images.

 
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Take that BSPN/Marc Stein! That's fine for me. Glad he specifically mentioned he's not frustrated as that is what his bro Daniel said about him.

WELCOME BACK TO THE FAMILY RON RON!

lol...


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

To say Carmelo plays no defense is absurd

and yes, I've seen him play


Clapper off for that blogger on that statement

Thanks Walter,

Realistically, there will be no trades, but Mitch has fooled us once or twice hasn't he?

What the Lakers need is a new starting line-up and bench rotation.

Why a great player like Lamar Odom is not starting is beyond comprehension.

Derek Fisher needs to swallow his ego and tell Phil it's time for him to come off the bench. I would have so much respect for him if he'd do that, but that has about as much a chance as Luke Walton retiring from his injuries.

Bringing Artest and Fisher off the bench is a simple enough solution. Artest can be that defensive enforcer a second unit needs and Fisher can bring a stable mindset to the offense that Jordan Farmar could never figure out.

If you can't trade em use em in their best possible roles.

Clapper on

I love that ESPN has "breaking news" about this and 1 minute later I'm reading this blog refuting the statement. They should call it ESPmelodrama!

Why would he want to get traded from a team that is a dynasty?! Speaking of dynasty, tonight on MINUTE TO WIN IT a dynasty is made with the Bishop family as they make go for the million dollar challenge for the first time in the shows history!

@Cyber & 63 Footer – both with Swan Song…worthy of back2back.


@MVP & Cyber – I’m sure Orlando would make the deal because they need the defense and toughness. But I prefer to keep Ron. This team has enough offense. Besides I don’t know if I could stomach the Lakers trading for two Dukies : - ) (right DBDH)


@mclyne – Good one. Is that Ron Harper or Roy Harper….j/k. I always love songs that pay homage to those that paved the way. Kinda of like Kobe talking about Big O, Magic and Jerry.

IF NOT FOR RON ARTEST, Lakers won't have a championship last year. HE battled Pauk PIerce and made shots in game 7.


Artest was the true MVP in game 7.


And the Lakers will need him again in June 2011.

If Ron says..."we're sticking together" that's good enough for me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQddWwQLyeU

I do not think there is a team in the league that can beat Bynum/Gasol/Odom/Caracter/Artest/Barnes/Bryant/Brown/Blake in best of seven series in the playoffs.


The Lakers are set, just need some Hollywood drama right now.


Where is Ron Ron's therapist , during all this drama filled season ? and why is she not on the Lakers payroll full time ? If he wants to leave let him go..Matt Barnes the junk year dog can take his place, when he comes back...or a trade with Ariza..is fine with me...

@MVP & Cyber – I’m sure Orlando would make the deal because they need the defense and toughness. But I prefer to keep Ron. This team has enough offense. Besides I don’t know if I could stomach the Lakers trading for two Dukies : - ) (right DBDH)

Posted by: LRob | February 02, 2011 at 02:23 PM

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I was simply trying to point out that Artest has more trade value than people think, so I believe I came up with a sensible deal which proved my point. This is a deal that I would consider if I were the Lakers, but you, on the other hand, wouldn't make that trade if you were the lakers but might if you were Orlando. So I think I made my point. I think. :)

Stein's comment: 'though he (Artest) my deny it publicly.' Was his way of saving himself from being called an exagerrator. That being said, Ken Berger, makes shit up as he goes, same with half of ESPN's staff.

Stein is a credible reporter. I can't help feeling that because he lives and writes in Dallas, that somehow, they're trying to divide us as a family and pick our bones.

We're in this together. Don't feed the haters. That's my take.

"Stein's comment: 'though he (Artest) my deny it publicly.' Was his way of saving himself from being called an exagerrator. That being said, Ken Berger, makes shit up as he goes, same with half of ESPN's staff.

Stein is a credible reporter. I can't help feeling that because he lives and writes in Dallas, that somehow, they're trying to divide us as a family and pick our bones.

We're in this together. Don't feed the haters. That's my take.

Posted by: sean | February 02, 2011 at 02:51 PM "

Because it's Ron, it's hard to say who's telling the truth and who's lying. I don't know if Ron even knows.

Marc Stein: Says Ron wants to be traded but that he'd probably deny it, leaving Ron no ability to disspell the rumor.

Ron's agent: Says Ron doesn't want to be traded and is just frustrated with losing.

Ron: Says he doesn't want to be traded and is NOT frustrated.

Nothing matches up between the 3 other than Marc's softball prediction that Ron would deny the rumor. Ron's play on the court and comments (or lack thereof) will tell the real story over the next few weeks. No reliable conclusions can be drawn from what we have here so far.

Best quote in weeks:

""I keep the train moving," Bryant said, before taking aim at critical media reports in general. "We're going to keep moving and in June, they'll say nothing."

I sense this omniscient presence of a storyteller as they tell the eventful and perilous tale of the 2011 World Championship Los Angeles Lakers. The story is unfolding. It'll all be worth it Laker fans!

"Where is Ron Ron's therapist"?

I think he's busy working on The Bachelor right now! LOL! It's the funniest thing I have ever seen, the Bachelor goes on these dates, he's making out with girls, then he hotlines his therapist! Not once, EVERY SHOW! LOL!

The report was wrong, Ron Artest didn't ask to be traded ... it was the FANS wondering where his shooting skills go

How about trade Artest for Shane Battier in Houston? Numbers match but Artest has 3 years and this year on his contract. Or Artest and Theo for D. Wright and Charlie Bell in Sacramento. Wright is a good offensive player and the Lakers need offense since Fish and Artest are having bad years. Bell has a bad contract maybe the Lakers can tell the kings that they would take that bad contract is they take Artest contract. They get no production from Bell and maybe they could sell them on the fact that Artest will be more productive and maybe get some more people to come to the games. Thoughts?

Nothing matches up between the 3 other than Marc's softball prediction that Ron would deny the rumor. Ron's play on the court and comments (or lack thereof) will tell the real story over the next few weeks. No reliable conclusions can be drawn from what we have here so far.

Posted by: Bay to LA | February 02, 2011 at 03:06 PM

That's all good points Bay. Though, if Ron wanted to truly be traded, David Bauman would have been the first to know. He also wouldn't have refuted the story, he would have declined comment and not retort or he would have let it slip since crap rolls downhill and Stein wouldn't have been the first in the know.

Stein didn't think Washington was going to trade Caron Butler either.

Reporters make mistakes, it's part of their job, happens all the time.

Much ado about nothing.

I believe Ron. I can see where he would love it in L.A. No situation is perfect, but for a basketball player, the L.A. Lakers are about as good as it gets. Ron's been around the league and I'm sure he knows that.

Ron doesn't need to be spectacular for this team. Just be defensive minded and bring some toughness. Rick Fox comes to mind. He played his role on the Lakers very well. That's very similar to what the team needs from Ron.

I do think that Ron can be sometimes overwhelmed by the exhaustive media coverage surrounding the Lakers. Sometimes in his post game interviews, he has a look like he just wants to be left alone to sort out his thoughts. I also think that some of that same media has a very condescending attitude towards Ron. I particularly thought that about the Kam brothers. Ron's quirky personality and penchant for unusual quotes have a lot of reporters salivating to hear what he might say next. It's important to remember that Ron Artest is also a human being trying to navigate through life, and not just a possible source for a juicy or funny quote.

I also think that some of that same media has a very condescending attitude towards Ron. I particularly thought that about the Kam brothers.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 02, 2011 at 03:50 PM

Since you brought it up bronx, I have a question about that.

Why do the Kbros and others such as Broderick Turner feel they have the right to disrespect these players? I do not understand that. Particularly Lamar, Turner seems to dig at the guy, than tries to diffuse his arrogance, I don't like that or seem to understand how they feel they can be so disrespecful.

Anyone have some lucid thoughts on the subject?

"That's all good points Bay. Though, if Ron wanted to truly be traded, David Bauman would have been the first to know. He also wouldn't have refuted the story, he would have declined comment and not retort or he would have let it slip since crap rolls downhill and Stein wouldn't have been the first in the know.

Stein didn't think Washington was going to trade Caron Butler either.

Reporters make mistakes, it's part of their job, happens all the time.

Much ado about nothing.

Posted by: sean | February 02, 2011 at 03:37 PM "

It's expected that a player in this situation and his agent deny everything and try to say all the right things. Whether it's true or not, I expect them to publicly say all the right things about staying where they are to avoid looking like a problem child or a cancer. If they ask Ron's agent if he wants to be traded and he says "no comment", that's going to be interpreted as a 100% confirmation that he wants out and it will all go downhill from there.

I can see it being true and I can see it being nothing more than speculation from someone too far outside to know the truth. Unnamed sources have been wrong plenty of times before. I'm just going to go by what I see over the next few weeks. Does he crumble under the constant questioning he is going to endure about this? Does he start making vague comments about his future? Does LA start mentioning his name in deals? That's what I'm going to wait to see. Until then, I'm assuming he is staying.

In June they'll say nothing because it will be SAN ANTONIO and MIAMI in the Finals!

its to early to judge the lakers!

The general fan base knows very little about the inner workings of professional sports. I trust Buss, Kupchak, and Jackson when it comes to matters of importance for the Lakers. They have proven that they can win, and do it better than anyone else in the NBA.

The players are professionals and understand their ability, their bodies, and how to pace themselves.

The media, like ESPN, are there to stir things up and force comments. Without that, they have nothing to attract audience.

The Lakers will prepare their game for the playoffs, as Jackson says they will. We'll face San Antonio for the West title, and then Boston in the Finals.

This is a completely different team in a long series. Jackson coaches differently, and the players adjust to the opponent as the series unfolds.

Come June, Kobe is right — the media will just shut up and look for a place on the parade route.

>>>I love that ESPN has "breaking news"

Their breaking news is about as effective as breaking wind.


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