Originally Posted by saKf
Many, many posters on ISH readily bash or pick apart moves made by NBA GMs, often giving suggestions of what they would do instead.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: build a team around Ron Artest that doesn't have saKf vomiting or cringing.
Put players (a full team, not just four starters) and a head coach around Ron Artest in such a manner that you think the team would actually work, and give reasons for your choices.
I wouldn't even try to build around the man, but if I had to (for the sake of this thread) I'd go with strong personalities. Not to combat Artest (that can be counter-productive as you're not going to beat him into submission) but to hopefully command his respect. Much like how Rodman didn't go off too many times when teamed with MJ and Isiah Thomas but had to be gotten rid of when placed alongside David Robinson, Artest may respond well if his teammates are tough guys, something I don't think he's had before. To that end, while keeping what kind of players are needed to win a title, I'd go with a team of:
PG-Jason Kidd: will help Artest and others score on the court and take no **** off of it.
SG-Rip Hamilton: Not a super-tough guy but a stable, mentally strong character that will play off the ball and hit open jumpers.
SF-Artest (of course)
PF-Ben wallace: Sure, he fought Artest, but they were on different teams then. Put together they'd make the d great and he won't be getting a lot of touches, which indulges Artest's desire to score.
C-TD is the easy pick, so to make it tougher...Brad Miller: Will hit jumpers (on this team, a necessity as the shooting is sub par) and has played with Artest on two different teams so should have a good understanding of his personality (on the court, at least).
PG/SG: Bobby Jackson, if he can still play, is a tough-minded character that would back up both gaurd spots well...if he's done for then I'd put Delonte West here for similar reasons.
SG/SF: Manu Ginobili. wanted another scorer off the bench, and as varied as Ginobili's background is, he's probably seen crazy before.
PF/C: Robert Horry. Always calm, and extremely clutch.
Edit: coach is PJ, of course.