Originally Posted by DKLaker
Come on, I already know about your hatred of Artest and that you wouldn't trade Luke for him straight up for the same salary
The guy brings it every game....like I say with Phil he would be like Rodman was. No Question.
it's not hatred it's common sense, I look at the guys career and see nothing but one implosion after another, people who think artest is suddenly going to change stripes and become something he is incapable of becoming are just fooling themselves.
you can't compare rodman to artest, rodam was crazy because he wanted to be, there's a reason the reporters in houston call artest "crazy pills"
Honestly look at his career and tell me one team that has benefitted from his being on the squad long term? and Phil controlling him? Phil's not even sure he wants to coach anymore because he doesn't have the energy. You tell him he's got to babysit ron and the guy will be sitting on his front porch watching the trout jump on flat head lake next june...lol
Artest is the type of player you sign when you're trying to get off the mat, when you're willing to take a gamble. not when you're at the top of the hill trying to stay there. the lakers need minor tweaks not large scale changes.
You also say odom was good because he was in a contract year? so was artest.
lastly artest is looking at a 9 million dollar yearly payday and the lakers have zero way to pull off an artest signing unless it's a sign and trade deal and then there you are again taking apart a championship roster to bring in an unknown factor...
it's just solid basketball knowledge you don't tear something down and rebuild something if it works
I'll stick with Kobe on this one, bring back odom and ariza there is no discussion