Thursday, July 2, 2009
From Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
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 CBSSports.com 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.
Oh, 2009-2010 is going to be an interesting season. Shaq to the LeBrons. VC to the Magic. RJ to the Spurs. And now this. The Lakers are definitely the favorite in the West, but are they now the unanimous favorite in the entire league?
Cases can be made for Boston, Orlando, Cleveland and San Antonio. But this is a big upgrade, offensively and defensively, from Trevor Ariza.