Artest-Stojakovic deal helps both teams
Former NBA coach Jim O'Brien thinks that both the Pacers and Kings will benefit from the Artest-Stojakovic trade.
Originally Published: January 24, 2006By Jim Obrien | ESPN Insider
Any team trading for Ron Artest knows that it is taking a chance. The Sacramento Kings go into this, I'm sure, with their eyes wide open. Considering Peja Stojakovic's salary situation, it is probably a decent roll of the dice. Artest will immediately bring an attitude that will challenge his teammates to take their defense up a notch or two or three. Chemistry will be a huge issue now in Sacramento, not necessarily in the short run, when Artest has to be on his best behavior, but in the long run. Bonzi Wells has been well-received but also has a track record of being disruptive. The Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Kenny Thomas playing time issue is still a concern, too. So you wonder how things will fall out in the locker room down the road.
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