Sunday, January 08, 2006

Pacers Want Ike

New York Daily News- Rings of conflict
Golden State wants Ron Artest, even if he looks like a questionable fit with coach Mike Montgomery in only his second NBA season and the Warriors lacking strong personalities in the locker room to keep Artest in place. So far, the Warriors haven't been amenable to including rookie Ike Diogu in a package to the Pacers.
In considering some slim pickings being offered for Artest, the Pacers have been firm in their demands for a young player with lots of potential. They like Diogu, a 6-8 forward taken ninth overall last June. But the Warriors are reluctant to deal him, since he is one of their few players who can play in the post.
Indiana seems to be more enamored with Diogu than Troy Murphy, whose outside shooting would be a perfect fit with Jermaine O'Neal. The Pacers are said to be against taking Murphy's remaining contract (five years, $50 million). They've told potential suitors that they want to shed contracts and lower their luxury tax. That's why they're looking to package what they consider bad contracts when they move Artest.
Would you move fan favorite Ike Diogu in a package for Ron Artest?


At 6:37 PM, Blogger Kirkkazas said...

I wouldn't do it. Not after reading this article. Ike is the only inside threat the Ws have now. Artest maybe an awesome talent, but he also has bipolar disorder or some chemical deficiency/imbalance.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger mikej said...

Second that, Kirkkazas! Point for point. Artest is NOT primarily a low-block defender, which is what we need more than a great perimeter defender (we have that Pietrus guy who's not half bad); and a psychologist friend of mine who's also a hoops fan says that Artest's problems go way deeper than just "feeling disrespected."

At 2:47 AM, Blogger migya said...

Reckon the team as is should all stay together! Yes, even dun for now! Dun, if he doesn't improve dramatically, can be traded simply for a future 1st round pick or even a second rounder if Pietrus and the rest of the team playe well with him not playing much (he should have his minutes reduced). Organisation is what is needed - Demanding and practicing defense, both individual and team D, as well as every other aspect.

This team has so many young players that will only get better! No need to do anything!


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