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Artest Accuses Coach of Tanking, Gets Fined

Mar 4, 2008 – 2:05 PM
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Tom Ziller

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Mercurial Enigmatic Crazy Fascinating forward Ron Artest spent last Friday insisting his 27-32 Sacramento Kings could make the playoffs, if only his coaches (led by Reggie Theus) would not give up on the season. How did he know his coach had given up? Because Artest got yanked.
"I'm glad coach didn't give up like he did in Miami," Artest said. "In Miami we were down 14, (and) he pulled me out. We got down 26, and he put me back in the game."
Artest only played 33 minutes in that game, more than any other King. He also happened to shoot 3-14 from the floor with three turnovers. He also happened to miss shootaround the same morning, owing to "headache and stomach issues," allegedly owed to two nights in Miami (according to one teammate, Mikki Moore, on the record). He also spent 10 minutes in a shouting match with Theus after said game, when Theus questioned the effort of a partially hungover team who just lost by 20 to the worst team in the league. This latest quote (above) earned Artest a $5,000 fine. The Sacramento Bee's Sam Amick considers it prevention of mutiny from the non-Ron part of the team.

Ron Artest does not take crazy pills. His actions are perfectly reasonable. You are a quitter if you disagree with him.
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