The Houston Rockets reached an agreement with the Sacremento Kings, sending Ron Artest to the Houston Rockets in exhange of a first round pick in ’09, rookie Donte Green and veteran Bobby Jackson. Several teams, including the L.A. Lakers, were in the mix to land Artest, but it seems L.A. wasn’t ready to drop Lamar Odom. That’s finally the Rockets who get this awesome player.
Well, that’s what you might call a blockbuster trade! Not for the Kings who drop an All-Star caliber player, but Houston certainly did a hell of move by landing Artest. It looks like Rick Adelman’s presence in Houston was critical to get Artest. Actually, Artest kind of worships Adelman as a coach ever since the two of them worked together in Sacto. I guess Adelman must be the only coach able to handle a troubled guy like Ron…
I’m not a fan at all of Artest, who’s mostly portayed as an uncoachable guy. Somehow, I’ve been pigeonholing him as a hoodlum since the famous brawl in Detroit in ’04. But I have to admit he’s a hell of a player. Besides, his stats proves how much he’s skilled : he averaged 20.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 57 games with the Kings last season. Plus, he can play some tough D. The whole package.
Can you imagine what a threesome like McGrady-Yao Ming-Artest could create on the court? Obviously, they’re gonna create a lot of havoc in the Western conference, so much so every top teams should be wary of the new Houston Rockets. It’s gonna rock in H-Town next season, you can take it for granted!