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Artest Mum About Staying With Kings

Ron Artest wasn't traded, and can opt out of his contract after the season.
Ron Artest wasn't traded, and can opt out of his contract after the season. (By Steve Yeater -- Associated Press)

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

A day after the NBA trade deadline passed and Ron Artest stayed put, the Kings forward skipped into Sacramento's locker room about an hour before the tip-off of last night's game against the Bobcats.

Yet minutes later, when Artest was asked if he was happy to still be a King, he no longer was smiling.

"I have no comment," Artest said. "The most important thing is winning. That's the only thing that makes me happy. I'm happy when we win. I'm a sore loser."

The Kings, 26-28 following last night's victory, are hopelessly out of the playoff race. Artest can opt of his contract after the season, and Sacramento had discussed trading its small forward.

Denver was the most mentioned landing place for Artest, but no deal was made by the deadline Thursday.

¿ WALLACE INJURED: Bobcats leading scorer Gerald Wallace was taken off the floor on a stretcher during the game against the Kings after being hit in the face by an inadvertent elbow.

Wallace was double-teaming Sacramento F Mikki Moore in the post early in the third quarter and was called for a foul a moment before Moore swung around with the ball and elbowed Wallace in the nose.

Wallace crumpled backward to the floor and eventually was wheeled off the floor to an ambulance. A team official said he had a concussion.

¿ MAGLOIRE LET GO: The Nets placed former all-star C Jamaal Magloire, who signed in July, on waivers.

The eight-year pro played in 24 games this season, averaging 1.8 points and 3.4 rebounds.

¿ MURRAY CUT: The Pistons waived G Ronald Murray.

Murray, who signed as a free agent in July 2006, averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 19 games this season.

-- From News Services


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