Attention breathless media members: If you want to know where Ron Artest plans to play next year, we suggest you start scouring Sac Kings online forums.
Sam Amick of the Bee reports today that Artest is reading Sacramento Kings message boards in an effort to determine if the fans want him back.
“If I’m going to be in Sacramento, I want to know what the community is thinking about me,” he said. His latest research came after the Kings’ loss to the Lakers on Sunday, when he went on the Internet to assess the latest tone.
“(After) that last game, it was ‘Ron Artest don’t pass the ball,’ and one guy said he didn’t want me in Sacramento,” said Artest, who didn’t play against Golden State because of a sprained left thumb. “I was like, ‘Wow, what about the other games, when the teams were doubling and I was passing out of the double teams and we won the games?’ But it’s all right. I don’t worry about it too much.”
No big shocker, considering Artest’s past, proven affection for fans in the stands.