You Just Can’t Keep Artest Quiet About Offseason

It’s well known that Ron Artest is always good for some soundbites. So SACRAMENTO BEE reporter Scott Howard-Cooper followed the current (but soon-to-be ex?) Kings player out to Vegas, where he was checking out the NBA Summer League action.

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Scott caught up with Ron and tried to get a few words out of him about his tumultuous offseason. And each time, the reporter got exactly two:

No comment.”

Here’s a transcript of their little tete-a-tete:

Question: What are your thoughts in your future with the Kings?

A: No comment.

Q: If you could be with any team next season, who would it be?

A: No comment.

Q: Have you asked the Kings for a trade?

A: No comment. That’s too many difficult questions.

Q: What do you have a comment on? Let’s try it that way.

A: Whatever you ask me.

Howard-Cooper may have been persistent with his questions, but Artest was just as stubborn with his answers. The showdown continues:

Q: If you are back with the Kings this season, are you able to say for sure it will be your last season there?

A: No comment.

Q: What’s with the no comments. That’s not your normal style.

A: It’s not. But there’s certain things I can’t really comment on.

Q: Because?

A: No comment. No, I’m just funning. Seriously, I don’t know what my future is. I don’t know, really, so I can’t say anything.

Q: If you’re not on the Kings, are the Lakers your preference?

A: No comment.Q: What do you think of the weather today?

A: No comment.

But Scott finally did get Ron to break when he asked him about Kings draft choice Jason Thompson, and Scott may have found a new calling if the sports reporting career doesn’t pan out:

Q: Do you hope that he’s your teammate in October?

A: Maaaaan. You’re like “Jeopardy!” You need your own game show. You can host it. That’s good, though. That’s good. I wish you had like a camera instead of paper so they could see the difficult questions being asked. It’s good, it’s good, it’s good, it’s good. It’s cool. I will comment. I always comment. But sometimes I can’t comment on things.

Do we think Artest is being his ol’ unstable self again? No comment.