BREAKING NEWS: Artest to Houston for Bobby Jackson, rights to Donte Greene, 1st Rd. pick

And people say the Gasol trade was one sided?

ESPN: Ron Artest is not going home to play for his beloved New York Knicks. Artest didn’t get the fairy-tale trade to join his Southern California buddy Kobe Bryant, either.

He’s also not complaining.

Artest was unmistakably giddy in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a phone conversation with ESPN.com as he discussed his forthcoming trade to the Houston Rockets.

“I’ll be a kid in a candy store,” Artest said. “I’ll be a kid in a store with a lot of candy. I’m going to dance with the stars.”

Instead of the trade to Hollywood to Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers, as many around the league expected, Artest is headed to Houston for a reunion with Rick Adelman, who ranks as his favorite pro coach.

In a swap first reported Tuesday night by The Houston Chronicle, Sacramento has agreed to part with its rugged but controversial swingman in exchange for a first-round pick in 2009, newly drafted Rockets rookie Donte Greene, Kings alumnus Bobby Jackson (and his salary cap-friendly contract) and a first-round pick in 2009.

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  • lakers4life

    wowowowwowowowowowow

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    F*** Me!

  • lakerschamps09

    umm wow.. u can see kings still hate us.. and this trade sucks…watever just destroy the rockets

  • Short Diezel

    NO!!!!!!!!

    This move is going to make Houston an even stronger opponent now.. look at their roster!!!

    12 Rafer Alston G 6-2 175
    31 Shane Battier F 6-8 220
    Ron Artest
    1 Tracy McGrady F 6-8 223
    11 Yao Ming C 7-6 310
    17 Brent Barry G 6-7 210
    3 Steve Francis G 6-3 210
    Donte’ Greene F 6-11 226
    44 Chuck Hayes PF 6’6″ 238
    2 Luther Head G 6-3 185
    14 Carl Landry F 6-8 248
    55 Dikembe Mutombo C 7-2 260
    20 Steve Novak F 6-10 208
    4 Luis Scola F 6-9 245

    Wow.. that is all I can say.. Lakers front office.. are you there???

  • Jloyola

    chron.com???

  • Lakers 24 7

    FUCK ME SIDEWAYS!!!!!!!!!!
    I hope he ruins their team chemistry or something, NO WHY NO WHY!>!>!?!?!

  • lyk13

    Should have known, never to trust the queens. -_-

  • The Cougar

    this is so ridiculous.. idk if i should even believe it… that is a hundred times worst than the pau gasol deal….. at least they got cap room, and a very talented young Javaris, and Marc Gasol.. this deal just makes absolutely no sense…. and idk who houston would start.. alston, mcgrady, artest, scola, battier and yao.. thats scary

  • carlo

    mitch? what did you do?

  • lafanfromindiana

    This has to be a false story.

  • Jloyola

    alright just saw the ticker on ESPN… errrr

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    OH GOD, OH MAN, OH GOD, OH MAN, OH GOD, OH MAN, OH GOD, OH MAN…

  • megaloco10

    mcgrady, Yao and artest sounds good..

    doesn’t matter guys lakers will be # 1 again..

  • dub824

    that sucks… the west is even more powerful with that trade.. all the good western teams have a trio

  • Marty

    What this trade shows me was we had no intentions of trading for Artest or the Kings had no intentions of trading with us. I seem to think the Latter, even without putting Odom in the trade, we could have gave them something just as good as that trash the Rockets put together.

  • Odom the worst player

    Well all you idiots who want the lakers to keep Odumb you got your wish. Now we will see this was a big mistake. I’m glad Houston got Artest. Our front office is a joke. So are these stupid Odumb fans.

  • kPoAbUe

    ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE!!! LOL

    KILLING US AND LAKERS HERE FRONT OFFICE!!!!!

    DO SOMETHING!!!!

  • Salty

    The refuse to believe it until I see it on ESPN or elsewhere; otherwise, this obviously sucks.

  • Go Lakers!!!

    GET MARION!!!!!!!!!

  • Matthew

    wow this cant be right because i check espn.com and nba.com and nothing is there so idk but it is ok i still like odom

  • domz

    thats ok boyz, now we have a reason to trade for tayshaun, shane battier or josh smith…

  • kPoAbUe

    ISNT THE SHAKING WAKING U UP FO DO SOMETHING @SS HOLES

  • e

    wtf…

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Guys keep in mind that it isn’t mitch’s fault if this went through. It’s up to the Queens to deal with the Lakers. We can offer the world but if they say no then it’s a no. Oh well, I think that our main 4 will still be tough to beat especially if it’s moving and working on all cylinders.

  • Ko8e_f@n

    wow. :o

    the west is REALLY tough.

  • carlo

    yeah.. the queens didnt want to deal within their division..
    i hope odom would have a break out year…

  • DCLAKER

    For those who don’t know (OR STILL IN SHOCK,HAHAHAHAHA).

    http://www.hoopsworld.com/!

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Odom having a break out year???? I’ll be happy if he learned how to use his right hand and right side of the court.

  • einyo

    at least he is not a laker….we could have given them vladi and mihm though

  • goodfella

    lol. yes, thank god artest will no longer be considered for the lakers. houston is going to have a big problem, let them deal with that mess. now the lakers can squarely focus their attention on getting the matrix, prince or josh smith. I say the lakers should try to get josh smith.

  • rei24mamba

    thATs a S*** trade

  • ab4sure

    [Comment ID #47488 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Nothing like the Ice Cream Man to give us a COOL perspective.

  • DCLAKER

    TIME TO CALL CHI-TOWN!!

  • e

    as lopsided as this trade is and as unhappy as i am with this trade going down (esp benifiting a team that i dislike a lot), i was losing faith in getting artest and also losing faith in artest working out with us anyway..perhaps we can look to acquire a better sf or staying the same to see how we do with the current lineup

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com Jamie Spears Insider

    That is one lopsided trade. This is exactly the same situation as the KG trade. Lakers offered more than Wolves/Rockets did respectively but both Celtics/Kings rejected the deals.

    I do hope people out there realized that this is not Mitch’s fault. Mitch tried to make the deal work. Just like before (when he offered Odom and Bynum for KG), he made a good offer to the kings (odom for artest). Looking at the first round pick the Kings get in the trade confirms that Kings hate Lakers. How is that first round pick going to be useful if the Kings just made the Rockets a West powerhouse?

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com Jamie Spears Insider

    Sorry for the double post but I’d like to add…

    WOW, Rockets now have Battier AND Artest to guard a Kobe/Lebron/Wade/Pierce/Anthony…unbelievable..

  • Salty

    Alright, ESPN is reporting it. It’s cool, at the least it solidifies another Pacific Division title for the Lakers and a top 3 playoff spot. Let the Southwest Division kill itself.

  • john

    Our team is fine. FISH,KOBE,ODOM,GASOL,BYNUM = RING!

  • sumo390

    Better do somethin Mitch…

  • Make a Move, Mitch.

    My Laker friends we now have a reason to be worried. Last year we made out of the West with ease, like it was a joke. Now the Lakers chances of making it to the Finals just go slimmer. Oh crap! This sucks! Houston will definitely be troublesome. Their big 3: McGrady, Yao, Artest. Don’t forget they have players who can potentially explode next year: Scola can still improve; Francis used to be one of the top point guards; Battier not much worse than Artest defensively; Donte Green is a big man; THE LIST GOES ON AND ON FOR THE ROCKETS.

    YOU KNOW THAT ONE GUY WHO SAID MITCH WAS JERKING HIS D*** OFF IS RIGHT. THE LAKERS F.O. IS SITTING THERE IN THEIR PRIVATE ROOMS WACKING OFF WHILE OTHER WESTERN TEAMS CONTINUE TO MAKE MOVE AFTER MOVE. I HOPE THIS ARTEST TRADE GIVES THEM MORE BONERS SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO WACK OFF. NOTHING PERSONAL GUYS, JUST A JOKE.

    Wow, a real shot at the NBA Title last season, but failed. And now a real threat to the Lakers Dynasty for years to come. Yes, LA will be dangerous for the next 4-5 years, but so will Houston be. I guess the EARTHQUAKE really knocked the hell out of the Lakers’ management.

  • domz

    This is a blessing in disguise guys…

    At least artest was not traded to Boston…

    Who’s next? Josh Smith?

  • daboss1849

    F uck Mitch… you should have pulled the trigger on it first… The rockets look damn good now…

  • M0Z

    Lakers need to counter….time to get the Matrix

  • Sako

    its ok, im not that worried:

    1) Mitch knows when to and when not to make moves. (ex. Last summer with Kobe, Bynum, & Odom. Pau Gasol)

    2) His lack of decisions is the reason why we made it to the Finals. He didn’t have some huge master plan where we make 15 trades and 15 signings, yet we made it to the Finals with only one trade and a bunch of no trades.

  • lafanfromindiana

    I would rather have Prince than Josh Smith. Prince has won championships and Smith has had one impressive playoff series. Prince and Kobe are also learning each others games in the Olympics right now.

  • Make a Move, Mitch.

    [Comment ID #47509 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Prince is not that athletic. Sure he’s a long a** defender at 6’9″, but he’s known as a “stick figure.” He’s so damn skinny and he will not help cure the Laker’s weakness which was exposed during the Finals- physical toughness and experience. I would prefer Josh Smith’s offense any day. Plus look at what Smith is better at: jumping + dunking, blocking, JUMP-shooting (not SET-shooting), defense, length, etc.

  • lakerferlife7

    Odom the worst player
    Jul 29th, 2008 at 6:23 pm
    Well all you idiots who want the lakers to keep Odumb you got your wish. Now we will see this was a big mistake. I’m glad Houston got Artest. Our front office is a joke. So are these stupid Odumb fans.

    wow so the fo that pulled off the gasol trade is a joke???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????…

  • Sako

    My Prediction: Yao Ming & Tracy McGrady are gonna miss 25 games each. Ron Artest will gonna eventually get angry that he has to be 3rd fiddle behind Yao & Tracy.

    Come on, did we really want to have a guy that: sold drugs, applied for a job at Circuit City for employee-discounts, went to practice in a bath robe, ran into the stands to beat up a fan that threw a drink at him, asked for a month off from playing basketball to record a rap album, demanded a trade and made himself his own agent.

    Now he isn’t gonna change playing under Hitler in Houston.

  • Smush Walton

    Let’s see what did we do this offseason…

    We let Ronny go (to “free up money for Artest”), we signed Sasha, we signed our draft pick (who will sit on the bench all year). That’s about it folks! Looks like when all is said and done we will end up doing NOTHING to improve our team. Is anyone surprised? We’ve seen this comedy act before. (remember last year’s orgasm about getting Garnett? – that was a farce.) Meanwhile, the Sukdics go out, get Allen, Garnett, Posey, PJ Brown (who else am I missing?) and they win the title. Mitch?, “well we are really happy with our current roster”. What an IDIOT! Every time I hear him interviewed I marvel at how well he is doing after his lobotomy.

    Yeah – he acquired Gasol. I think he most likely stumbled into that one. If Bynum hadn’t got hurt numb nuts might have been “happy with our current roster”. The guy is a Clouseau! He’s clueless! The Lakers, the premier sports franchise, deserve better!

    Then we read article after article about who is on the verge of “coming to the Lakers”:
    Ron Artest, James Posey, Sheldon Williams, Quincy Douby, Sean Marion, Robert Horry, Kwame Brown, Moe Evans, Brent Barry, Josh Smith, Michael Findley, Garbajosa, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Kurt Thomas, Pietrus, Maggette, the parade of names just goes on and on!

    All of these stupid articles about how the Lakers are so close to getting Artest – it was all a farce – a joke ! Just a lot of BS, shoveled out to the fans. Meanwhile, Mitch just sits there babbling incoherently there with his thumb up his rear playing with himself.

    I can see it now, just before the start of the season he will pick up a few nobodys who will take up space on the bench all year, contributing NOTHING, ala Newble, Mbenga, Coby Karl, Mihm.

    Well I hope all of you Lame-ar lovers are happy. His FIFTH year as a Laker and TENTH as a pro “figuring out his game”! We get to enjoy another season of his HORRENDOUS outside shooting, scarecrow defense, ridiculous charge fouls, and inept flinging up the ball to the hoop while falling down with his legs all tangled up. Come on Mitch OPEN YOUR EYES you fool! Plus we get to follow the antics in the life of our team joke Smush Walton. Hopefully V-lady Moronovich will go on another ski trip so this time we can DUMP him, which unfortunately we did not do the last time.

    What the he!l is our front office doing?

    We have to face it folks we have a MORON for a GM.
    Plain and simple.

  • lafanfromindiana

    Fact of the matter is Prince has Rings and will have a gold medal while Josh Smith will have an impressive highlight reel and a slam dunk trophy. Prince has very high basketball IQ and can work in the triangle. Smith, in an impressive way ,can create his own shot one on one, but I’m not sure if he can play that good in a set offense like the triangle. No knock on Smith, he just doesn’t have the experience.

  • Banzai

    I knew this trade would not happen. Well hopefully the rumors or done for because now that the supposed Josh Smith rumor is left….I won’t hold my breath lol…

  • rei24mamba

    we have a bench that will lose to any D-League team… sgnn good vteran mitch get your ass up and to something

  • sammie

    damn! screw you houston! Lakers front office COME ON!!! get us a great talented player on our team already!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/fabezee fabz24lakers

    DAMN IT!!!!

  • Make a Move, Mitch.

    [Comment ID #47514 Will Be Quoted Here]

    The experience will come as he is ONLY 22 years old. You have no proof that he can play the triangle well or that his basketball IQ is better Josh Smith’s. I don’t want a set shooter on my favorite team. I play basketball in real life and I WOULD NOT want a set shooter on my team during a pick-up game. Set-shooters have nothing to offer when someone is right up in their face. They can continue to set-shoot and get blocked, or they try a jump shot which is out of their rhythm. I don’t like Prince’s set-shooting ways. By the way if your argument is IQ, look back at the Eastern Finals where all you see are each Detroit player playing one on one individual offense. Are you telling me that he has a high IQ when all he did was ball hog on fast breaks and shoot the ball by himself with a Celtic defender in his face? Even if he does have higher IQ than Smith, you know he won’t be an upgrade over Odom nor will his IQ be better LO’s. Not in this world.

    This is the reason why Mitch doesn’t want to trade. People don’t realize how much versatility the Lakers will lose if they trade LO. Again, don’t tell me Prince has a higher IQ than Odom. You have no evidence of basketball IQ. It is only a matter of one’s measurement/opinion that decides for an athlete’s IQ.

    What difference does it make that he has a ring other than experience? An NBA ring doesn’t make a player better. It doesn’t give him 45 inch vertical hops. So what, Brian Scalabrine has a ring! Are you gonna say that he’s good too?

  • DCLAKER

    Short Diezel GETS MAJOR PROPS for his comments.

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com Jamie Spears Insider

    [Comment ID #47508 Will Be Quoted Here]

    You are absolutely right! Also, for those of you who set we let go of Turiaf because we wanted to save money for Ron Artest needs to get your facts right. (http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/080728vujacicresigned.html) Mitch told the media during Sasha’s signing that it was a combination of two factors. 1. Turiaf felt he could play a bigger role and a better career in GS. 2. Lakers agreed on the fact that Turiaf wouldn’t get a lot of minutes (since most would go to Gasol, Bynum + some to Vlade and Mihm) and it may not be worth it to pay 5 mil a year for someone to play 10 minutes a game. Note, he played less than Sasha last season.

  • DCLAKER

    …and by the way Mitch,

  • SliqRiq

    [Comment ID #47480 Will Be Quoted Here]

    [Comment ID #47513 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Made it to the NBA Finals when we weren’t supposed to make playoffs
    Made it there without 1 of our best perimeter defenders (Ariza)
    Made it there without our young stud starting center (Bynum)
    Made it there with Fisher having a torn ligament in his ankle
    Made it there with the MVP having a torn ligament in his finger
    We are just fine the way we are, some people want an all-star for every position for the Lakers, not going to happen.

    Accept the team we got!!!! Enough said

  • Make a Move, Mitch.

    [Comment ID #47523 Will Be Quoted Here]

    So what about the video? All you unreasonable Laker fans praise a player for just some videos? Try watching the real games for once. That was just one dunk. Just because some dude dunks on another, doesn’t make him a better player. You should stop praising dunkers and start praising shot blockers. You should realize and think outside the bun (not just one-sided) that it is easier to DUNK than to block a dunk. When players dunk they go in with force, power, less risk, and sometimes, with both hands. A dunk is an easy, expected move. An attempt to block a dunk is much harder as you have to have the right timing, swing the blocking hand and the right place at the right moment. It is a reflexive move. One video doesn’t mean much.

  • Zen Master

    [Comment ID #47523 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Nice dunk, but I say we don’t judge based on one video. Josh Smith has endless lists of blocks and dunks. EMBARRASSING DUNKS AND BLOCKS ON OTHERS. You shouldn’t discredit him just because he got dunked on. Every NBA athlete gets dunked on you know. Kobe, LeBron, Carmelo, etc. all got dunked on before. Are you going to say they suck because of that?

  • yellowpurplefever

    It all started with Boston’s Danny and Kevin doing favors, then Us with Memphis( West’s connection) and now, Queens and Rick Adelman linkage. Its NBA old school style. Freaking Queen never would trade with us from the start. Teasing Lakers fan. If I go to Vegas, I will never spend a penny at the Palms ever again.(like they need my penny)lol. Some of you are right, lets focus on Matrix or Prince even J.Smith for Lamar. Answer for those who thinks Lamar will have a breakout year is NO, NO and NO, remember that stupid STAR on his head at the begining of 2007/2008 season? What happened?!

  • lakerfanthousandoaks

    Lets not be too hasty here guys, obviously Artest going to the rockets is going to make a good team even better but we are not so bad ourselves. Lets look at a potential western conf finals match up against them shall we?

    PG: Derek fisher/Jordan famar vs Rafer alston (Alston is a good shooter, but so is fish and with anotehr nba offseason under his belt expect jordan farmar to get even better! (advantage lakers)
    2 guard KOBE VS T-MAC. Both are amazing players, however Mamba not only is a slightly better scorer than t mac but is definitely the better lockdown defender.
    (Advantage lakers)
    3 small forward
    Lamar odom vs ron artest
    Many people say we shoulded lo for ron ron, but i don’t think so. We will have a 6 10 small forward with geat handles, and no histroy of being a nut case! ARTEST IS AN Amazing player and lo will have his hands full on every possesion, but lo outplayed marion in the series vs the suns both years and his length in my opinion will bother artsts jumper.
    this matchup to me is a draw.
    Pau Gasol vs luis scolar
    I love the way scolar plays with intensity and skill but pau is a different class. He will pick him apart with pump fakes and ball fakes down low in the post.
    Advantage lakers
    Andrew Bynum vs Yao ming
    The hardest match up to call, no one really knows what to expect from bynum , we all hope he is the same monster that was dunking on amare and the suns last christmas but knee injuries are tough. Meanwhile yao has proven himself when healthy to be in the same conversation as superman (dwight howard for best big in the league.
    Advantage houston

    I think Houstons bench will cause problems with battier, brent barry, steve francis but our bench is not bad either. Farmar, sasha, luke, vladdy, ariza are all capable of putting up at least 10 points off the bench and having an impact on the game.

    I pick lakers over rockets in 6 to win the west and lakers over celtics in 5 to win the finals!

  • Thomas

    Thank you! lts about time! now we can get over this crapband work on getting a real payer that can get things done. l like the idea of Josh Smith coming and playing for the Lakers but he would crowd the small forward position and we woukd have to move either Luke, Lamar or both.

  • lakerfanthousandoaks

    Oh and SMUSHWALTON
    You are an idiot, Mitch was one of the biggest reasons that we had the year that we had last year. Why trade for artest and potentially ruin the chemistry(which is amazing) in our locker room, when we can have a front line of odom, gasol and bynum all of whom can pass and will make us a force on the inside.

  • lafanfromindiana

    [Comment ID #47520 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Sorry to get your panties in a bunch. I was just giving my opinion. The part about you playing basketball in REAL life is hilarious. In all my years of playing basketball, I must have been playing in a fantasy world or a video game, and your the only one who has played in REAL life. I wouldn’t pick a guy with a set-shot in a pick up game either if I had the choice of picking a player with a 45 inch vertical but a pick up game in a gym isn’t an nba game. A 45 inch vertical only gets you so far….. just go ask Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets. And no, just having a ring doesn’t make you better,but Prince was part of the starting core in their championship run.

    I would rather keep Odom than take Prince if he was offered and see how we start out the season. I was just stating that I would rather have Prince than Smith because so many people on here want Smith just because he has good youtube videos. Smith will be awesome and like you said is only 23 yrs old but just like Kobe I want to win now.

  • Big Phil

    Wow! I’d have to say Houston got a whole lot better. They already have a superb defender in Battier, and now coupled with Artest?! I totally agree with Smush Walton above. Mitch stumbled into the trade with Gasol, and would never had made any trades had Bynum not be injured. I still consider Mitch to be one of the dumbest front office folks in line with Kevin McHale. No team will ever win a title with Odom and Fluke as active players on their team.

  • Moronovich

    [Comment ID #47529 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I know other teams don’t want Luke or Vlade, but the Lakers can throw them in like something extra. We are already crowded at SF as it is, but trading Odom for Smith and Claxton will keep the number of SF the same so it will be alright.

    [Comment ID #47523 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Also, TO BLOCK A DUNK IS 10 TIMES HARDER THAN DUNKING.
    FACTORS: -chance of missing the block
    -chance of foul
    -always harder to react than to act.

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Mamba2410

    YES! Thank you Rockets, thanks so much, I don’t want Artest here, he’ll ruin us, plus Odom can defend OK anyways. Guys, WE DON’T NEED ARTEST, WE NEVER DID, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT WE NEVER REALLY GOT HIM LET ALONE ACTUALLY WANTED HIM ALL THAT MUCH!

    P.S. I told you that this would end up like the J.O. situation did, we talk way too much about how much we need him when we don’t and everyone makes up a fuss about it and he ends up going to another team being happy elsewhere, told you, TOLD YOU SO! MORONS (excuse my french guys!)!!!!!!!!!!

  • Make a Move, Mitch

    [Comment ID #47531 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I would rather keep Odom too. Phil and Mitch should wait to see if things work out. It’s too early to tell how they well they will compete with the current roster. We understand. Then if Odom “decides to have another year off,” they can trade him.

    Artest was traded so the heat can’t have him. I was thinking if the heat are still interested in Odom?

  • kPoAbUe

    When i read all of this comments it got me thinking which side i want to be on.

    Dont worry fans OR Mitch do something now fans.

    Well am i die hard Laker fan so i go with the Mitch do something now plan becuz you guys (the dont worry fans) are wrong. What if and there is a possiblity Bymun or Ariza or someone gets injured what do we have left we dont have ronny no mbenga noone big except Mihm who just isnt the same person anymore. We have 2-3 players who we can trade for verteran player those are Lo farmar and 1st round pick of 09. We can let go of farmar for a verteran big man like nazahr mohhamed who averages 7 ppg and 6 boards for his career and he is a solid bench player. We can get Sun Yue to replace farmar. We can work out a deal for LO and get a andre nocioni and a tyrus thomas for jokiam noah for him. With the lineup of

    fish/sun yue
    kobe/sasha
    nocioni/ariza/vlad/luke
    pau/thomas or joakim
    bymun/mohhamed

    that can be a good team becuz nocioni is a very good shooter and not really a defender but ariza can stop him. Also we have backups for our big men so we are set.

    I dont know what you guys think but i like those moves.

  • Freshh


    Mitch should of pulled the trigger

  • gspence001

    the rockets were 2 games back from us last year and yao was hurt
    now they have a core of t-mac, yao, and artest
    the rockets also now have two defensive stoppers in artest and battier

    mitch u better do somethin this is crazy

  • Laker24

    Guys Dont Worry About Rockets Will Crush Them Anyways.Who Could Match up to our line up. Our front line will kill them, 2 7-footers,and 6-10 Small Foward, And Plus We have the best player in the game. We Dont NEED ARTEST, We juss have to sign a veteran who could play d and play at least 15 minutes agame.

  • Daryl Imhoff

    This move is really curious. Last year Houston let Bonzi Wells go to New Orleans because he was a locker disturbance, and now they trade for Ron Artest! The Lakers are not going to make any significant moves until they see how this group plays together.

  • http://getgarnett Louis

    So what let Artest go to houston, we are still better than them. I still don’t think they are better than us.Yes they will better but not better than us.At least artest didn’t got traded to Boston.

  • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

    [Comment ID #47512 Will Be Quoted Here]

    very nice point. BIG PROPS FOR SAKO

  • http://twitter.com/andrewho andrewho

    Great deal for Houston, glad to hear it as a Laker fan, I got tired of the Artest for Odom talk

  • west213

    this wont happen

  • ricky

    DAMN KINGS! I THOUGHT THEY REALLY WANTED TO GET RID OF KENNY THOMAS’ FAT CONTRACT AND WAS WILLING TO GIVE OUT ARTEST ALONG WITH HIM, BUT I GUESS THEY ONLY WANTED TO SCREW THE LAKERS WITH TRYING TO DUMP THOMAS’ CONTRACT TO US AND TAKE BACK LAMAR. THEN THEY GO AROUND AND JUST BASICALLY HAND THE ROCKETS RON ARTEST FOR ONE OF THEIR FORMER PLAYERS, BOBBY JACKSON AND A ROOKIE. THIS MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE KINGS STILL HAVE ILL WILL TOWARDS THE LAKERS.

    STUPID KINGS!! STUPID ROCKETS!! THE LAKERS ARE GONNA KILL BOTH TEAMS IN THE REGULAR SEASON REGARDLESS SO IM NOT SO WORRIED. YAO, MCGRADY AND ARTEST HAVE NOTHING ON KOBE, PAU, ANDREW, AND LAMAR. PLUS, WE GOT THE MACHINE!!

  • Michael_23

    [Comment ID #47467 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Wow, and we would have offered sooo much better. Vlad Rad, Luke, LO … ca mon now. Yes the Kings hate us.

  • Michael_23

    This trade makes no sense … The Rockets already have Shane Battier. And Ron is going to leave the Rockets since this is his last year in his contract. T-Mac is already at SF. What the heck???

  • RAZOR RAMON

    I think the unnamed player is tracey mcgrady….

  • ab4sure

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    Rockets gave up very little. Artest can guard four positions 1-4 so they will have alot of flexibility.

  • VoiceofReason

    Now we know to beat the s*** out of the kings next season when we play them.

  • VoiceofReason

    At least we can agree on one things Celtics wont be getting the gold next year.

  • lakers4life

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    r u saying the rockets will win it all next year?

  • PGMVP

    The Kings still hate us i mean look at this deal the only positive about this deal is Donte Green that´s it. I don´t understand the kings cause for sure you will get a good prospect in donte green but don´t they have enough prospects already Spencer Hawes and Kevin Martin, Beno Udrih lot a young players there at least if they get odom not only they will have a good solid player but they will get a big expiring contract then after this season they could go after good free agents.
    The Rockets got better but i don´t think they got better than us we still have our twin towers and also we still the best player in the world KB24.

  • ROCKETS!!

    ITS OVER! DO YOU GUYS ACTUALLY THINK THE LAKERS WILL BEAT US? WE ARE GONNA TAKE EVERYTHING! GO ROCKETS!!!!!! ROCKETS!!!! HOUSTON!!!

  • Sako

    http://www.jibjab.com/view/123484

    EVERYBODY WATCH THIS!!!!!!!!

  • LET THERE BE LIGHT

    We are good. everyone will come back healthy. ODOM has to prove something after getting embarrassed by boston. he will be back with vengence. all i can pray 4 is Luke walton and mihm play like a couple of years ago, when mihm was playin good after shaq left. luke had a great shooting year, was a top 3 point shooter. Ariza is gonna help alot when healthy. also i am more than positive that jordan farmar and sasha will be workin hard on there game. they need to play DJ mbenga more he is tough. everyone knows the system by now all they have to do is work on their game. just pick up and solid player maybe a veteran.

  • Laker Man

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    preach my brotha

  • Odom the worst player

    Lakerferlife7 for your information Jerry West pulled off that trade for Pau Gasol.I’m only saying we should have traded Odom for Artest. Odom sucks not the Lakers.

  • KING BQ

    WE NE SUM HOT TRADES OR ELSE WE WILL HAVE NO CHANCE TO BEET TEAMS LIKE HORNETS… HOUSTON.

    DAMN MITCH… DO SUMTHING!!!!!

  • Lakers4Realz

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    beet teams?

    you mean BEAT?

    please learn how to spell..

  • gugy

    another opportunity missed.

    I don’t like the idea of keeping the same roster for next season. we need couple of veteran guys to balance a bit our young team.

    Mitch do something.

    Bring Marion or someone else. West is just getting tougher….

  • gugy

    another opportunity missed.

    I don’t like the idea of keeping the same roster for next season. we need couple of veteran guys to balance a bit our young team.

    Mitch do something.

    Bring Marion or someone else. West is just getting tougher….

  • lakersforlife77

    Might as well stand pat now. Odom it is.

  • Laker Realist

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    finally…someone talking sense.

    We all know odom is capable of having good games, but his inconsistent play hurts us.

  • Geloman

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    Lakers did nothing to improve our team last summer and yet we made it to the finals. Some people just are never satisfied. They want every allstar possible to play for the Lakers.

    We were 2 wins away from a championship, and that’s without our starting center and best defender next to Kobe, Ariza.

    Lakers don’t need to make any drastic moves. They have the luxury of waiting to see how Odom plays along side Pau and Drew and if it doesn’t work out, his expiring contract will be extremely enticing come February.

    The Lakers FO are being patient and think we need to be too. Sure I’d love to have Josh Smith because of the things he brings to the table, and he’s young and exciting. But the Lakers as a whole are not horrible with Odom in the lineup.

    Patience.

  • DCLAKER

    For ALL those that take issue with us folks that like to ‘highlight’ our prospects by using YOUTUBE,we are merely pointing out TALENT and SKILL and what The Lakers need and YES WE NEED,as PJ said,SOME PLAYERS….and we are just giving our suggestions but I understand THE ARTEST DEAL didn’t pull through so I know the dissapointment..but anyway,HERE’S SOME MORE YOUTUBE HIGHLIGHTS,The Newest Contender,

  • kPoAbUe

    well u guys i read a report that saying lakers r gunna try to experiment bymun pau and odom and if it doesnt work out odom and be a point forward.

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com Jamie Spears Insider

    Lakers fans are excessively spoiled. Our starting five is:

    Bynum
    Gasol
    Odom
    Bryant
    Fisher

    Name another current NBA team that has a better starting five than that line-up. We’re not going to get a superstar on every position like the USA men’s team. We got to the NBA finals without Bynum. If Bynum comes back as good as before (if not better), wouldn’t get be a whole lot better? Additionally, Gasol gets to play power forward (he wouldn’t get pushed around by bulk centers like Perkins).

    …and you guys call yourself Lakers fans? Have some patience. Just because the “Queens” won’t trade with us doesn’t make Mitch a bad GM.


    http://www.jamieinsider.com

  • rei24mamba

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    hea’s so damn right.. lets see first how we start nxt season

  • Kobe owns

    Jamie is right. Be patient ppl. Our team will pee all over the rockets this season.

    Go LAKERS!

  • CALM DOWN

    Mitch has done nothing wrong. If we would have given up odom for artest, the probability of it working out with Artest’s history would have been less than keeping the core of a western conference champion team.

    For those of you are worried, I agree. HOUSTON LOOKS GOOD! But there’s no reason to transcend our worries to blame against the front office.
    We got this.

    Also…is it just me, or does anyone think we should alter our starting line up for at least the beginning of the season?

    Fish
    Vujacic (WE NEED a 3 POINT SHOOTER)
    Kobe (capable of guarding 3 guards)
    Odom
    Gasol

    Bynum comes off bench with Farmar, Vlad, and Ariza. They work well together and Bynum could still get 30 to 40 mins. Farmar runs the offese well and Vlad can camp at the 3 with LIMITED MINUTES.

  • lskerfan567

    MItch ODOM SUCKS, he an overvalud player he isnt gonna be the scottie pippen that we all hope he will be come so quit fantasizing bout how good he will be, hes just aan above average forward, nothing more, hopefully by sum small chane odam will breakout.

  • ak24

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    we need a center/pf

  • MILO

    i still think Artest will end up a Laker in the future! and yes the queens definately hate the us especially after the MVP chants for Kobe this past season…

  • kb4sure

    what is the difference?
    -josh smith 6’9 can leap 1 feat higher than odom 6’10
    -josh has a 1.9 adv.on blocks and a .5 steal on 6’10 odom
    see the difference!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGTkRERxyQk&feature=related
    it’s just a joke!
    see this!

    is that better than this?

  • DCLAKER

    I think I’ve found the player that can help us off the bench and we don’t have to trade ANYBODY…except VLAD(y’all know he has to GO),JOSH POWELL.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALM5W03qMv8&feature=related!

  • demon432

    stop all the BS talkin..lakers are gonna be great next year..no need to trade anyone..no need to be selfish..vlad is actually a good player if the phil jackson actually knows how to utilize him..everytime he plays well for a stretch he gets taken out..wtf is wrong with phil..?

  • DCLAKER

    Vlad is GARBAGE,period.I’d rather we keep LUUUUUKE over that bum.

  • xtro

    we r in trouble now. do something mitch!!

  • Laker Realist

    We are not in trouble. We basically have the same team that was two games short of winning it all. Two games short without Bynum. Would he have made a difference? Maybe not. Who knows.

    I disagree with the Sasha signing, but he’s not going to make or break this team.

    Some interesting remarks in this thread. I love the nicknames. Lame-ar, Fluke, V-Lady….

    One comment that caught my eye was the one that said “we were not supposed to make the playoffs”. Was it just me, or when we got Gasol anything short of the WCF’s would be unacceptable. With this line-up I would say the same. Anything less than a Western Conference Finals appearance is a failure.

    Also, YES!! The Kings do hate us. So does every other Pacific Division team. I hate every other team in our division. Thats just how it is. I think the Kings knew they had to part ways and decided to get a young player and a number 1.

    We don’t need to do anything yet. We can just play the first half of the season, see how its going then in January/February if needed, we do something before the trade deadline.

    Nobody in the pacific scares me.

  • KOBEISKING

    lol queens just doomed them selves for about 10 years

  • Sako

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    REMEMBER WHAT I SAID EVERYBODY:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3512419

  • DCLAKER

    Vlad for Desmond Mason or Villanueva…SOMEBODY!

  • lskerfan567

    BREAKING NEWS VLAD GOT TRADED FOR RIHANNA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!