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Winderman: NBA has its own one-and-done players

Jan 6, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

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So just over a year after arriving, Ron Artest apparently is having issues with the Lakers. Does this surprise anybody?

Or could it be that Artest becomes just the latest one-and-done example in this league, a player who is everything as advertised upon arrival in terms of basketball skills and then becomes everything as advertised after a welcome is worn out?

No, no one is saying Artest should or will be gone, but his situation is not unlike several others in the league, past and present, where the going gets to be not so good after a one-season honeymoon period.

A look at a few potential current one-and-done types with their current teams, for a variety of reasons:

Shaquille O’Neal: The first year always is the honeymoon, then came the ugly ending in Miami and Phoenix. And after one season in Cleveland, enough was deemed to be enough. Yes, Shaq has been wonderful this season in Boston. And he’ll probably be a hit next season in Atlanta, as well.

Stephen Jackson: Before he was booted, there were rumblings that coach Larry Brown wanted Captain Jack gone. Just as with his arrival with Golden State, Jackson was exactly what Charlotte needed last season upon his arrival. Now? Apparently not so much. With the Mavericks’ loss of Caron Butler, Dallas could be the next stop.

Samuel Dalembert: This primarily was a rental, anyway, but based on festering differences between the Kings and the shot-blocking center, an offseason free-agent departure appears to be inevitable, if he even makes it to one season and done.

Tracy McGrady: Last season, the comeback began in New York. Now there are signs of life in Detroit. But with the Pistons not going anywhere, might T-Mac prefer the big stage one more time, somewhere with a more legitimate shot at the playoffs? New York last season. Detroit this season. Where next?

Eddie House: Last season was split between the Celtics and Knicks, for a player who has been on the move plenty of late. Now there is nothing but bench time in Miami. So far he has been a willing spectator. But as the career clock winds down, might there be one more reach for one more relocation?

Andres Nocioni: This never was the best fit with a young, rebuilding roster in Philadelphia. Surely a contender could put the scrapper who arrived from Sacramento in the offseason to greater use. He probably doesn’t even have his bags unpacked from Chicago yet.

Tony Allen: Does a young roster need this type of headache? Yes, O.J. Mayo might be gone before Allen, but Tony could wind up as this season’s Javaris Crittenton, ancillary damage, if you will, shortly after his arrival.

Luke Ridnour: The assumption is that Jonny Flynn will be moved to make way for the arrival of Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves, however, might find greater interest in a player who certainly seems like he hasn’t been able to stay in one place very long recently.

Brendan Haywood: He arrived last season amid fanfare. Then Tyson Chandler arrived to his full potential this season. Now making it through a calendar year in Dallas is not a certainty.

Chris Duhon: Because eventually each suitor recognizes he, uh, is Chris Duhon.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.

  1. willeyb296 - Jan 6, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Scab Artest is at it again. Teams should have learned from his time with the Pacers.

  2. BC - Jan 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    I can beat that. There’s a none-and-done player: Hasheem Thabeet.

    • icu84bs - Jan 6, 2011 at 8:06 PM

      Ouch!

  3. thestudiokida - Jan 6, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    But wouldn’t Artest be considered a win even with one championship? I was kinda counting the Lakers out last year because of Artest.

  4. icu84bs - Jan 6, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Ira Winderman actually gets paid for this juvenile drivel, scary.

  5. passerby23 - Jan 7, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    The one-and-done criticism for Shaq is a bit misdirected I think. Yes, it did end badly in Miami and it was time for both parties to move on, but his numbers and contributions in Phoenix were actually pretty good. They finished the season pretty well. Problem was the money and they weren’t going to win a championship. He was also a serviceable player in Cleveland and hardly the reason they lost. No point for Cleveland to bring him back when they are rebuilding. He will most certainly be a one-and-done in Boston, not because his presence will have been worn out, but because it’s a veteran-laden team playing for a championship now. Shaq has a year, maybe two left in him.

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