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Ron Artest tells the story of how he was almost a Clipper

Jun 14, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

Ron Artest

Ron Artest with the Clippers? Instead of the Kings?

Monday night Artest went on a little twitter binge looking back over the course of his career and it included the story where he was almost traded to the Clippers. Here are all the posts

Did ya know when I got traded to sac (Sacramento) that I was in a meeting with the Clippers!! Elgin [Baylor, then Clippers GM] accepted the Corey maggette trade! I was a clipper for ten mins… Then in the middle of our conversation with Elgin, coach (Mike) Dunleavy and mark stevens my agent… Right in the middle of the our talks about how we gonna bring a ring to the Clippers Donnie Walsh (then Pacers president) called Mike and said Corey failed… the physical then I went back on suspension with Indiana. I was in LA for three months. Then two weeks later Sactown traded Peja (Stojakovic) for me.Kings were in last place after (the All-Star break) then I got there and we went to the playoffs!

Those 2006 Clippers were pretty good — they had a healthy and active Elton Brand and Sam Cassell, they not only made the playoffs but advanced to the second round and took the Suns seven games that series. With Artest in for Maggette… who knows. They wouldn’t have won a ring but that would have been interesting.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    That Clippers team was not pretty good, they were very good. With Artest, they would have been in the WCF no doubt. Anything beyond that I’m not sure, but they would have given the Mavs a lot of trouble.

    At least they’re finally headed in a positive direction. I don’t know if they will be in the playoffs this year, but they’re headed in that direction in the next few years.

    • bbrown2523 - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      I hope they continue to improve for the sake of Griffin, Jordan, and Gordon. That’s a pretty solid, young core to build around, but I am sure Donald Sterling will find a way to ruin it. He always does!

  2. chargerdillon - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Alcohol can make you think crazy things, even as crazy as being a Clipper

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