Local Boy Says No To The Knicks

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How absurd is the [New York Knicks] orginization? Well, even crazy people see the insanity in joining Isiah Thomas’s revolving door of overpaid, underachieving ego-maniacs these days. Yesterday, Sacramento Kings forward and possible Jeffrey Dahmer-protégé Ron Artest, a local product from Queensbridge who attended St. John’s University here in the city, officially [quashed trade rumors](http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2931266) that he might return home to the local team, telling the media, “I really want to finish my career in Sacramento...I feel attached to Sacramento.” Really? A boy from the city who doubles as a hip-hop producer now feels attached to cow country? Or could the real reason be that not even Artest is crazy enough to want to play for Thomas and owner James Dolan?

The Knicks actually could benefit from adding the [former NBA Defensive Player of the Year] to their roster, especially after finishing in the [bottom third of the league](http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/statistics?stat=tmcompare&sort=pts&league=nba&season=2007&seasontype=2&avg=pg&order=false&split=999) in almost every team defensive category last season. But Artest, who has gone totally Chris Bridges since the day he stepped into league eight years ago, has far too much baggage for a team already brimming with braggadocio. While a Pacer, he once attended practice in a bath robe; he’s been known to pull down opposing players’ shorts during the game; he once asked for a month off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album he produced; and, oh yeah, he started [a little brawl](http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=241119008) last year at the Palace, which you may recall…

Yep, even the craziest motherfucker in the league wants nothing to do with MSG’s most beloved team. Sorry New York basketball fans, this upcoming season looks like it’s going to be another long year.

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