According to a rumor yesterday from Marc Stein, Ron Artest had claimed he wanted to be traded from Los Angeles. However, after he was asked multiple times yesterday about those rumors Artest denied ever stating his desire to be traded. Another comment from Artest’s agent also denied the rumors.
Artest was quoted as saying, “Just because you’re not comfortable doesn’t mean that you’re not happy. I don’t have a problem looking bad on the court for the benefit of the team.”
There is no doubt that the news yesterday left many people with questions, but Artest insists he never made a trade request. He re-iterated his place late last night on Twitter, pleading his followers to stop asking him about trades.
Here’s an interview with Artest yesterday at Laker practice when he explains his position on the trade rumors: