How might this June’s NBA Finals have turned out had Ron Artest been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers? Amidst not-so-hard-to-swallow reports the defending Western Conference champs intend to start ’08/09 with Artest playing alongside Kobe Bryant, the Sacramento Bee’s Scott Howard-Cooper tried mightily to ruin the Tru Warier’s enjoyment of a Vegas Summer League game.

Question: What are your thoughts in your future with the Kings?

A: No comment.

Q: If you could be with any team next season, who would it be?

A: No comment.

Q: Have you asked the Kings for a trade?

A: No comment. That’s too many difficult questions.

Q: What do you have a comment on? Let’s try it that way.

A: Whatever you ask me.

Q: What did you think of Jason Thompson?

A: I liked him. He showed a lot of things. If he keeps working, he’s going to be one of the better big players in the league, definitely.

Q: Do you hope that he’s your teammate in October?

A: Maaaaan. You’re like “Jeopardy!” You need your own game show. You can host it. That’s good, though. That’s good. I wish you had like a camera instead of paper so they could see the difficult questions being asked. It’s good, it’s good, it’s good, it’s good. It’s cool. I will comment. I always comment. But sometimes I can’t comment on things.

Q: Do you understand that the Sacramento fans might be frustrated with the uncertainty?

A: That’s not my concern. My concern is my concern. Everybody is their own people. I only can be concerned with what I’m concerned about. I’m not worried about what everybody else is concerned about.

On the Knicks front, I don’t know, for instance, if Donnie Walsh really turned down a proposed second round pick plus Cutino Mobley from the Clippers in exchange for Zach Randolph.  The potential acquistion of Andre Iguoldala (three years younger than Randolph, but not nearly the rebounder) is probably not going to mollfiy Clips fans who are frustrated over Elton Brand’s departure, but a successful run at Emeka Okafor might be enough to prevent many more demonstrations like this.