October 24, 2007
Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest is coming to New York, but not in a trade. While Artest is the subject of trade rumors regarding the New York Knicks, he will be in town Nov.1 to attend a hearing to have his seven-game suspension reduced by an arbitrator.
In suspending Artest after his March no-contest plea to infliction of injury on his wife, Kimsha, the NBA factored in his tumultuous history and repeat-offender status. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a 10-day work project.
The NBA Players Association seeks to have the suspension reduced to the standard three to four games for domestic disputes. The ban starts with the Kings' season-opener Oct. 31 at New Orleans