Artest unhappy with losing record

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A day after the NBA trade deadline passed and Ron Artest stayed put, the Sacramento forward skipped into the Kings' locker room about an hour before the tipoff of last night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

"Go Kings go! Go Kings go!" Artest yelled. "We don't need any cheerleaders. Go Kings go!"

Yet just minutes later when Artest was asked if he was happy to still be a King, the smile was no longer on his face.

"I have no comment," Artest said. "The most important thing is winning. That's the only thing that makes me happy. I'm happy when we win. I'm a sore loser."

The Kings, 25-28 entering last night's game, have done a lot of losing this season and are hopelessly out of the playoff race. Artest can opt out of his contract after the season and Sacramento had discussed trading their small forward.

WALLACE CARTED OFF

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bobcats scoring leader Gerald Wallace was taken off the floor on a stretcher during lastnight's game against Sacramento after being knocked unconscious by an inadvertent elbow.

A team official said Wallace sustained a concussion and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

Wallace was double-teaming Kings forward Mikki Moore in the post early in the third quarter and was called for a foul a moment before Moore swung around with the ball. Moore's right elbow hit Wallace directly in the nose.

Wallace crumpled backward to the floor, before turning onto his stomach. He then lost consciousness and remained on the floor for almost 10 minutes while the training staff and team doctor attended to him.

NETS WAIVE MAGLOIRE

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets waived centre Jamaal Magloire. The eight-year pro from Toronto played in 24 games this season, averaging 1.8 points and 3.4 rebounds. He signed with the Nets in July.

The former all-star has averaged 8.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 530 NBA games with Charlotte, Milwaukee, Portland and New Jersey.

BRIEFLY

The Detroit Pistons placed guard Ronald (Flip) Murray on waivers ... Referee Joey Crawford left last night's Sacramento-Charlotte game midway through the first quarter because of flu-like symptoms.


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