Saturday , Jan , 19 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Ron Artest: I Would Play for Detroit Pistons

It has been more than three years since the infamous brawl at the Palace, and one of the key figures, Ron Artest, was back in town Friday for the Sacramento Kings’ game against the Pistons.

This was only Artest’s second trip to the Palace since Nov. 19, 2004, when the then-Pacer entered the stands and started throwing haymakers after he was hit with a cup while lying on the scorer’s table.

Artest gave a simple shake of his head when asked whether returning conjures images of the night that went wrong. He said memories of that evening are "all gone."

"Especially when you’ve got a lot of fans," Artest said before Friday’s game. "I used to read a lot of the blogs, and a couple people said they wouldn’t mind seeing me play in Detroit. That’s, like, a big turnaround from those days. That’s a big turnaround, and you’ve got to be proud of that."

Artest a Piston? Even he thought that’s a bit far-fetched. [Click here for more from the Detroit Free Press.]