Wednesday , Jul , 16 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Joe Maloof to Ron Artest: Keep Your Cool

Having already shared his regret over not opting out of his contract last month after learning he wasn’t in the Kings’ long-term plans, Artest expressed a desire to be traded and claimed he was "blinded by friendship" with the Maloof family that owns the Kings.

A day later, Kings co-owner Joe Maloof had a message for his conflicted player.

 "He has to balance the way he acts," Joe Maloof said by phone. "He’s got to control his emotions a little better. You’ve got to try and keep your cool a little bit.

"Take a deep breath and quit flying off the handle with comments that don’t make sense. I hate to say it that way, but that’s how I feel. It doesn’t make sense to me."