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Artest Wants To Remain With Lakers

Ron Artest and the Lakers attempted to downplay a report from ESPN that stated he was interested in being traded from the team.

"I just wanted to get some breakfast and go to practice," said Artest. "You can't worry about it."

"I've known Marc Stein for a long time," Bryant said of the ESPN.com writer. "I'm not going to comment on an unnamed source. I'm not going to question the credibility of his story, but unnamed sources I don't comment on."

"I don't get the sense Ron's not interested in being here," Derek Fisher said.

Artest's agent David Bauman denied the report.

"I think Ron enjoys being in L.A," Phil Jackson said. "I think he likes the Lakers. I think he likes the action. I think he likes the attention we get as a basketball club. I think that feeds into who he is as a person."

Artest was admant that he doesn't want to be traded.

"I feel good every day," Artest said. "We've got a chance to win multiple championships here...trying to work towards another banner."

Via Los Angeles Times

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