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NBA DRAFT / A Triple Treat / Artest, Odom and Wally happy with teams
Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Date: Jul 1, 1999
Start Page: A.94
Section: SPORTS
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Washington - In the guessing game called the NBA draft, Ron Artest thought he might wind up with Cleveland, Seattle or Minnesota, teams picking between the 11th and 14th spots in the first round. He didn't dare think about going to the team of his dreams, the Knicks, who were picking 15th.

"When Minnesota didn't pick me, a whole lot of things went through my mind," Artest said. "When they had the pick, I had to get up and go to the bathroom. I didn't know what was going to happen. I was hoping. I was half and half. I was hoping they picked me, but I didn't care if they didn't."

Artest's dream burst when the Knicks chose 7-2 center Frederic Weis of France, a long-range projection who undoubtedly was not the choice of Knicks fans. A strong contingent of New York fans attending the draft last night at the MCI Center led a chorus of boos when the Knicks' pick was announced.

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