i thought about the artest angle, but there are two issues for me. 1. some of stephenson's off-court issues (battery of women) are more troubling than ron's. i think you could make a case that artest was a good guy who found himself in some bad situations. there's some evidence stephenson may just be a bad guy. granted they're in the past, but still...some things are hard to forget. 2. artest was always in great shape and never found himself out of the league. whereas stephenson has always been kinda doughy, indicating perhaps a lack of dedication to his craft. i've just never been impressed by stephenson, and i'm shocked he got more than the minimum in this FA climate.