"Ron Artest was the most valuable player tonight. He brought life to our team; he brought life to the crowd."
-- Phil Jackson
"He was a warrior. You know, I don't know if Rasheed will ever play again. You know, he's one of them. I think he took that out on the floor with him. I think he's thinking about retiring, and I thought you could see that in his play."
-- Doc Rivers
LOS ANGELES -- One of them was on the stage at center court, the only Laker not wearing a championship T-shirt over his game uniform. As if the game wasn't over. He was caught up in the moment, unconcerned that he appeared to be in a totally different zone than his teammates.