As promised this summer, Ron Artest is fighting the length of his suspension stemming from his domestic violence arrest last spring. More accurately: The NBA Players Association is fighting the length of the suspension.
Something I hadn't seen reported before: The 'standard' suspension for domestic violence issues is three games. (How disturbing is it that there's a standard suspension length for beating your wife? Good God.) Ron, I assume, got a longer sentence because his track record.
I sincerely doubt the league will cave on this, and I'm positive the players association won't press this to arbitration. So expect 'John Salmons, NBA starter' for seven games to start the season.