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Why Geoff Petrie Didn't Return the Lakers' Calls

The Bee's Ailene Voisin has the scoop:

From what I'm hearing - and, yes, he confirmed it - Geoff Petrie refused to return any phone calls inquiring about the Ron Artest availability between July 1-9, the period for players to declare for free agency and begin negotiating with teams. Petrie, who has a thing for following the rules, and never takes anything for granted, skipped town while waiting for Udrih's official signing. The Kings basketball president went to a Stevie Wonder concert in Reno on Friday, returned Saturday, then awakened at 6 a.m. Sunday to watch the Wimbledon singles final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Petrie respects authority. And Stevie.

In terms of Artestian significance, this means Petrie is not necessarily displeased with L.A.'s Lamar Odom offers. Stay tuned.