Lions linked with NBA star

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AMERICAN NBA star Ron Artest wants to come and play for the MK Lions next season – but the city side aren’t particularly bothered.

A long-running dispute between players and owners over how to divide league revenue threatens to delay the start of the next NBA season, meaning some of America’s biggest earning sports stars are looking for somewhere else to play their basketball.

And LA Lakers player Artest has decided that he wants to play in the British Basketball League, with MK Lions his first choice club ahead of the Glasgow Rocks and Cheshire Jets who are reportedly interested in the 31-year-old who two years ago signed a contract with the Los Angeles club worth $33 million.

However, Lions chief executive Vince Macaulay insists he’s more than happy with the re-signing of Englishman Stefan Gill who has agreed to return to the club next season.

Macaulay explained: “Ron wants somewhere else to play for a while, but I can’t see the dispute delaying the NBA season. I’d be impressed if he came over here and played in 10 or 20 games, but what wouldn’t be good for the league is if he only played once and then went home.”

Macaulay hasn’t completely ruled out the prospect of Artest donning the black and gold of Lions, but did say that any deal would have to be in the club’s best interest.

And the Lions boss is currently preoccupied with trying to re-sign two more of last season’s leading performers, Demarius Bolds and Travis Nelson, and admits there is plenty of competition for their signatures, with Bolds in particular having plenty of offers on the table.