Riley, Artest will make big impact

With Pat Riley coming back and the impending trade of Ron Artest, the balance of power in the NBA will seriously shift.

Updated: December 15, 2005, 12:24 PM ET
By Skip Bayless | Page 2

That tremor you just felt wasn't "King Kong" opening. It was the NBA's balance of power shifting.

Two charades just ended, in Indiana and Miami. Ron Artest, going. Pat Riley, returning. Both developments were inevitable, and have been in the works for weeks.

But only one makes sense: Riley's.

That's because Artest blew the whistle on Pacers general manager Larry Bird, while ex-Heat coach Stan Van Gundy basically swallowed his whistle when forced out by Riley.

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