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"I'll be ready," Artest said. "Whatever Adelman needs me to do, come off the bench, be the sixth or seventh man, start, I don't even care. Whatever he needs me to do, I'm 100 percent sure it's going to work."
The Rockets went 55-27 last season, but failed to get past the first round for the fourth time in five seasons. Alexander thinks Artest is the missing piece to a championship-caliber team.
"This guy really puts us over the top in terms of what we need," Alexander said. "We have a great team to start on the floor and a bench. I think we're going to go really far."
Jackson averaged 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Rockets last season. He appeared in all six playoff games in 2008, averaging 8.7 points and 1.5 assists. Jackson played for the Kings from 2000-05.
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