Artest, Brown sign contracts

Just got word that the Lakers signed Ron Artest and Shannon Brown to contracts tonight. Brown signed at 9:01 p.m., the first minute he could actually put his name to paper. His deal is worth $4.2 million over two seasons. About 40 minutes later, the Lakers signed Artest to a five-season, $33-million contract. Artest will wear uniform No. 37 in honor of the number of weeks that Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” was No. 1 on the charts. No, really.