From Sam Amick's Bee notes column:
Was it a matter of Theus wanting to allow extra minutes for Francisco Garcia and Quincy Douby? Or was it a last stand by Theus in opposition of Artest's infamous practice of deciding his readiness right before games? Judging by Artest's attitude on the bench, I'd guess the former.
A depressing note from the column: Kenny Thomas won't be opting out to chase his championship dreams elsewhere.