Tag:Ron Artest
Posted on: January 28, 2009 3:41 pm

Artest reverses field, says he'll play Wednesday

For a guy with a bum ankle, Ron Artest reversed field pretty nicely Wednesday. One day after saying he might have to sit out until the All-Star break to let his bone bruise heal, Artest said after shootaround that he intends to play against the Philadelphia 76ers.

With Yao Ming also expected back from a two-game absence with a bruised knee, it'll mark a reunion of sorts for Houston's Big Three; Yao, Tracy McGrady, and Artest have been healthy at the same time for only 22 games this season.

Artest's reversal only underscores how frustrating the Rockets' injury-plagued season has been. "It’s tough," point guard Rafer Alston said. "One day you've got this guy, the next day you don’t have this guy. So the offense changes, the game plan changes."

Artest told CBSSports.com Tuesday that his ankle was so sore that he considered sitting out the second half of the game against the Knicks Monday night -- his second game back after shutting it down for seven to give the ankle a chance to heal. He said one option doctors and trainers were considering was shutting him down again until after the Feb. 15 All-Star Game to make sure he's healthy for the stretch run.

But Artest changed his mind Wednesday. "I thought I was going to have to (sit out), because in the second half of that Knick game, my foot was really bothering me," Artest told the Houston Chronicle. "I thought I would have to give it more time to rest. I woke up (Wednesday) morning and felt great. That’s a sign that the ankle has gotten better. The pain didn’t go on past a couple days. That’s a great, great sign."

Yao said he felt like the Rockets were starting over Wednesday night, given that he, McGrady, and Artest have been in and out of the lineup so often lately.

"I feel like it is the first game for our season, that we finally get everybody here," Yao said.


Posted on: January 27, 2009 5:25 pm

Artest could be out until All-Star break

No surprise here: More injury woes for the Houston Rockets.

A day after center Yao Ming's bruised right knee kept him from rejoining Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest for a rare appearance together against the Knicks, Artest told CBSSports.com Tuesday that his injured right ankle probably will knock him out of the lineup again. For how long, nobody knows. But Artest, speaking by cell phone from Houston, said one possibility that doctors, trainers, and coaches might consider is shutting him down until after the All-Star break to give his bone bruise a chance to heal for the playoff push.

"I think that’s something that probably the trainers and coaches will think about," Artest said. "They pretty much told me that when I get better, whenever I feel right, that I would pretty much get the OK. They know I want to play, so it’s not a thing where they're saying, 'Hurry back, get ready.' I thought I was ready to come back for the long haul. I guess we got one victory out of it."

Artest, bothered by the sore ankle all season, missed nine of 10 games -- including seven straight -- in an effort to get the ankle to calm down so he can finish the season. The move coincided with the Rockets shutting McGrady down for six games to get his conditioning back and rest his troublesome left knee. Both returned for back-to-back road games against Detroit and New York Sunday and Monday, but Artest said his ankle was so sore against the Knicks that he considered sitting out the second half. He shot 4-for-19, including 1-for-10 on three-pointers.

"I tested it for a couple of days and I thought I'd be Superman," Artest said. "But you never know with these things, especially when it’s a bone bruise. I never had a bone bruise. This is the first time I've gone through this, so it takes some time getting used to. I guess there will be a point in time where you just have to deal with the pain if you can minimize it for that stretch run and see how far it can take you then. We’re just trying to see how long this pain is going to actually last."

Artest will test the ankle at shootaround Wednesday, but described his chances of playing against Philadelphia at home as "pretty slim." Doctors have told him surgery won't be necessary, but he'll have to be re-evaluated on a daily basis to see how long he needs to rest. Given that his recent seven-game absence spanned two weeks, a similar timetable would push him against the All-Star break. Houston's last game before the break is Feb. 11 at home against Sacramento.

The Rockets have struggled with injuries all season, but nonetheless are 10 games over .500 (28-18) heading into a stretch of playing 10 of the next 12 games at home. They've had Yao, McGrady and Artest healthy for only 22 games this season, and also have dealt with injuries to Shane Battier and Rafer Alston -- who called out his teammates as "selfish" and "lazy" after Monday night's loss.

"We’re a coinfident team," Artest said. "Actually, everybody’s really upbeat. It’s not a thing where guys aren’t feeling confident. It's just a shame that I haven't had a chance to show Houston what I can be. Hopefully I can rest and get healthy and show the city of Houston what they've got."


Posted on: January 13, 2009 5:36 pm

Medical expert on Artest's ankle

Word that Rockets forward Ron Artest will be out 7-10 days with a moderate to severe bone bruise in his right ankle didn't alarm my source in the orthopedic medicine field except for one issue.

"Sometimes the bone bruises can be a little hard to distinguish from an early stress reaction or an early stress fracture," said Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "Sometimes the early phases of a stress fracture can look like a bone bruise on an MRI."

The news release the Rockets sent out Tuesday made it clear that no stress fracture was found in Artest's ankle. DiNibule said that won't be known for sure until Artest rests the ankle, after which he'll probably have another MRI and most likely X-rays. Chances are, it's a garden-variety bone bruise -- which the majority of basketball players have and don't even realize it, DiNubile said -- but there's a chance something is going on in that ankle that's more troubling. Only time will tell.

"It’s the kind of thing that you really just play it by ear," DiNubile said. "There’s nothing about it that says, 'He’ll be out weeks or months.' It really comes down to how he feels. Sometimes they really hurt and they have to shut them down just to keep things quiet and have them not moving a lot, along with some anti-inflammatories. But this is the kind of thing that usually calms down. Most of them cool off with a little 'R and R.'"

So the Rockets hope. 

Knowing Artest, and knowing this type of injury comes down to whether the player is willing or able to play through the pain, I have to believe he'll do everything humanly possible. Artest didn't comment on the injury when we emailed earlier Tuesday, but he did send out an inspirational message to some friends. Suffice it to say, if it's up to Artest, he'll be back as close to that 7-10 day window as anyone in the league would be.

Category: NBA
Posted on: December 17, 2008 11:57 am

Wednesday Shootaround

* Finally, the Rockets showed how dangerous they can be if everyone is healthy. Yao was unstoppable, Tracy McGrady had his fourth career triple-double, and Ron Artest played a crucial role coming off the bench in a 108-96 victory over Denver.

* Chris Paul tied Alvin Robertson's NBA record for consecutive games with a steal (105) in a 91-84 victory over Memphis.

* Those who took issue with my accolades for Derrick Rose will delight in the fact that D.J. Augustin (29 points, 7 assists) outdueled the Bulls' No. 1 pick (7 points, 6 assists) in the Charlotte Bobcats' 110-101 overtime victory over the Bulls.

* I was standing outside the visiting locker room in Philadelphia last Wednesday night when the 76ers' medical staff, led by team doctor Jack McPhilemy, ventured inside to examine Zydrunas Ilgauskas' foot and X-rays thereof. Little did I know how stunned the doctors were when they viewed the X-rays. Bob Finnan of the News-Herald explains. (Link courtesy of TrueHoop.)

* Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, facing insider trading charges, is oh-for-December in terms of blog posts. What's up with that? 

* Interesting decision for the Warriors when Monta Ellis comes off the suspended list Friday. Who gets waived or traded to clear a roster spot? Even though Ellis won't be ready to play until sometime in '09, Golden State needs to make room on the roster. Matt Steinmetz makes a solid case that the decision will provide insight into how much GM Chris Mullin's power has diminished. Mullin is believed to want Marcus Williams to stay, but coach -- and perhaps soon-to-be-GM Don Nelson -- wants to keep Rob Kurz. If Kurz stays and Williams goes, you'll have your answer.

* HoopsAddict makes a case for Chauncey Billups as MVP, proposes buying a steak dinner for Mike D'Antoni and Donnie Walsh, and believes Danny Granger deserves more All-Star votes.




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