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Chicago JK
11-10-2004, 10:58 PM
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest said Wednesday that he asked coach Rick Carlisle for time off because of a busy schedule that included promoting a soon-to-be released rap album, which led to his two-game benching.


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Artest held a short news conference before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, and in his usual ambiguous manner, tried to explain why he was benched.


Artest said that he asked Carlisle for as much as a month off to heal his aching body and recover from a particularly busy schedule.


"My body has been aching, I was going to take some time off and I said it the wrong way," Artest said. "Everything that happened wasn't too negative. I kind of surprised the team by wanting to take some games off, just to get back together, maybe stay home for a little bit, rest a little bit and come back."


He certainly surprised Carlisle, who said Tuesday that the situation, "compromised the integrity of the team. It's a private team matter, and I'm going to leave it at that."


"I don't know what that means," Artest said. "They probably expected a little more; expected me to play every game. Everybody's different. It's early in the season, so I feel like I could take some time off early and be ready for the long stretch."


So Carlisle benched Artest for Tuesday night's win over Minnesota and Wednesday night's game against the Clippers. It is not a suspension, and Artest will not lose any salary. He will return Friday at Philadelphia.


The 24-year-old is scheduled to release his debut rap album later this month and has been spending a lot of time making promotional appearances.


"I've been doing a little bit too much music, just needed the rest," Artest said. "I've still got my album coming out Nov. 23. After the album comes out I'm going to make sure all of my time is focused on winning a championship."


It's the latest in a long line of controversial situations for Artest, ranging from destroying television monitors at Madison Square Garden two years ago to missing the team flight to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Detroit last season.


Carlisle tried to downplay the issue before the game Wednesday night.


"This isn't the Cuban missile crisis. It's not life or death, it's not about national security," Carlisle said. "It's just simply about a group of guys needing to remind ourselves -- all of us -- about the sanctity of team, and what it's about."


The message appears to have landed with Artest.


"It was a good decision," Artest said. "I need the rest. There's a lot of things going on."


When asked if he thought the punishment fit the crime, Artest said, "There was no crime done. I think it helped out. I was tired.


"I was doing a lot. I was running around a lot and doing a whole bunch of stuff and I've also been working out, so I think I wore myself down physically, I wore myself down mentally. I was ready to take some time off, at least like a month off, but two games is enough."


With so many injuries, the last thing the Pacers needed was to lose another player, especially one of their two All-Stars.


The Pacers played with just nine players against the Clippers.


Nevertheless, Carlisle said he would not play Artest.


"We've spent a lot of time and a lot of money this summer traveling, working guys out, working toward a plan to win this year and that plan was built around team," Carlisle said. "It's important in this early stage that we're steadfast in that understanding."

EricaLubarsky
11-10-2004, 11:01 PM
"They probably expected a little more; expected me to play every game"

probably. If Dirk plays on 6 hours of sleep and on ankles aggrivated by bone spurs, then you maybe should play.

"I've been doing a little bit too much music, just needed the rest," Artest said. "I've still got my album coming out Nov. 23. After the album comes out I'm going to make sure all of my time is focused on winning a championship."

as much as Shaq should have stayed out of music, he did do it during the off-season.

sike
11-11-2004, 01:37 AM
Carlisle comes out of this sounding like a freakin genius...very classy

Artest on the other hand is on of the best in the game...so he gets a free pass......right?

FINtastic
11-11-2004, 08:08 AM
"I was ready to take some time off, at least like a month off, but two games is enough."

Does Artest not realize that he was punished?

Male30Dan
11-11-2004, 08:09 AM
This is just sad... This guy's taco is missing the meat!!!

A TOTAL head case!

rakesh.s
11-11-2004, 11:35 AM
i couldn't stop laughing after i heard about this yesterday

he calls a press conference to explain his benching and he actually promoted his album..LMAO!!..nov 23, i'm there

FilthyFinMavs
11-11-2004, 10:22 PM
Funny as hell. I'll say this though the guy leaves everything out on the court when he plays. He gives more effort than anyone in the NBA but this is the NBA. Not a 9-5. You get a whole summer to relax so I can't say I feel sorry for the guy whose getting paid 6 mill a year to play basketball. When I saw this guy at the Rucker he seemed wayy more down the earth than he does when he is being interviewed. I think he does this just to stay in the media and obviously it works. Actually I remember reading a story about how he does this just to stay in the media. I forget if it was ESPN magazine or Sports Illustrated.

mavsman55
11-12-2004, 05:50 AM
I'm calling it right now - His music will fail.

Dirkenstien
11-12-2004, 10:42 AM
Heard on ESPN today that Artest will consider retiring if the Pacers win the championship this year.

EricaLubarsky
11-12-2004, 11:39 AM
Originally posted by: Dirkenstien
Heard on ESPN today that Artest will consider retiring if the Pacers win the championship this year.

So in other words, he'll play out at least two years of his five year contract.

Dirkenstien
11-12-2004, 12:39 PM
Originally posted by: EricaLubarsky

Originally posted by: Dirkenstien
Heard on ESPN today that Artest will consider retiring if the Pacers win the championship this year.

So in other words, he'll play out at least two years of his five year contract.


Yeah, apparantly he feels that's the least he could do.

Funny how some players can feel as though they do not need to live up to their conracts and simply quit, but if they get injured they demand the team live up to their side of the contract and pay up.

Seems a bit lopsided

mary
11-12-2004, 12:43 PM
Ernie had a good line last night...called him "The Artest Formally known as a Basketball Player". I'm not a big fan of the pun, but that was pretty damn funny.

Smiles
11-12-2004, 02:33 PM
Originally posted by: mary
Ernie had a good line last night...called him "The Artest Formally known as a Basketball Player". I'm not a big fan of the pun, but that was pretty damn funny.

He's earned such a description. I haven't seen any reason to respect this person. Anyone heard otherwise?

Smiles
11-12-2004, 02:33 PM
Originally posted by: mary
Ernie had a good line last night...called him "The Artest Formally known as a Basketball Player". I'm not a big fan of the pun, but that was pretty damn funny.

He's earned such a description. I haven't seen any reason to respect this person. Anyone heard otherwise?

EricaLubarsky
11-12-2004, 02:37 PM
Unless Artest works out a buyout and he accepts much less than he is promised, then he would be paid in full if he retired, correct? It wouldnt count against the cap, but it would cost the Pacers about 19.7 million dollars, correct?