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MagicRat
11-12-2004, 06:47 AM
Forward denies he asked for month off from team to work on rap album


By Mark Montieth
mark.montieth@indystar.com
November 12, 2004


Ron Artest acknowledges that he has been busy with off-court interests but says he did not ask the Indiana Pacers for a month off to finish a rap album.

After being vilified on national airwaves throughout the day Thursday, Artest told The Indianapolis Star that his offending comments to reporters on Wednesday should not have been taken literally.

"I just told (coach Rick Carlisle) I wanted to take some time off to get healed up," said Artest, who sat out part of the preseason with a twisted kneecap. "I said it in a bad way. Rick was right. It did compromise the integrity of the team. But I didn't ask him to take a month off to finish no rap album."

Carlisle confirmed that Artest did not ask for a month off to work on an album, but did not want to comment further.

"This is what Chuck Daly would call a 'moving forward' situation," Carlisle said Thursday. "It's time for Ron to play; it's time for our team to get as many healthy guys as we can."

Artest traveled with the team to Philadelphia and will play in tonight's game against the 76ers.

Carlisle benched Artest for two games after an incident before practice on Monday. Artest said he told teammates that he wanted to get away for a while, and that a subsequent conversation with Carlisle led to his benching.

"I was ready to take some time off, at least like a month off, but two games is enough," Artest told reporters before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Thursday, he said some of his comments were meant in jest.

"I can't be serious all the time," he said in a telephone interview. "It would be boring. I have to have some fun."

Artest acknowledged that some of his teammates have been frustrated with his recent actions. Carlisle agreed, saying Artest "has some fences to mend."

Artest had a confrontation with Jermaine O'Neal in the locker room at halftime of the game against Chicago on Saturday. Artest said he became frustrated when the Bulls made a run while he wasn't getting the ball on offense late in the first half. He sat down in the front row of the end-zone seats after being pulled from the game, moved briefly to the bench, and then went to the locker room before the half ended.

"Jermaine always sets me straight," Artest said. "I'm not the easiest teammate to play with. Jermaine's a leader on this team and he has to set me straight.

"J.O. told me to stop acting like a damn fool and I agreed."

O'Neal declined to comment on the matter when reached on Thursday.

Artest said he has no conflict with O'Neal now.

"He's our MVP," Artest said. "Without Jermaine, it would be very, very hard to win a championship."

Analysts throughout the country weighed in on the controversy Thursday, some of them questioning Artest's mental stability and others suggesting he should be traded.

Local reaction was mixed. Greg Rakestraw, host of a sports talk show on WXLW-950 AM, said 80 percent of his callers and e-mailers supported Artest. John Michael Vincent, who hosts a show on WNDE-1260 AM, said reaction from his listeners was 50-50.

Artest acknowledged that he has been busy with his musical career which, combined with his injuries, has left him fatigued.

The three-woman rhythm and blues group that he produces, Allure, is scheduled to have an album released on Nov. 23. It was originally scheduled for release in September, before the start of training camp, but Artest said he added a song at the last minute.

He also plans to release an online collection of his own rap songs sometime in December.

He said, however, that he doesn't believe his musical interests will remain an issue throughout the season.

"It's better if I play and I fight it until I can't breathe no more," he said. "That's what I'm going to do."

Unclebuck
11-12-2004, 07:38 AM
Carlisle confirmed that Artest did not ask for a month off to work on an album, but did not want to comment further.

"This is what Chuck Daly would call a 'moving forward' situation," Carlisle said Thursday. "It's time for Ron to play; it's time for our team to get as many healthy guys as we can."

Artest acknowledged that some of his teammates have been frustrated with his recent actions. Carlisle agreed, saying Artest "has some fences to mend."

Artest had a confrontation with Jermaine O'Neal in the locker room at halftime of the game against Chicago on Saturday. Artest said he became frustrated when the Bulls made a run while he wasn't getting the ball on offense late in the first half. He sat down in the front row of the end-zone seats after being pulled from the game, moved briefly to the bench, and then went to the locker room before the half ended.

"Jermaine always sets me straight," Artest said. "I'm not the easiest teammate to play with. Jermaine's a leader on this team and he has to set me straight.

"J.O. told me to stop acting like a damn fool and I agreed."

Artest said he has no conflict with O'Neal now.

"He's our MVP," Artest said. "Without Jermaine, it would be very, very hard to win a championship."





Seems like a very logical explanation for what happened

Bball
11-12-2004, 07:39 AM
Maybe Ron thought JO should learn to pass out of double teams?

In that case... I agree.... :(

-Bball

Kid Minneapolis
11-12-2004, 07:59 AM
"Jermaine always sets me straight," Artest said. "I'm not the easiest teammate to play with. Jermaine's a leader on this team and he has to set me straight.

"J.O. told me to stop acting like a damn fool and I agreed."

O'Neal declined to comment on the matter when reached on Thursday.

Artest said he has no conflict with O'Neal now.

"He's our MVP," Artest said. "Without Jermaine, it would be very, very hard to win a championship."

Awesome to hear this...

Harddrive7
11-12-2004, 08:12 AM
Yeah to HEAR this, who knows anymore.

indygeezer
11-12-2004, 08:35 AM
Maybe he was "kidding" when he said that too.





I keep thinking of how we are starting this season the way we ended last season, with Artest controversy.

diego
11-12-2004, 08:44 AM
UB,
YOu crack me up. I dont see you on here at all during all this and when one positive Artest quote comes out, all of a sudden you are here defedning him again.

Can you see Artest colored glasses.

Granted im not saying i dont garee that it sounds logical, but more so pointing to your timing of posts. :laugh:

Suaveness
11-12-2004, 08:51 AM
Well whats the point of arguing when EVERYONE else on the board is bashing Artest? None, really.

But yes, this sounds like an argument that sounds like it is honest.

ChicagoJ
11-12-2004, 09:36 AM
How convienient. There's a time to joke and a time not to joke. Just one more little piece of proof that he's a lousy teammate.

So he gets himself benched, holds a press conference and pretends to tell the truth, even though its bizarre, but then tells us a day later he was really joking.

So what do you all think happened in the locker room during the 24 hours or so between his "joke" and revealing that it was a joke. If I were in that lockerroom, I'd be even more p!$$ed that he doesn't even seem to be taking this disciplinary action seriously.

Right now I suspect that he needs to build a bridge big enough to cross the Grand Canyon to get back into good graces with the rest of the team.

In the same interview in which he says he can't be serious all the time, he says all these feely-good things about JO. But if JO was already sick of his **** before this happened, he's probably only made the rift wider.

I'm still suspicious that the original story was somewhat true, and he just didn't like the response.


Do any of you apologists actually think this story or Ron's comments make anything better? Once again, a major screwup/ denial & coverup and halfhearted promise to make everything better, until, of course, next time.

If we weren't so injury depleted, my take is that he'd still be riding the bench for a while.

Shall I start a poll on when 'next time' will be? Because its coming, and hopefully sooner rather than May/June.

sweabs
11-12-2004, 09:44 AM
The story continues to change...I don't know what to think. :cry:

indygeezer
11-12-2004, 09:47 AM
How convienient. There's a time to joke and a time not to joke. Just one more little piece of proof that he's a lousy teammate.

So he gets himself benched, holds a press conference and pretends to tell the truth, even though its bizarre, but then tells us a day later he was really joking.
So what do you all think happened in the locker room during the 24 hours or so between his "joke" and revealing that it was a joke. If I were in that lockerroom, I'd be even more p!$$ed that he doesn't even seem to be taking this disciplinary action seriously.

Right now I suspect that he needs to build a bridge big enough to cross the Grand Canyon to get back into good graces with the rest of the team.

In the same interview in which he says he can't be serious all the time, he says all these feely-good things about JO. But if JO was already sick of his **** before this happened, he's probably only made the rift wider.

I'm still suspicious that the original story was somewhat true, and he just didn't like the response.


Do any of you apologists actually think this story or Ron's comments make anything better? Once again, a major screwup/ denial & coverup and halfhearted promise to make everything better, until, of course, next time.

If we weren't so injury depleted, my take is that he'd still be riding the bench for a while.

Shall I start a poll on when 'next time' will be? Because its coming, and hopefully sooner rather than May/June.


He won't be here that long. How about an office pool predicting when he'll be traded, or to whom.

MagicRat
11-12-2004, 10:05 AM
Shall I start a poll on when 'next time' will be? Because its coming, and hopefully sooner rather than May/June.

http://home.comcast.net/~magic_rat/ronbomb.gif

ABADays
11-12-2004, 11:11 AM
I take you don't believe Standup is in Ron's future.

grace
11-12-2004, 11:50 AM
Do any of you apologists actually think this story or Ron's comments make anything better? Once again, a major screwup/ denial & coverup and halfhearted promise to make everything better, until, of course, next time.


I consider myself a pretty big Ron apologist. Well, I used to be. Right not I don't believe one word that comes out of his mouth. Since I don't know when "next time" will be I doubt he'll ever make his way back onto my fantasy team. As far as I'm concerned when Vanderjat leaves for Canada at the end of the Colts' season he can take Artest with him.:mad:

RA231
11-12-2004, 06:28 PM
Rons confusing, I dont know what to think...

RA231
11-12-2004, 06:29 PM
Do any of you apologists actually think this story or Ron's comments make anything better? Once again, a major screwup/ denial & coverup and halfhearted promise to make everything better, until, of course, next time.


I consider myself a pretty big Ron apologist. Well, I used to be. Right not I don't believe one word that comes out of his mouth. Since I don't know when "next time" will be I doubt he'll ever make his way back onto my fantasy team. As far as I'm concerned when Vanderjat leaves for Canada at the end of the Colts' season he can take Artest with him.:mad:




Vandys going to Canada?

sweabs
11-12-2004, 06:30 PM
Why would he want to play in the CFL?

It BLOWS :puke: