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Unclebuck
02-13-2004, 09:04 AM
Good move or bad move.

I think it is great and as I wrote in my article about Artest right before the season the pacers need to give Ronnie more responsibility



http://www.indystar.com/articles/4/120331-8724-036.html

Artest gains captain's status for Pacers
All-Star forward has been much less volatile, earning title from Carlisle, Miller, O'Neal.



By Mark Montieth
mark.montieth@indystar.com
February 13, 2004


LOS ANGELES -- Quietly and carefully, Ron Artest's transformation from scourge to leader has taken another step forward. His teammates and coaches with the Indiana Pacers have made him a team captain.

The decision, reached mutually by fellow captains Reggie Miller and Jermaine O'Neal and coach Rick Carlisle, was announced to Artest and his teammates in a players-only meeting last month. It was not revealed outside the locker room walls, however, until Thursday, three days before Artest will make his first appearance at the NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles.

Artest gained notoriety last season when he was suspended for 12 games and accumulated a league-high eight flagrant foul points. He has provided a different story line this season, with no suspensions, no flagrants and just three technical fouls -- one of which the NBA admitted was a mistake.

Artest's season hasn't been entirely smooth. He has voiced complaints about the team's offense, was benched for the second half of a game against New Jersey on Dec. 27 for what Carlisle called "conduct detrimental to winning," and was late for a game-day practice session two days later.

In the bigger picture, however, he has given consistent effort, played through injuries and been a calming influence when teammates become emotional during games.

"You don't become a captain unless you earn it," Carlisle said. "He's earned the respect of the key people. But Ron realizes that when you carry the label of team captain, your conduct is held at a higher level of expectation. He's lived up to that."

O'Neal, speaking by telephone Thursday from New York, where he was to make an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" later in the evening, said he believes the move will both reward and motivate Artest.

"We thought it would give more responsibility to him on and off the court," O'Neal said. "Being a captain is huge. You have to be on time and you have to play a certain way and have a certain demeanor. It's a good situation for him and our team and it's well-deserved.

"You look at Ron's past, how many people thought he would be in this position this year? Nobody. It's all about winning this year."

Artest was traveling to Los Angeles on Thursday and unavailable for comment.

Hicks
02-13-2004, 09:09 AM
Good for Ron! :thumbup:

Trace
02-13-2004, 10:38 AM
The decision, reached mutually by fellow captains Reggie Miller and Jermaine O'Neal and coach Rick Carlisle, was announced to Artest and his teammates in a players-only meeting last month.

Hmm, I'm wondering if Artest wanted to be a captain, if he saw this move coming, and what his reaction is.

It's great to make him a captain if he wanted to step up and be one. It's not great if he didn't want it and interprets it as a manipulative way to make him toe the line and keep him disciplined.

Ragnar
02-13-2004, 10:41 AM
Um didnt Jermaine mention it in an interview after a game on TNT or something. This is not new news. UB how is it that you of all people didnt know about this? I am certain that we talked about it.

Or maybe I am going crazy.

ChicagoJ
02-13-2004, 11:19 AM
Um didnt Jermaine mention it in an interview after a game on TNT or something. This is not new news. UB how is it that you of all people didnt know about this? I am certain that we talked about it.

Or maybe I am going crazy.


I don't remember it.

Trace, that's an interesting perspective. My initial reaction was that I wouldn't have done this until after this season was complete and he continues to prove he's earned it.

waxman
02-13-2004, 02:59 PM
Good move IMO.... The team has been helping Ronnie feel more involved and more part of the family... on and off the court this year... rather than the outsider he seemed to be last year. This is an appropriate reward for his obvious maturity and development and will serve to re-instill his importance and accountability to the team.

manipulative?....maybe...but I think the intention is with Rons and the teams best interest in mind... everyone around the organization and team seems to genuinely love the guy.

Kegboy
02-13-2004, 05:14 PM
I thought teams could only have two offical captains?

Hicks
02-13-2004, 05:17 PM
I thought teams could only have two offical captains?

Don't know either way, but while skimming through the roster pages on NBA.com, I think I remember seeing on somes teams 3 captains. I think the Lakers are one of the, but I'm sure there are more.