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    Artest gets summer lovin'
    Fans at Target Center cheer Pacers forward; he scores 23 in 1st game since suspension.

    By Mike Wells
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    MINNEAPOLIS -- The statistics -- 23 points, four steals and four rebounds -- were a given considering the competition.

    But that's not why the 200 or so fans came to the Target Center.

    A voice rang out from the stands seconds before the ball was thrown up at center court for Friday's NBA summer league game between the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets.

    "We missed you, Ron," a fan blurted out.

    For the first time in nearly eight months, forward Ron Artest was back in a Pacers uniform playing in a game.

    "I played decent," Artest said after the Pacers' 72-64 loss. "It felt good to be out there and get back in front of some referees. It felt pretty good."

    Friday wasn't about Artest showing up rookies and players hoping to catch the eye of the NBA officials in attendance. It was about seeing the first signs of a player who plans to have a more mature outlook after being suspended for the final 73 regular-season games and the playoffs last season for going into the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., after a fan threw a beer on him during a game against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 19.

    "I'm not trying to redo my image and I'm not trying to please anybody," Artest said. "I'm here to continue what I have to do; just be myself. I'm not trying to do any Cheerios commercials or Coca-Cola commercials. I want to do a commercial in the 'hood.' "

    This wasn't an ordinary summer league game for Artest and the Pacers. Besides having team president Larry Bird, CEO Donnie Walsh and coach Rick Carlisle in the stands, Artest's personal public relations agent was in attendance, along with a swarm of media waiting outside the locker room after the game. One fan wore a "Free Ron Artest" T-shirt.

    "I've been around him more in the last eight months than I've been in all my time here," Bird said. "I'm not going to say he's going to be perfect. He'll hear a lot from the fans and I know the fans like to watch him play.

    "Ronnie loves the game, he loves to work," Bird later said. "He loves to do the things to prepare. He's done that. Now is the time to get ready to play."

    Artest received a warm ovation from the sparse crowd during pregame introductions and applause for each jumper and driving layup he made. Artest, who spent countless hours in the gym while suspended, looked good physically and played with his customary tirelessness work ethic while keeping a smile on his face most of the game. He scored 15 of his 23 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half. He played a team-high 35 minutes.

    "Mentally, I felt rusty because I haven't played in so long," he said. "I just figured I had to take my time. I tried to approach it like a playoff game. In the playoffs you have to be poised. I just started out playing team ball. I played with my team, which helped me get some shots. I wished we could have played with a little more intensity and won."

    Bender to rest

    Forward Jonathan Bender, who is trying to resurrect his career after several injury-filled seasons, had eight points in 26 minutes in his first competitive game since Feb. 2.

    Now Bender is going to let his body rest for about a week.

    "I've been going full speed (rehabbing) since the middle of the season," Bender said. "It's time for me to take a break."

    Bender has been working with therapist Dan Dyrek in Boston and recently played in a basketball tournament in Houston.

    "He has no swelling and no pain. That's the great news," Carlisle said. "He heads into this much-needed break with a lot of momentum. The important thing is that he pick it back up after his break and continue to move forward. By October, he'll be ready for training camp."
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    I knew this wasn't a Bob Kravitz article right off. The title told me that.

    What I want to know is who is deciding things about Bender? Every time I read an article about him it says something different about which days he will play. One article said he was going to play two or three games. Another said he would play the last two games. Yesterdays Star said he would play the first and last games. This article sort of indicates Bender is going on a break now.

    Why not just say things will be decided day to day? They are making the Pacer's franchise look very unorganized.

    No wonder they are unhappy with the medical staff.

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    "I've been around him more in the last eight months than I've been in all my time here," Bird said. "I'm not going to say he's going to be perfect. He'll hear a lot from the fans and I know the fans like to watch him play.



    The last thing I want to do is disucss Bender, so I won't.

    But of course I want to discuss Artest. I found the quote by Bird very interesting. Not sure what conclusion to draw if any, but the fact Bird has been around him so much, gives me a lot of optimism, I'll leave it at that

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    Here's a few other articles on Artest


    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/st...p-280806c.html

    Artest scores 23 in return to action



    BY FRANK ISOLA
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

    MINNEAPOLIS - Ron Artest's first NBA sanctioned game in eight months drew an estimated crowd of only 300 yesterday at the Target Center. The cynical fan could argue that attendance was low because Artest still poses a threat to public safety. In fact, the turnout said less about Artest and more about the Twin Cities ambivalence toward summer league basketball.

    "I heard the public wasn't allowed to come to the game," Artest said after scoring 23 points for the Indiana Pacers in a 72-64 loss to the Houston Rockets.


    Tickets were available, but mostly coaches and scouts showed up for the return of one of the league's all-time most notorious players. Artest, the talented forward from Queensbridge, was suspended for the remainder of the 2004-05 season for attacking a fan in Detroit during the final seconds of a Nov. 19 game against the Pistons. Once NBA commissioner David Stern announced the suspension, Artest spent his days in Indiana working on his game and counting the minutes until he could play again.


    "I admire the kid, not for what he did but for how he's come back," said Pacers president Larry Bird.


    Artest again blamed the incident on a momentary lapse of judgment combined with fans who don't respect the game. The brawl started when a Pistons fan hit Artest in the face with a cup. Next season, Artest's every move will be heavily scrutinized. He will be a constant target in visiting arenas which is nothing new for Artest, who says that fans "know my history, they know my personality, they know my character so they are always trying to find ways to get under my skin."


    Artest changed jersey numbers again, this time going back to No. 15, which he wore at LaSalle Academy and St. John's. As for changing his demeanor, Artest vowed to be the same intense competitor he's always been.


    "I'm not trying to redo my image," he said. "I'm not trying to please anybody. I'm just going to continue to do what I got to do to be myself. I'm not trying to get any Cheerios commercials or Coca-Cola commercials. I want to do a commercial in the 'hood."

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    http://www.startribune.com/stories/503/5509623.html


    Artest turns heads in his return to court
    Steve Aschburner, Star Tribune
    July 16, 2005 WOLF0716



    Ron Artest came, played, showered and left without incident Friday afternoon at Target Center. One in a row is good.

    Now the Indiana Pacers would like to repeat that, oh, another 100 times or so next season and postseason.

    Playing in his first game since the infamous Nov. 19 fan/Pacer melee at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Artest scored 23 points with four rebounds, four steals, five turnovers, no TKOs and no hassles in the Minnesota Summer League opener. Afterward, the 6-7 forward -- who incurred a season-ending suspension from that altercation -- was surrounded by media people, including an ESPN crew.

    "I don't know that we expected" all the attention, Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said, "but it's all going to be part of his coming back."

    Playing for road fans under optimal circumstances -- only a few hundred were in the stands for the 3 p.m. game -- Artest neither got nor gave any guff. He played 35 of the 40 minutes but said he felt mentally rusty. He promised no big changes.

    "I'm not trying to re-do my image," Artest said. "I'm not trying to please anybody. ... I'm not trying to do any Cheerios commercials or Coca-Cola commercials."

    'Skita' shines

    Nikoloz Tskitishvili, a free-agent forward added Friday to the Wolves' summer roster, was the day's local hero, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes of the home team's 102-69 victory over the Bucks.

    The fifth player selected in the 2002 draft, Tskitishvili seldom played for Denver and was traded to Golden State in February. But the 7-footer from the Republic of Georgia is only 22 and, from the looks of it, still has potential.

    "He [needs] to play. Very simple," said Zarko Durisic, the Wolves' European scout. "You can have the talent and everything, like Ndudi [Ebi], but you have to play. Nobody became a player on the bench."

    Tskitishvili, nicknamed "Skita," shot 8-for-11, making four of his five three-point shots.

    "That's the best I've seen Skita play," said Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts, who was a Warriors assistant last season.

    Said Tskitishvili: "This is my goal, to become better player. When you work and work and work, you think you can get better."

    His link to the Wolves was new assistant coach Rex Kalamian, also in Denver last season. When Minnesota called Tskitishvili, he was at the Las Vegas summer league -- as a spectator. He is free to sign with any of the league's 30 clubs.

    Bogut goes slow

    Bucks center Andrew Bogut, the first overall pick in last month's draft, managed seven points, four rebounds, three blocks and five fouls in 28 minutes. Unimpressive, according to one expert.

    "I definitely played pretty bad," Bogut said. "It was a big adjustment, fouls and stuff like that. It's a learning experience."

    Stotts didn't sound worried. "That's what summer league is for, to figure out things," the Bucks coach said. "I'm sure you'll see him get better throughout the week."

    Notes

    Forget about seeing Rashad McCants, the Wolves' lottery pick, in these games. McCants said he is likely to be sidelined three weeks by his strained left hamstring.

    Kalamian spoke highly of second-round pick Bracey Wright for the way Wright, normally a shooting guard, ran the point.

    Sean Banks, the former University of Memphis player who went undrafted after being declared academically ineligible last winter, was a no-show. Coach Dwane Casey suspected that Banks might have an offer from another team but said he hadn't called the Wolves.

    Another late Wolves addition: Yakhouba Diawara, a 6-7 forward who split his college career between Southern Idaho and Pepperdine.

    Steve Aschburner is at saschburner@startribune.com.

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    Artest gets summer lovin'
    Fans at Target Center cheer Pacers forward; he scores 23 in 1st game since suspension.

    By Mike Wells
    mike.wells@indystar.com


    MINNEAPOLIS -- The statistics -- 23 points, four steals and four rebounds -- were a given considering the competition.

    But that's not why the 200 or so fans came to the Target Center.

    A voice rang out from the stands seconds before the ball was thrown up at center court for Friday's NBA summer league game between the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets.

    "We missed you, Ron," a fan blurted out.

    For the first time in nearly eight months, forward Ron Artest was back in a Pacers uniform playing in a game.

    "I played decent," Artest said after the Pacers' 72-64 loss. "It felt good to be out there and get back in front of some referees. It felt pretty good."

    Friday wasn't about Artest showing up rookies and players hoping to catch the eye of the NBA officials in attendance. It was about seeing the first signs of a player who plans to have a more mature outlook after being suspended for the final 73 regular-season games and the playoffs last season for going into the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., after a fan threw a beer on him during a game against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 19.

    "I'm not trying to redo my image and I'm not trying to please anybody," Artest said. "I'm here to continue what I have to do; just be myself. I'm not trying to do any Cheerios commercials or Coca-Cola commercials. I want to do a commercial in the 'hood.' "

    This wasn't an ordinary summer league game for Artest and the Pacers. Besides having team president Larry Bird, CEO Donnie Walsh and coach Rick Carlisle in the stands, Artest's personal public relations agent was in attendance, along with a swarm of media waiting outside the locker room after the game. One fan wore a "Free Ron Artest" T-shirt.

    "I've been around him more in the last eight months than I've been in all my time here," Bird said. "I'm not going to say he's going to be perfect. He'll hear a lot from the fans and I know the fans like to watch him play.

    "Ronnie loves the game, he loves to work," Bird later said. "He loves to do the things to prepare. He's done that. Now is the time to get ready to play."

    Artest received a warm ovation from the sparse crowd during pregame introductions and applause for each jumper and driving layup he made. Artest, who spent countless hours in the gym while suspended, looked good physically and played with his customary tirelessness work ethic while keeping a smile on his face most of the game. He scored 15 of his 23 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half. He played a team-high 35 minutes.

    "Mentally, I felt rusty because I haven't played in so long," he said. "I just figured I had to take my time. I tried to approach it like a playoff game. In the playoffs you have to be poised. I just started out playing team ball. I played with my team, which helped me get some shots. I wished we could have played with a little more intensity and won."

    Bender to rest

    Forward Jonathan Bender, who is trying to resurrect his career after several injury-filled seasons, had eight points in 26 minutes in his first competitive game since Feb. 2.

    Now Bender is going to let his body rest for about a week.

    "I've been going full speed (rehabbing) since the middle of the season," Bender said. "It's time for me to take a break."

    Bender has been working with therapist Dan Dyrek in Boston and recently played in a basketball tournament in Houston.

    "He has no swelling and no pain. That's the great news," Carlisle said. "He heads into this much-needed break with a lot of momentum. The important thing is that he pick it back up after his break and continue to move forward. By October, he'll be ready for training camp."
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    I knew this wasn't a Bob Kravitz article right off. The title told me that.

    What I want to know is who is deciding things about Bender? Every time I read an article about him it says something different about which days he will play. One article said he was going to play two or three games. Another said he would play the last two games. Yesterdays Star said he would play the first and last games. This article sort of indicates Bender is going on a break now.

    Why not just say things will be decided day to day? They are making the Pacer's franchise look very unorganized.

    No wonder they are unhappy with the medical staff.
    You have got to be F'n kidding me. He is now taking off till the fall????


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    i think i said in the espn artice on ron thread that it appears that artest has a fan in Bird....bird is a huge work ethic guy, and u cant help but wonder if that has a lot to do with it....

    as far as bender goes, it certainly appears that dyrek has been entrusted to handle the situation completely....just have to trust that he knows best....if indeed he played and had zero swelling, that would seem to be an improvement from times past....

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    You have got to be F'n kidding me. He is now taking off till the fall????


    I don't see anywhere that it says he is taking off until the fall. Just a little break

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    What I want to know is who is deciding things about Bender? Every time I read an article about him it says something different about which days he will play. One article said he was going to play two or three games. Another said he would play the last two games. Yesterdays Star said he would play the first and last games. This article sort of indicates Bender is going on a break now.
    On the channel 6 news last night, it said Bender was going back to New Orleans for therapy on his knee. Donnie and Rick said it was news to them....

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    Thanks for the vid.

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    Thanks for the video, MagicRat. It's great to have Ronnie back; he looked real comfortable out there with his jumpshot.

    On the other hand, judging by the quote: "That's news to us..." from Carlisle, Bird, etc., perhaps it wouldn't be too unrealistic to say that they are just a little fed-up with this Bender crap?

    I mean seriously - it's the same story every time. Play a game, take 20 off. Come back for another couple, and discover it needs surgery and rehab. I'm just sick and tired of it.

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    Am I the only one who thinks Bender has no desire to play?
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    after being suspended for the final 73 regular-season games and the playoffs last season for going into the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., after a fan threw a beer on him during a game against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 19.

    Why does everyone feel the need that they HAVE to explain WHY Ron was suspended? You would think that everyone knows by now.

    I know this is OT but it just drives me crazy sometimes. Sorry guys, back to lurk mode.

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    wow, I've been a JB supporter for a long time..... but this IS getting ridiculous. THe vid is downloading as I type this, but if they really said "this is news to us"............................ wow.
    My guess is the only reason they are still keeping him is he has no trade value whatsoever. If Granger works out and they resign JJ, I bet they trade him for a bag of peanuts.

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    Must...keep...Bender...comments...to...self...

    And I'm EASILY one of Bender's biggest fans on here.

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    Random thoughts and reading between the lines, or the Pacer's version of 'The Young and the Restless.'

    After reading the first article it appears the Pacers and Bender are a bit unhappy with each other. I'm beginning to think Bender is blaming the Pacers medical staff for his knee problems.

    And he couldn't have been to happy reading in the Star where the Pacers were going to give Artest minutes at power forward so they could have their most talented players on the floor at the same time. That was a line up of JO, Ron, Danny, Tins, and Jax. No mention of Bender.

    Plus power forward is his likely position and Ron is being given minutes there.

    On the other hand if he's going to take a break now and not play in any more sUMMER league games that's not going to make the Pacers happy. Especially since he's already played in a basketball tournament.

    And if he gets hurt in the off season again and doesn't come to camp healthy the Pacers are going to be . . . mad.

    I would venture to guess that he'll be gone by February's trade deadline if not sooner.

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