Another user on here had made a post on Artest has different type of "injuries" unlike the typical NBA player. It is true, look how fast he recovered last year.
Artest may sometimes be a headcase and may not sometimes behave "accordingly" to standards. Asking for a month off from work may seem ridiculus to us, but think in the mind of Ron Artest.
Ron Artest has the potential to be an MVP in this league. He is just sooooo gooood and he is no where near his peak. This kid is NBA Defensive Player of the Year and can bring in 25 points a night with no problem. His outside shooting has improved dramatically, and his shots may look ugly and unconventional but they go in! Ron Artest is not replacable. Artest dominates on the defensive end, and the offensive end! I don't know of anyone in this league who can stop Ronnie. For all you on here that think Artest needs to go because he wanted to work on a "rap album" need to understand it was not just his rap album; in his mind he just needed a break from things because both his body and his mind could not take it. I hope some people on this forum who are so quick to jump out to trade Ron Artest by saying we have "S. Jackson"....don't you think S. Jackson and Ron Artest is an unbelievable duo? What about when Reggie retires? Come on people...grow up. Ron is our child, and we need to work with him. He is a part of our family and he has been having a little timeout.