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    Jackson Prepares for First Game Back

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    INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Artest practiced with the Indiana Pacers on Monday for the first time in over two months since he was suspended for fighting with Detroit fans.


    Artest did not comment as he left the practice court at Conseco Fieldhouse, but teammates and coach Rick Carlisle said his presence gave the struggling Pacers a much-needed lift.

    "Having a guy like Ron in practice helps raise the level of practice in terms of intensity because he's one of the real warrior-type players we have in this league," Carlisle said. "He came back in here today and it was like he never left."

    Commissioner David Stern suspended the All-Star for the remainder of the season after he bolted into the stands at The Palace on Nov. 19 and exchanged punches with Pistons fans, who showered Artest and the rest of the Pacers with debris.

    Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said late last week that Artest's presence at practice is in no way an indication that his suspension could be reduced, but several Pacers are clinging to that hope, however slim.

    "All we can do is pray," forward Stephen Jackson said. "Even to think about having him back in that uniform with the No. 91 jersey on, that's definitely making us happy, but that's frightening a whole lot of teams. They don't want to see him back, but we do."

    Jackson said Artest was clearly pleased to be back on the court with his teammates. And if anyone should know, it's Jackson, who has been practicing with the team for a few weeks but will play in his first game since the brawl on Wednesday at Boston.

    "The best thing for him is what was the best thing for me and that's to be with the team," Jackson said. "Obviously sitting at home, watching media, watching the news he needs to be around his team with people who care about him and people who support him."

    Jackson was suspended for 30 games for his role in the melee. Jermaine O'Neal has been playing since Dec. 25 after his 25-game penalty was reduced to 15 games by an arbitrator and upheld in federal court.

    "I'm so happy to be back I want to scream," Jackson said.

    But his enthusiasm was tempered because he knows what Artest is going through.

    "If anybody who basically grew up like we have and was able to work their butt off to get to the NBA, and to lose money and not be able to play and do the things you love?" Jackson said, shaking his head. "Guys like me and Ron, we look at basketball like it's our life. This is all we can do. I feel sorry for him because this is what he loves to do. He thrives on basketball and for him to be away from it, it has to be hurting."

    Carlisle could see the impact returning to the court had on last year's defensive player of the year.

    "My sense is that he was a little humbled by the chance to come back," Carlisle said. "It's a meaningful day. It's a meaningful opportunity for him given what's transpired. It's a big deal."

    Jackson will start at the small forward spot -- Artest's position -- against the Celtics and said Artest's intensity will make him a better player.

    "Ron's a warrior. He comes to practice everyday and works hard and that's what I need right now," Jackson said. "I've been out for a while, so I need to bang against an All-Star and Ron is the best person I can go up against to make my game better. So I'm glad he's back."

    If Artest can elevate Jackson's game, the Pacers will be much better off for it. The Pacers are 20-19, but just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and have struggled mightily with consistency.

    The fiery and skilled Jackson figures to provide a big lift.

    "Having him back is not going to solve every problem we have, but it's certainly going to be an important part of the solution to some of our issues of consistency and energy loss," Carlisle said.

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    Some pics from todays practice







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    well, so long as he isn't "screaming" like this.... http://content.collegehumor.com/medi...shleebooed.wmv

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    WOOHOO! lets go pacers

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    I miss Ron.

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    May as well make this the Stephen Jackson thread.
    Jackson, Artest Return

    Jan. 24, 2005 - Stephen Jackson will return to the Pacers' lineup Wednesday night in Boston, while Ron Artest returned to practice for the first time since he was suspended for the rest of the year by the NBA. Jackson and Coach Rick Carlisle express their thoughts in the following video clips. Artest was not available for comment. (Windows Media Player is required)

    Rick Carlisle:

    on the importance of getting Jackson back
    on what it means for Artest to practice
  8. on the team's opportunity in the coming weeks

    Stephen Jackson:
  9. on how the suspension has changed him
    on his support for Artest
    on how he expects to help the team
    on what the team needs to get over the hump

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    I get the feeling that with Ron back in the practice fold, and Stephen back on the playing court, our team is about to play with renewed energy. We could use a healthy Harrison for sure, but otherwise, this team is ready to go.

    Might take a few games, but I think some consistency is not too far away.

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    It's just great to see him there playing and smiling. Just knowing that he is there and still a member of this team is reassuring to me. Brought a smile to my face.

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    Wow...those pictures nearly brought a wet salty substance to my eyes.

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    "Jonathon "Made of Paper" Bender stands behind Stephen Jackson wondering how he shoots without breaking an arm....or at least pulling a shoulder muscle or something..."

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    I want to see Harrison in uniform.

    Come back soon!
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    To keep this thread clean, I'm going to remove the "salty" posts. You've all had your say anyway.

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    Thanks Hicks.

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    But will my deleted posts still count towards my post count?

    That is what is important after all.
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    My apologies... thanks

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    Things are really looking up.

    I love the pic with Ron and Donnie.

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    Give me a second here to compose myself, I have something in my eye.


    Great to see those pictures and read about Ronnie practicing again.

    I like this paragraph All we can do is pray," forward Stephen Jackson said. "Even to think about having him back in that uniform with the No. 91 jersey on, that's definitely making us happy, but that's frightening a whole lot of teams. They don't want to see him back, but we do."

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    I'm with you UB, those pictures are great. Ron is a special player and special individual. Great teams have to go through adversity before they can suceed and this team has had more than their fair share. But everything that has been thrown at them they've learnt and grown from it. Regardless of what happens this season, I think that when Ronnie is playing again the Pacers are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

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    Things are really looking up.

    I love the pic with Ron and Donnie.
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    Here is Mark Montieth's version of things.
    http://www.indystar.com/articles/9/211946-7539-092.html

    Artest rejoins Pacers in practice


    Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh visits with Ron Artest after practice today. -- Sam Richie / The Star


    By Mark Montieth
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    Ron Artest returned to practice today. So did all the cameras.

    The Indiana Pacers forward worked out with his teammates for the first time since Nov. 18, the day before a brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills resulted in his season-long suspension. A full contingent of local and national media members was on hand to record the moment on the Conseco Fieldhouse practice court, although word had been put out that Artest would not be available for interviews.

    Artest was merely one of several brewing subplots for the Pacers, who have become accustomed to uncertainty in a season filled with injuries and suspensions. Stephen Jackson, suspended 30 games, worked with the blue-shirted starters for the first time in preparation for his return Wednesday against Boston. Jamaal Tinsley stayed home with the flu. A banged-up Jermaine O'Neal sat out the contact portions of practice. Austin Croshere, who missed the past two games with the flu, returned but was still weak. Anthony Johnson practiced, but was coughing throughout.

    "We've got the nasal irrigator in there going full-time," coach Rick Carlisle said, motioning toward the training room. "We're dealing with some things."

    The Pacers view Artest's return as mutually beneficial. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year will don a white jersey and work with the second and third teams the rest of the season, doing what he can to raise the competitive level and make teammates better.

    He also will try to improve his game. He has been working with coaches on the court, and has enhanced his conditioning with swimming, Pilates and yoga. He worked privately with Jackson on Sunday and was the first player on the court Monday morning.

    Now, at least, he can be part of the group again.

    "After sitting home watching the media and hearing all this (stuff) he needs to be with his team where people care about him," Jackson said. "Being around the team is the best thing for him.

    "It's good for him and for us. We need him. We got in this situation because we were supporting our team. To not support him now would be defeating the purpose of fighting in Detroit."

    Artest has been with the Pacers for nearly three years and he's been around his teammates some in the fieldhouse the past month. His return, therefore, seemed more like a return to normalcy than a sudden jolt.

    "Just another day of practice," Jeff Foster said. "It was like he's been injured for a while and this was his first day of practice."

    Carlisle agreed, although he sensed that Artest was "humbled" by the opportunity.

    "It's a meaningful day for him, given what's transpired," Carlisle said. "He didn't say anything, he just came out here and played. And played great."

    Jackson said he had "no clue" if NBA commissioner David Stern would consider reducing his suspension and allow Artest to play this season. Carlisle, however, reiterated his view that Artest's suspension will stand for the rest of the season, which means he will continue to work without a paycheck or the glory that comes from playing in the games.

    "It's hurting him," Jackson said. "Anybody who grew up like we did and worked their butt off to get to the NBA, to lose money and not do what you love . . . guys like me and Ron, we look at basketball as our life. This is all we can do. I feel sorry for him, because this is what he loves to do.

    "All we can do is pray for him and be behind him as a team. I'm behind him 110 percent."

    It remains to be seen how much Artest's absence hurts the Pacers this season. Carlisle, however, emphasized the importance of remembering there will be more seasons ahead for him and the team, and that his current experience might prove to be a positive one.

    "Ron Artest is a very young player at age 25 and is going to have a very long career," Carlisle said. "In the grand scheme of things, there's light at the end of the tunnel."

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    I just watched the clips. Man, if Jack played half as fast as he talked, he'd be unstoppable.
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    Give me a second here to compose myself, I have something in my eye.

    You clearly missed the "salty" conversation.
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    Okay, why is Donnie showing Ron the finer art of choking someone?
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    Pacers Welcome Artest Back for Practice


    By Conrad Brunner | Jan. 24, 2005
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    There was no fanfare, no speeches, no need for re-introductions. It was all about the basketball when Ron Artest returned to practice Monday.


    Artest

    "It was just another day of practice," said Jeff Foster, "He's been a part of this team for two-and-a-half, three years now so it's just like he'd been injured for awhile and this was his first day back."

    The NBA cleared Artest to resume practicing with the Pacers, and Monday was his first day back since the Nov. 19 incident in Detroit that led to his suspension for the rest of the regular season and playoffs. In the interim, he had been working out either on his own or in individual sessions with members of the coaching staff.

    Artest wasn't available for comment, but his teammates and Coach Rick Carlisle spoke warmly of his return.



    Carlisle

    "Having a guy like Ron in practice helps raise the level of your practice in terms of intensity because he's one of the real warrior-type players we have in this league," said Carlisle. "He came back in here today and it was like he never left. He's been working awfully hard. He's been doing swimming, pilates, yoga and a lot of other stuff to keep himself in great shape. And he's been working out a lot with our coaching staff on his own. I'm very pleased he has the opportunity to come back and be with the team. This is an important day for him in that respect.

    "My sense is that he was a little humbled by the chance to come back. It's a meaningful day. It's a meaningful opportunity for him, given what's transpired. And he did great. He didn't say anything; he just came out here and played, and played great."

    Stephen Jackson, whose 30-game suspension expired with the Pacers' 95-93 loss to Washington Saturday night, said the ability to spend time on the court with teammates will be therapeutic for Artest.



    Jackson

    "I was feeling down myself being out 30 games but this guy got the whole season, so I know it's good for him to be around for him and for us," Jackson said. "I think the best thing for him is what was the best thing for me: to be with the team.

    "Obviously, sitting at home and watching the news and hearing all this B.S., he needs to be around the team where people care about him and people support him. Being around the team is the best thing for him, not sitting at home and dwelling on what happened."

    Though Artest has only been cleared to practice and there has been no indication from the NBA that the terms of his suspension will be altered, even his limited presence could have a positive impact on the team. A physical, intense player, Artest will work with the second and third units during practice, giving the backups a major weapon with which to push the starters.



    Croshere

    "He's still a part of this team," said Austin Croshere. "I don't think you can ever fully get over what happened in Detroit until everybody's back and everybody's practicing. Then you can kind of begin to move on. It's certainly a reminder of how talented he is, having him on the third team and seeing the things he does defensively and some of the things he does offensively.

    "At times it's kind of frustrating, because it's a reminder of what we don't have, of how good of a piece we're missing. But it's a step toward putting the whole thing behind us."

    Each step in that direction is a positive one for the Pacers.
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