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Artest could be out until All-Star break

Posted on: January 27, 2009 5:25 pm

No surprise here: More injury woes for the Houston Rockets.

A day after center Yao Ming's bruised right knee kept him from rejoining Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest for a rare appearance together against the Knicks, Artest told Tuesday that his injured right ankle probably will knock him out of the lineup again. For how long, nobody knows. But Artest, speaking by cell phone from Houston, said one possibility that doctors, trainers, and coaches might consider is shutting him down until after the All-Star break to give his bone bruise a chance to heal for the playoff push.

"I think that’s something that probably the trainers and coaches will think about," Artest said. "They pretty much told me that when I get better, whenever I feel right, that I would pretty much get the OK. They know I want to play, so it’s not a thing where they're saying, 'Hurry back, get ready.' I thought I was ready to come back for the long haul. I guess we got one victory out of it."

Artest, bothered by the sore ankle all season, missed nine of 10 games -- including seven straight -- in an effort to get the ankle to calm down so he can finish the season. The move coincided with the Rockets shutting McGrady down for six games to get his conditioning back and rest his troublesome left knee. Both returned for back-to-back road games against Detroit and New York Sunday and Monday, but Artest said his ankle was so sore against the Knicks that he considered sitting out the second half. He shot 4-for-19, including 1-for-10 on three-pointers.

"I tested it for a couple of days and I thought I'd be Superman," Artest said. "But you never know with these things, especially when it’s a bone bruise. I never had a bone bruise. This is the first time I've gone through this, so it takes some time getting used to. I guess there will be a point in time where you just have to deal with the pain if you can minimize it for that stretch run and see how far it can take you then. We’re just trying to see how long this pain is going to actually last."

Artest will test the ankle at shootaround Wednesday, but described his chances of playing against Philadelphia at home as "pretty slim." Doctors have told him surgery won't be necessary, but he'll have to be re-evaluated on a daily basis to see how long he needs to rest. Given that his recent seven-game absence spanned two weeks, a similar timetable would push him against the All-Star break. Houston's last game before the break is Feb. 11 at home against Sacramento.

The Rockets have struggled with injuries all season, but nonetheless are 10 games over .500 (28-18) heading into a stretch of playing 10 of the next 12 games at home. They've had Yao, McGrady and Artest healthy for only 22 games this season, and also have dealt with injuries to Shane Battier and Rafer Alston -- who called out his teammates as "selfish" and "lazy" after Monday night's loss.

"We’re a coinfident team," Artest said. "Actually, everybody’s really upbeat. It’s not a thing where guys aren’t feeling confident. It's just a shame that I haven't had a chance to show Houston what I can be. Hopefully I can rest and get healthy and show the city of Houston what they've got."



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2009 2:24 pm

Artest could be out until All-Star break

Houston asked for this.  Artest's 7.4mil comes off the books, but with the big three INJURED.  This year they are paying 43 million cmon now.  Not too mention both Yao and McGrady get a salary hike so itll be 40 million just for those two.  They could play a combined 45 games with their track records.  Get what you can for McGrady before hes a FA.  Get some picks and young players.  A SG/SF is easier to come by than a center.  Scrap it and start over.  Record or not.  They WILL NOT make it out of the West.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2009 1:34 pm

Artest could be out until All-Star break

They should make him stay in a dog kennel with no food until the All Star Break.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2009 11:53 am

Artest could be out until All-Star break

If this team gets into the playoffs, and has it's starting lineup intact, they will win a playoff series and they may even be a threat into the later rounds.  They played the Jazz very tough last year and T-Mac proved he's not the limiting factor.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2009 9:55 am

Artest could be out until All-Star break

If it's not his attitude it's his health, he has been far and away the #1 most frustrating player to own in fantasy basketball this year.  No one else can even come close.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2009 9:23 am
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Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2009 12:19 am

Artest could be out until All-Star break

i thought in the first place that artest and mcgrady should wait till after the all star break to come back. im worried if wether or not they only came back because yao was out. luckily nothing negative about mcgrady. i think wafer could step up in artests spot or maybe landry. who knows.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2009 9:55 pm

Artest could be out until All-Star break

You could be a fan of Ranger's pitching and think you're lucky ;)

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2009 7:24 pm

Artest could be out until All-Star break

I know the feeling, I am from Houston and living in LA.   All my friends are Laker fans.  Laker fan sucks...must be nice to always have a good team.  The Lakers rebuild by missing the playoffs or losing in the second round, we can't even get to the second round and miss the playoffs when rebuilding.  You know the saying if it ain't broke don't fix it? Well, it is broke so please someone fix this s%*t.

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2009 6:47 pm

Artest could be out until All-Star break

I agree, its time for a change if this year doesnt go well.  I'm tired of my 2 roommates, Spurs fans I might add, being right about how the Rockets will never do anything, and if we did that we would just get injured.  It seems like this year they will be correct again.  

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2009 6:42 pm

Artest could be out until All-Star break

Jesus Christ, is this s&%t ever going to end! I am starting to think that this team will never be healthy.  Whether it's bad luck or fragile players, no more excuses this year.  If the Rockets don't get out of the first round this year, scrap everything and start from scratch.  4 seasons of this nonsense is wearing on this fan.

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