Tuesday , Jan , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Artest’s injury not as bad as thought

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest was
informed Tuesday that he has just a sprained thumb and the injury is not
nearly as severe as initially diagnosed.

Artest was first told he had torn ligaments and would eventually need surgery
to correct the injury, but he is now listed as day-to-day and will not need an
operation to correct the problem.

Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle had said earlier Tuesday that Artest did tear
ligaments and it was uncertain as to when he would need to undergo surgery.

Artest flew to New York on Monday to have the thumb looked at by the same
doctor that corrected a similar injury that Artest had when he was a sophomore
at St. John’s. However, after the results came back, Pacers’ trainers examined
the MRI and it was determined that the thumb was only sprained.

Artest first injured the thumb in a January 17 game against New Jersey and has
struggled with his shot since.

On the season, he is averaging 17.5 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Pacers,
who currently have the most wins in the league and the best record in the
Eastern Conference.