Ron Artest cleared to practice with Lakers, could return Tuesday against HoustonBy AP
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Ron Artest cleared for full practice with Lakers
LOS ANGELES — Ron Artest could rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers early this week after missing five games following a fall at his home on Christmas night.
Coach Phil Jackson said Sunday night that Artest has been cleared to practice without restrictions Monday. He went through a no-contact practice Saturday and participated in the team’s shootaround before Sunday night’s game against Dallas.
If Artest practices without problems, Jackson said he could return Tuesday night at home against his former team Houston.
“It’s up to them,” Artest said. “It’s not comfortable, but you’re never 100 percent. I got the staples out today. My head was swollen, so that’s better.”
Artest fell at home on Dec. 25, causing a concussion, a deep cut on his left elbow and a slight loss of memory.
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