Artest asked Carlisle to sit down
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer
November 10, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest said Wednesday that he asked coach Rick Carlisle for time off because of a busy schedule that included promoting a soon-to-be released rap album, which led to his two-game benching.
Artest held a short news conference before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, and in his usual ambiguous manner, tried to explain why he was benched.
Artest said that he asked Carlisle for as much as a month off to heal his aching body and recover from a particularly busy schedule.
The 24-year-old is scheduled to release his debut rap album later this month and has been spending a lot of time making promotional appearances.
I've been doing a little bit too much music, just needed the rest,'' Artest said.I've still got my album coming out Nov. 23. After the album comes out I'm going to make sure all of my time is focused on winning a championship.''
It's the latest in a long line of controversial situations for Artest, ranging from destroying television monitors at Madison Square Garden two years ago to missing the team flight to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Detroit last season.