Ron Artest Improving

Monday, December 28
****Update: Ron Artest continues to improve, but will not join the team in Phoenix for Monday night’s game against the Suns.

Sunday, December 27
The condition of Ron Artest, who suffered a concussion after falling down stairs in his home, has improved.

Artest visited the neurologist office on Sunday, but will need to go once again on Monday before being cleared to play against the Suns.

“We’re hopeful that he’ll play tomorrow,” said Phil Jackson. “But he has to be seen (by doctors) and go through that process.”

Jackson added that he hasn’t spoken to Artest personally, but has been informed that he’s doing “much better now.”

The head coach is also unsure as to whether he will again start Lamar Odom in place of Artest if Ron Ron isn’t able to go.