Ron Artest Injury Update – Jan. 2

Prior to Sunday’s game against Dallas, Phil Jackson said that Ron Artest was cleared to practice on Monday, and that the team was hopeful he could play on Tuesday against Houston.

Artest had earlier told reporters that he doubted he’d be ready by Tuesday’s game (while acknowledging that it was a possibility), but when told of Jackson’s statement, had this to say: “Whatever they tell me to play, I’ll go.”

Artest went on to explain that he’s certainly feeling better, and that while he’s not completely “comfortable,” he is happy to play when he’s not 100 percent.

“Five days ago it was pretty bad, but Monday will be 10 days, so basically I’m on schedule,” he said. “I’m feeling pretty good now.”

Artest went through the team’s entire shootaround session on Sunday morning, including shooting and running drills, and (as Jackson said) is expected to practice fully with contact on Monday.

He’ll then be evaluated once again, and a decision will be made as to his availability for Tuesday.