Lakers’ Ron Artest Suffers Concussion in Fall

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest
suffered a concussion and injured his left elbow after falling at his home.

Artest didn't travel with the Lakers to Saturday's game
at Sacramento after tripping over a box and falling down a flight of stairs at
his home on Christmas night, the team said in a news release.

He was treated at UCLA Medical Center, undergoing a CT
scan and receiving stitches in the back of his head and his elbow. A neurologist
examined him on Saturday and confirmed he had a concussion, the team said.
Artest is day to day.

Artest scored 13 points and fouled out while guarding
LeBron James
in the Lakers' 102-87 loss to Cleveland earlier Friday. Artest is
averaging 12.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season with Los Angeles
after signing as a free agent.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson allowed his players to stay
home with their families on Christmas night, apparently getting permission from
the NBA to fly to Sacramento on Saturday morning.

Asked his interpretation of Artest's injury before the
Lakers' game against the Kings, Jackson responded, "What do you mean, 'What's my
interpretation?' What's that supposed to mean?

"Let me see, my interpretation is that an accident
happened, he fell down, he ended up in the hospital, and he came out with some
stitches. Other than that, I can't add anything to it."

Los Angeles began a stretch with four games in five days
on Christmas, culminating in a home game against Golden State on Tuesday.

"What I was telling the team is that he brings a certain
physical presence to our game," Jackson said. "And we'll miss that part of his
game."

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