Artest could rejoin team on Tuesday

Updated: December 29, 2009, 12:08 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PHOENIX -- Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he is "hopeful" Ron Artest will rejoin the team in Los Angeles for Tuesday's game against Golden State.

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Speaking before the Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns 118-103 on Monday night, Jackson said Artest still was experiencing some dizziness.

A team spokesman told ESPN.com that Artest was examined by a neurologist on Monday. He did not accompany the team to Phoenix and will not play in Monday night's game. He also did not play Saturday against Sacramento

Artest sustained a concussion and injured his left elbow in a fall at his home on Christmas Day. The team said Artest tripped over a box and fell down stairs.

He did not travel with the Lakers on their two-game trip to Sacramento and Phoenix.

The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers after signing as a free agent.

Jackson said his information on Artest's condition came through the team trainer.

Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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