NBA should throw book at Artest

Ron Artest wanted time off after producing a rap album. After Friday night's brawl in Detroit, he should get it -- in the form of at least a 20-game suspension.

Updated: November 20, 2004, 9:01 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Go ahead, Ron. Take a good, long time off. You earned it.

Last week Ron Artest asked for a month off to rest up from a grueling schedule that included producing a rap album, providing the most outrageous basketball quote of the year that was not spoken by Kobe Bryant or Shaquille O'Neal: "I've been doing a little bit too much music, just needed the rest. 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.''

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