Friday, May 2
May 9, 1:32 PM ET
Artest admits he should have just walked away
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Artest apologized Friday for getting
into a shoving match with a team official after the Indiana Pacers
were eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
Artest became enraged following Game 6 Thursday when he was
pelted with debris from fans at Boston while he was heading back to
the locker room. Artest spotted the offender and attempted to get
into the stands, but was restrained by law enforcement officers and
"I just wanted to go over there and throw something back at
him,'' said Artest, who acknowledged he just should have walked
Then Artest got into a shoving match with former Pacers great
Mel Daniels, now the team's director of player personnel.
"Mel did the right thing,'' Artest said. "He's a guy in the
organization that I know that was telling me just, 'Let it go.' As
much I didn't want to let it go, Mel was strong enough to pull me
back in the locker room.''
Artest said he was glad Daniels was there to prevent the
incident from escalating. He also said he would not pursue any
further action against the unidentified fan.
It was the latest in season-long string of trouble for Artest.
Artest was suspended five times by the league and once by the
Pacers for a total of 12 games. He led the league in flagrant-foul
points with nine and was fined $155,000 and lost more than $250,000
While other Pacers cleaned out their lockers Friday, Artest was
shooting jumpers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
"I wish everybody could work as hard as I work, could go as
hard as I go,'' Artest said. "Everybody's got their own minds.''