Artest Won’t Start Against Hornets

By John Clayton
Indianapolis, Feb. 17, 2004
Ron Artest missed practice Monday night due to travel problems on his return to Indianapolis from Los Angeles, site of the 2004 NBA All-Star game, and will not start tonight's game against New Orleans.

Al Harrington, who missed the final two games prior to the All-Star break due to a bruised right knee, was expected to start in Artest's place at small forward.

"He'll be fined for a missed practice and he'll miss his start tonight, but he'll play," Coach Rick Carlisle. "This is consistent with our protocol when this situation occurs. It's a fine, a non-start and we just move on."

Artest wasn't the only All-Star to miss practice Monday. Allen Iverson was a no-show at practice in Philadelphia and Shaquille O'Neal called in sick with the Los Angeles Lakers.