- Sep 8, 2002
Ouch! Artest Loses Tooth in Practice
Written by Ryan Yamamoto, Sports Anchor/Reporter
A rough open to the new season continued for forward Ron Artest Thursday when the Kings' suspended star lost a tooth in a collision during practice.
At the end of practice during routine scrimmaging, Artest ran into either Darryl Watkins or John Salmons, then bent over in pain. When he sat down under the basket, teammates flocked around to check out the gap where Artest's top front left tooth used to be.
"That could have happened anytime," Kings head coach Reggie Theus said. Theus said Artest's tooth was already loose and he had missed a dentist appointment Wednesday to get the tooth fixed.
The mishap didn't faze Artest. After a brief rest, he jumped back in and continued to practice.
"You know how tough Ron is," Theus said.
Artest is serving a seven-game suspension following a misdemeanor domestic violence charge earlier this year. Artest is eligible to return to the team next Wednesday against Minnesota.