Lakers: Artest suffered concussion in fall at home

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest suffered a concussion and

injured his left elbow after falling at his home.

Artest didn’t travel with the Lakers to Saturday’s game at

Sacramento after tripping over a box and falling down a flight of

stairs at his home on Christmas night, the team said in a news

release.

He was treated at UCLA Medical Center, undergoing a CT scan and

receiving stitches in the back of his head and his elbow. A

neurologist examined him on Saturday and confirmed he had a

concussion, the team said. Artest is day to day.

Artest scored 13 points and fouled out while guarding LeBron

James in the Lakers’ 102-87 loss to Cleveland earlier Friday.

Artest is averaging 12.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first

season with Los Angeles after signing as a free agent.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson allowed his players to stay home with

their families on Christmas night, apparently getting permission

from the NBA to fly to Sacramento on Saturday morning.

Asked his interpretation of Artest’s injury before the Lakers’

game against the Kings, Jackson responded, “What do you mean,

‘What’s my interpretation?’ What’s that supposed to mean?

“Let me see, my interpretation is that an accident happened, he

fell down, he ended up in the hospital, and he came out with some

stitches. Other than that, I can’t add anything to it.”

Los Angeles began a stretch with four games in five days on

Christmas, culminating in a home game against Golden State on

Tuesday.

“What I was telling the team is that he brings a certain

physical presence to our game,” Jackson said. “And we’ll miss

that part of his game.”