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Report: Ron Artest questionable for Tuesday's game against Wizards

January 25, 2010 |  2:51 pm

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Lakers forward Ron Artest missed the White House ceremony today honoring the team's 2009 championship because of flu-like symptoms, the Orange County Register is reporting.

Although Artest was with the Houston Rockets last season, he still planned on attending the festivities until this morning. The O.C. Register report says Artest was vomiting during the team's practice.

He was reported as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Washington Wizards.

Artest has had several injuries so far this season. First was the Christmas night concussion that sidelined him for five games. Although Artest hasn't missed time since his return, he has also played with an injured right index finger and with plantar fasciitis in both feet. The latter issue has hindered his defense and is something Coach Phil Jackson suggested has to do with his shoes

Artest endorses Peak, a Chinese shoe company, and has since said via Twitter that Jackson's claim "has no evidence. I love my shoe company."

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest gets between Orlando's Vince Carter (15) and Dwight Howard for a layup. Credit: Allan Schaben / Los Angeles Times.


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