Artest takes 500 shots; cast on non-shooting hand

Updated: February 24, 2004, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Wearing a cast on his non-shooting hand, Ron Artest took nearly 500 shots as he returned to practice with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

Left thumb surgery will likely keep Artest out of most of the Pacers' remaining 26 regular season games, but the forward was cleared to take part in workouts.

Artest and team officials have refused to set a timetable for his return from surgery to repair torn ligaments. Artest's surgeon told him to wait 72 hours after his Thursday ...

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