NBA Most Improved Player:
Pacers still looking the other way

Updated: April 3, 2003, 12:27 PM ET
By By Terry Brown
Used to be that Ron Artest was better seen rather than heard.

Now, I can't even bear to look much less listen to his coach make excuses for his boorish, boyish, bullish behavior.

Last year, as a Chicago Bull, he averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.7 steals and 0.8 blocks per game on 43 percent shooting as a hard-working middle of the first round draft pick who had already been named to the All Rookie Second Team, but was more than willing to work his fingers to the bone and then literally break a couple of them to get better.