According to a report from ESPN’s Bill Simmons, the Houston Rockets attempted to cover up much of Ron Artest’s unique behavior during the 2008-09 season.
ESPN: Artest nearly missed Game 7 of their series against the Lakers.
Artest missed the first two team buses (the ones for players, coaches and team personnel) from Houston’s hotel to the Staples Center and barely made the third and final bus, which was reserved for business staff, sponsors and friends of the team. These stunned people watched Artest sprint to the bus right before it left, jump on and take one of the remaining seats … yes, wearing only his underwear. Owner Leslie Alexander happened to be sitting on the bus and witnessed the whole thing. And you wonder why the Houston Rockets didn’t make any effort whatsoever to bring back Artest.