Indiana forward Ron Artest challenged San Antonio guard Bruce Bowen to a game of one-on-one for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award yesterday, a day after Spurs coach Gregg Popovich criticized Artest and Pacers coach Rick Carlisle.
"Tell his coach, 'Let's play one-on-one for the award,' " Artest said after practice. "I'll give it to him if he can beat me."
Popovich appeared Monday on a San Antonio radio station and said Bowen was more deserving of the award, which Artest won by a wide margin. Bowen finished fourth in the voting.