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Lakers forward Ron Artest declines to explain reasoning he won't participate in free-throw contest at Fan Jam

March 20, 2010 | 12:30 pm

Those looking for an explanation from Lakers forward Ron Artest on why he won't participate in Saturday’s world-record free-throw attempt at the Lakers' Fan Jam will be hard-pressed to find one. See the video below.

Lakers guard Shannon Brown will replace Artest, teaming with Lamar Odom to attempt to break the Guinness Book of World for free throws made by a pair in one minute.  A reason has been given.  It's due to Artest's sprained left thumb, according to Lakers spokesman John Black. In the video, Artest wouldn't confirm that. 

The audio didn't pick this up, but one reporter asked Odom what he thought of the switch. Odom, whose locker is next to Artest, had a pretty laid-back attitude, and Artest joked that the media was trying to stir up division within the locker room. Nonetheless, Artest is excited to at least attend the event.

-- Mark Medina

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