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Thriller Ron might be gone, but there's video evidence to the contrary

August 31, 2010 |  2:30 am

Most of you have probably heard by now that Lakers forward Ron Artest has changed to jersey No. 15. That's right, his ode to Michael Jackson -- wearing No. 37 in honor of "Thriller" being No. 1 on the charts for 37 weeks -- lasted one season. Well, one very important championship season, mind you.

Although some were thrilled when Artest joined the Lakers' ranks, bringing hard-nosed defense, a supernatural intensity and at times otherworldly three-point shooting, many thought keeping Trevor Ariza might be better in the long run. And in the short term for team chemistry. Although time will tell if Artest wears out his welcome or his usefulness, such as getting into Twitter wars or missing a vast majority of his long-range shots, the Lakers have him to thank, in part, for another championship and some thrilling highlights.

So, in homage to Ron-Ron, MJ (the original, not Logoman 23) and the wonders of video editing and YouTube, I bring you "Thriller Ron," a video put together by a friend of mine, Matt Shaffer. He posted it during the NBA Finals in the spring. Some of you might have seen it. If so, I hope you enjoy it the second time around. For the rest of you Laker-holics, experience the transformation:

-- Dan Loumena

FYI: The video can easily be found on YouTube by searching for "Thriller Ron."