Caught in the Web: Ron Artest raising awareness on mental health issues
-- The Times' Bill Plaschke expresses admiration for Lakers forward Ron Artest speaking out on mental health issues. Plaschke also highlights the uncertainty on whether Artest will really auction away his championship ring.
-- The Times' Mark Heisler reports that the Sacramento County district attorney will decide whether to file charges against Lakers forward Matt Barnes, who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence. Heisler also notes the contention by Gloria Govan, Barnes' fiancee, that he didn't physically abuse her.
-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains how Artest benefited from seeking anger-management counseling.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions that Lakers radio play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes will work his first NFL on CBS broadcast Sunday when he calls the Browns-Buccaneers game.
-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper expresses skepticism that Byron Scott would become the next Lakers coach.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky jokes that Kobe Bryant should donate part of his salary to him.
-- Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby loves Artest's plan to auction off his championship ring.
-- Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum highlights the drama in Team USA's 89-79 quarterfinal victory over Russia in the FIBA World Championships
-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark gives his 2 cents about Barnes' arrest and debates whether morality has a place in sports.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a detailed Q&A with Lakers forward Luke Walton.
-- Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson determines whether the Lakers should worry about the Chicago Bulls next season.
Tweet of the Day: "Errrrr got my license finally after 938362829984 tries lol. Na should I get BMW, Lexus, or hell anything wit 4 wheels lol" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)
Reader Comment of the Day: "We may never know what happened. That said, it seems like something did and if these 2 are going to stay together it would appear they could both benefit by some marriage or family counselling. They've got to learn how to handle stress in a healthy way - especially if they're going to teach their children how to be healthy adults. It's not easy admitting you need help, but everyone does at some point in their lives. The trick is to recognize it and get it as soon as you can. I hope this man and his family work their issues out. It's more important than anything - including playing for the Lakers." -- justanothermambafan
Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest is introduced at Eastmont Intermediate School, where he spoke to students about the mental health issues he has dealt with since age 13. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times