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Caught in the Web: Ron Artest to auction off championship ring for charity

September 9, 2010 | 10:54 am

51190715's Scott Howard-Cooper reports that Lakers forward Ron Artest plans to auction off his championship ring. He then plans to use those funds to help pay for school costs for aspiring psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists. This is awesome in so many ways. It speaks to Artest's randomness. It speaks to his genuine efforts in restoring his reputation. And it speaks for a good cause. I'd be interested in hearing from fans how much they'd be willing to spend to get Artest's 2010 ring.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Artest's explanation for getting pulled over in a mini-racecar.

--The Associated Press reports that Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss and former Lakers forward Tommy Hawkins will attend a ceremony in Iowa on Sunday for a basketball court dedication 50 years after the team's emergency landing in the town of Carroll.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding outlines the many concerns the Lakers and their fans should have over Matt Barnes' arrest.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky wonders how many games the Lakers will win this season.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski lists the top story lines heading into the Lakers' season.

--Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson compares the team's roster to various TV shows.

Tweet of the Day: "DON'T LET YOUR EARS WITNESS, WHAT YOUR EYES DIDN'T SEE!!!" -- matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)

Reader Comment of the Day:"Ok, some free advice to Matt Barnes; Don't tweet about an impending criminal case. -- phred in reaction to Barnes' arrest.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest plans to auction off his championship ring for charity. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times