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Ron Artest says he's can't afford a gift for Lamar Odom's one-year anniversary with Khloe Kardashian

September 28, 2010 |  5:00 pm

Lakers forward Ron Artest offered a sincere apology he didn't give a gift to Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian for their one-year anniversary. But the reason didn't seem rooted in forgetfulness. Let's just say Artest is trying to manage his finances in a rough economy.

"Their gifts are expensive," Artest said after Tuesday's practice. "Every time I turn around, they got cars and diamonds. I just can't compete."

Apparently. Odom threw a surprise party to commemorate all the memories over the couple's one-year anniversary Monday. It was a year that featured plenty of reality TV, Odom's role in winning an NBA title and a FIBA world championship and plans to launch a unisex perfume.

It was cool," Odom said of the party. "My wife threw me one for my birthday, so I returned the favor on our anniversary.

I remarked to Artest that he could have looked for discounted items, considering so many businesses are struggling. But Artest surely knows Odom's wife too well.

"No sales," Artest said. "Khloe's not taking any sales."

-- Mark Medina

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