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Ringing in the new season

October 26, 2010 |  1:19 pm


The Lakers begin their championship defense Tuesday night against Houston, but not without one final look at last season.

They'll receive their championship rings at 7:10 p.m., 20 minutes before tipoff against the Rockets, though it'll be only a temporary possession for one player.

Ron Artest still plans to give away his ring and will offer $2 raffle tickets later this week on his website,, with a minimum purchase of five tickets.

"I was only disappointed because I heard the ring was going to be really big this year," Artest said. "I'm probably going to get a duplicate for my wife, but the original, the first one that we get as a team, is going up [for raffle]."

Artest went on to say that auctioning off the ring outweighed the benefit of keeping it. He plans on donating funds from the raffle to a pair of undisclosed mental-health causes.

TNT has exclusive rights to broadcast Tuesday night's game and plans to carry the ceremony live, with the pregame show starting at 7 p.m.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Coach Phil Jackson pose with the NBA championship trophy during media day. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images