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Ron Artest launches raffle for championship ring on 'Larry King Live'

Ron Artest's website apparently drew so many visitors looking to buy raffle tickets for his 2010 championship ring that it crashed.

"We understand we've nearly crashed RonArtest.com," CNN host Larry King said to Artest, who appeared Wednesday on King's show. "So we're going to give you an alternate site. You can go to NetRaffle.org. That's NetRaffle.org. So we've crashed your site. ... We have destroyed your site. The site is exploding."

Replied Ron Ron: "Nobody destroys Ron Artest."

Someone is likely creating a T-shirt with that slogan in Artest's honor. It would make a great Christmas gift -- it could be Artest's trash-talking slogan for the Lakers' game with the Miami Heat that day. That game might include an interesting matchup between Artest and LeBron James, considering the Lakers' lock-down defender refused to rank James. Christmas Day is also the day Artest will determine the raffle winner. Beyond getting to wear Artest's ring, the winner receives some sweet prizes, including two seats to a Lakers game, a two-night stay at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills and more.

Artest stressed that the importance of the contest, which requires fans to purchase a minimum of five raffle tickets for $2 each through Artest's website, goes beyond who wins the Laker hardware.

"It's not about the money or how much money I can raise," Artest told King. "It's more about the message."

As Laker fans will recall, following a heroic performance in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Artest thanked his psychologist in a post-game interview and has since used his increased celebrity to talk about mental-health issues. Since then, he's been given the keys to the city of Las Vegas, had meetings with former President Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and spoken to students at Eastmont Intermediate School in Montabello about his own struggles growing up.

As Artest told King: "I had my first baby when I was 16 with my wife. We have been together for 17 years, since I was 14 years old. But I was transitioning, trying to become a father, NBA player. All this stuff is going, you know, through my mind. So any little thing that I didn't address at that time, I will hold it all in, hold it all in. Sometimes it would lead to experimenting with things that I should not experiment with, drinking a little bit too much alcohol, and trying to be an athlete, a world-class athlete, and drinking alcohol beverages and things like that. It just doesn't mix."

It's been a long road since then, and Artest was more than willing to share that journey with CNN's Thelma Gutierrez. In the video below, the two watched portions of Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals and traveled back to that dark moment six years ago where Artest drew a 73-game suspension for his involvement with the Malice at the Palace.

"As a kid, I had a bad temper," Artest told Gutierrez. "As an adult, I was a bad father, and I had to speak to somebody about that. ... Having someone to talk to is very important. And there's no shame in asking for help."

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THAT RING IS MINE!!!!! SIMPLE AS THAT!!! And when I win it what will I do with it. Come on, you already know that I will make Ron, Ron sign an agreement not to ever give away his Rings again and I will then give it back to him. No request for tickets or autographs or ISH. OH I will make one request, I will tell him when he see's Princess Jimmy....

a big mistake....

Love this, it's unique and generous. I think it totally fits with his persona which is great.

If I won the ring, I don't know what I would do with it. It's not like I could put it on display with the 2004 signed basketball I have. Here's my million dollar ring with a multi-million dollar bust.......UGH

And there has to be a catch. Do any of our accounting type folks know if there is an income tax implication to the winner???

Cheers - PLG

What a great story. Ron Ron has such a great heart, he's become such a key figure on the Lakers, it's only been a year, but I can't even imagine the Lakers without him. He brings so much to the team, even more than his lock-down defense and clutch plays, he brings a passion, a lovable wackiness and an off-beat flavor that is 2nd to none.

They say character is built, well Ron Ron has gone through so much, has lived so fully, that he has built remarkable character. I'm just so happy that he's wearing purple and gold, hope he never leaves and he retires as a Laker.

mamba, I'm rooting for you to win if that is what you will do. In fact, why don't all of us here on the blog pledge that if we win, we would do just that? If so I'm in.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

For a man to admit that he isn't the World's Greatest Father is huge. Simply huge. Its those little statements he makes, not the big ones, that lets me know his personal transformation is genuine. He is quickly rising among the ranks of my favorite Lakers. Very quickly.

--FEARless

mamba, I'm rooting for you to win if that is what you will do. In fact, why don't all of us here on the blog pledge that if we win, we would do just that? If so I'm in.
Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 28, 2010 at 08:29 AM
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And that is why Lakers Blog and Lakers Nation are the best Freakin Blog & Nation on Earth!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

"I specialize in things that can't be done" - Ron Artest: Champion.

Great lyrics to his song.

Fitting Rons persona, he makes the world a better place. Can you believe we need more people like Ron Artest? It's true.

I can't believe earlier this year I was yelling at my TV every time Ron made an ill advised shot, thinking, "what is he doing?"

And now I find myself nodding in agreement when he says, "Nobody destroys Ron Artest."

Come on Lakers!! Let's get this man another RING.

Moment of silence for the champions.

How much do you think that ring could sell for?

LRob / Lew / 63 / MS / JLF / music CRUE -


If you guys are anything like me (and I know that you are) you've been walking around in a HAZE the last few days after that awesome ring ceremony and opening night win wondering why in the hell does it take Friday so long to be here?? Why does it take so long before I get my next game day fix to soothe my Lakerholism?? And on that note, I give you my morning commute. And THIS Jimi ain't no princess!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnFSaqFzSO8

PLG,

Yes, there are taxes. As part of the award the taxes are paid directly by the sponsor, I think approx $12k +/- a few.

I also wondered what I would do with it.
I think Ron would want someone to enjoy having it so that's what I would do.

MAMBA24 ARTEST RING BANDWAGON . . .

CYBERCOMIX has made a brilliant suggestion regarding the grand, selfless gesture by MAMBA24. What if all of us here bought at least $10 raffle tickets. Then agreed in a blogcommunity pact with one another, that if any of us win the ring, we give it back to Ron with the conditions set forth by MAMBA24. IT IS A BRILLIANT IDEA!

Think of all the positive attributes of it. Supporting a good cause. Giving back to the man (Ron) who we are growing to love so much because of what HE gives to others. Supporting our own "heart of the blog" MAMBA24 in such a great gesture. Not to mention the personal joy and excitement that would accompany acutally winning the thing!

MAMBA24 has led us on countless, Laker-loyalty-inspiring quests. His spirit is bigger than his individual identity. We are all better because of him.

Ron Artest has outgrown his mistakes and blunders. His maturity and giving spirit is bigger than his individual identity. We are all blessed because of him.

Great idea CyberCosmiX! Can we get the Bandwagon going? Can we share the joy? Is it really all about the love? This is what we play for, right?!?

Mike

I love Ron and everything he's doing, but am I alone in being troubled that this is a Massachusetts-based company doing the raffling?

Justa, any new word on Rick Friedman?


@LakerMike: I hope you're able to read this. I would like to bury the hatchet with you, sir. When you joined the Family last fall, you took great issue with my Game Day Prayers - feeling that they were inappropriate. And, no doubt, watching me go hard and merciless on the legion of trolls invading our space has probably made you question the legitimacy of my faith. The good people of this family "appointed" me Chaplain, but you are greater than I, sir. You are in the field, doing the real work of ministering the Gospel to all of mankind. I respect you and I hope that you will accept me as a brother in the Lord and a brother in this Lakers Blog Family.

I also wondered what I would do with it.
I think Ron would want someone to enjoy having it so that's what I would do. Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | October 28, 2010 at 08:58 AM
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WELL...At least you're honest!!! ROTFLMAO!!! STOP THAT!! Come on bro. this is for the team. You give back the Ring and #17 will be guaranteed. Shoot you will probably be on all the news shows for giving it back. Plus...You'll probably have your own Groupies!!! LMAO!!!


I love Ron and everything he's doing, but am I alone in being troubled that this is a Massachusetts-based company doing the raffling? Posted by: htj | October 28, 2010 at 09:07 AM
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LMAO!!!! HTJ, don't start no ISH up in here! LOL!

@MM... When every article is superb and in tune with blog-sync-think, it’s easy to take you for granted. You’ve set such a high standard that we have now come to expect nothing but pure excellence from you. No doubt that Lamar Odom is lined up to have a career year, finally playing with the fire and consistency we have all seen up to now in just spurts or streaks. Ironically, I attribute this sudden maturity and seriousness to his marriage to Khloe Kardashian. I predicted last year that this might be the result. I am thrilled that it really appears that matrimony has had the desired result. Great for Lamar and Khloe.
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@PHRED... Congrats on finding a country song about cats. LOL. Ironically, I think I ran the exact same Google search as you did. More ironically, I just watched a rerun of Walk the Line last night. I remain totally amazed at Joaquin Phoenix singing just like Johnny Cash. As for Bynum coming off the bench, that would probably seal the bench nickname as the Killer B’s but I think we saw that defensively we need Drew in the post although Pau did fine against an off-kilter Yao Ming. Keep the love rolling, phred.
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I thought your comments about Rick and the blog profiles were interesting. I had some trepidation about sending in my profile much as I do about FaceBook and LinkedIn as well as the whole social media scene. Frankly, I’ve always preferred to be off the grid if you will. Not that I’m an outlaw or anything but I have lived on the edge in many ways as most of you might guess based on my recreational drug preferences. For me it was the opportunity to brag about my grandkids that led me to submit my profile. Bottom line, we already know who you are, phred, from the countless comments you’ve posted. So why not take the next logical step and submit your profile. You can still hide what you want to hide and share what you want to share but I think the end result is that it helps build the bond that keeps us all coming back here. Anyway, just my opinion of course but one from somebody who normally prefers anonymity.
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@HOBBITMAGE... I just wanted to say that I hope you are still not holding a grudge from our prior spats and that I hope that is not the reason that you are not posting much anymore. We may disagree on many issues but I have to think if we were to sit down and review what we thought player by player that we might find we had a lot more in common than either of us would ever guess. The last thing I would ever want is to feel that you were not posting out of anger at me. We both are fighters who won’t back down but that does not mean that we cannot peacefully co-exist when we have the Lakers best interests in common. So looking to hear from you as we embark on what will be a season for the ages. Peace, brother.
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CCX... “Yes, it's only one game, but didn't LakerTom and myself point out that the meat has a roster that wasn't assembled properly around the 'big 2/medium 1'? Didn't we say that Riley was getting too many props but didn't do enough to shore up their bigs, bringing in big-bodies but not enough skill at the position? Didn't we also point out that PG would be a problem-position for them? Rondo pointed out just how to attack that team. Only one game, but the C's showed teams the blueprint on how to attack them.”
LOL. Yes, we did, Mike. It was also interesting to see the TNT boys basically agree with us.
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TOM

So guys - anyone designing the "Nobody destroys Ron Artest" T-shirt?

And now a shout out to Ron Artest - Champion. Not only of the NBA but of life.


"No one destroys Ron Artest" - I think that speaks volumes about this man. He's a survivor of the very best kind, because he's been able to overcome and exceed all expectations - all that is, except for his own. It appears he's always had great expectations of himself. We are all just now coming to know that.


I love Ron and what he brings, not only to the game, but what he brings to humanity. Who knows how many kids, families and lives he will touch because of this truly remarkable sacrifice. The ring may be 'the thing', but you Mr. Artest are king.

MAMBA24 has led us on countless, Laker-loyalty-inspiring quests. His spirit is bigger than his individual identity. We are all better because of him. Ron Artest has outgrown his mistakes and blunders. His maturity and giving spirit is bigger than his individual identity. We are all blessed because of him. Great idea CyberCosmiX! Can we get the Bandwagon going? Can we share the joy? Is it really all about the love? This is what we play for, right?!?
Mike Posted by: LakerMike | October 28, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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LMAO!! I demand that you stop this immediately. Because Mamba24 is a lunatic does not mean everybody else has to be one. ISH!! That Ring is worth a lot of money and some people need that money. So each of you first look in your hearts and see if you can do it for Ron Ron. Then ask your spouse and after they finish going upside your head get back to me.

I'm in. If I win the ring Ron gets it back (with the few exceptions so noted). LOL!!

justanothermambafan - Jimi, like the Lakers... always great.

LRob - I met the Pretenders in a bar in London while they were recording Stop Your Sobbing with Nick Lowe producing (Pete Farndon tried to hustle me at darts for a round of drinks, and I mopped the floor with him - got invited to the studio later to hear playback). Have been in love with Chrissie Hynde ever since. She is God.

I'm gettin' raffle tickets! Don't need to win the ring, just a worthy cause.

MM -

I've got an idea, and an artist lined up. I've also got a few other ideas for Laker shirts to wear to the Christmas Day game.

You want in on the action? lol

@JUSTA... Wow...Purple Haze from the real Jimi. Just smoked some of that during the season opener and it was sweet. Guess that means I will have to do the same during every game this year. Loved how the Texas Rangers announcers went berserk when they saw Giants fans smoking some weed at AT&T. As a Yankees fan, I used to join scores of A’s fans in the back hallways of the Oakland Coliseum enjoying a toke.
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TOM

I love Ron and what he brings, not only to the game, but what he brings to humanity. Who knows how many kids, families and lives he will touch because of this truly remarkable sacrifice. The ring may be 'the thing', but you Mr. Artest are king. Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 28, 2010 at 09:13 AM
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*sniff* *sniff* That was so beautiful that I must say...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!!!! KUDOS!!! Carry On.

I wrote to Ron on his website a few days ago commending him on his action and told him that if I won it, that I would simply put it back up for auction and donate the $.

And why not? If this ring is going to benefit others, why not keep it rolling?

Edwin- A good response to MVP888, I thought, but really you just took advantage of him mentioning you to take umbrage at something he does in general.

Posted by: phred | October 28, 2010 at 12:16 AM
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Which is what, sir? Having strong opinions? First of all, I apologized to Edwin because I misunderstood what he said. Secondly, I'm sorry you have a problem with a blogger who takes exception with others' opinions. Isn't that what the blogosphere is all about? I respect Edwin's posts, however, I thought he was re-visiting the issue of Bynum not going immediately under the knife after Game 7. Pardon me for having an opinion about that. Instead of talking to Edwin about this, because I already addressed it with him, why didn't you simply direct your thoughts to me? I am obviously happy to respond to them. I am also happy to discuss your blogging style and what you do in general.

Im not sure ill be able to return that ring to ron. Imagine being able to say that i have 1 more ring than lebron?

Anybody else concerned about Theo Ratliff's health and the need for another back-up center, if he goes down?

John - I like the "pay it forward" idea of rolling the ring over and over. I'll give that a try WHEN I win. (Oh, wait, it's not about the winning, it's about the charity. Too bad suckah's, I've just gotten my raffle tickets, and, like the Lakers, IT'S WINNIN' TIME!)

Cali - I'm up for a t-shirt.

Mamba,

No, I would not attempt to give the Ring back.
If you tried, I don't think Ron would take it.

I think it's more important to allow Ron to do a good, selfless deed to benefit a cause. If he got the Ring back that defeats the purpose.

He clearly wants to give this Ring away, it's what HE wants to do.
Why not respect what he wants?

And besides, he is having another one made.

Really, I think that's what Ron would want the winner to do, to enjoy the Ring and the experience. To feel like a winner.

He is giving all the "average Joe's" out there a chance to own a Lakers Championship Ring. It's a great act he is performing.

To some folks, giving a gift is better to them than receiving one, and if the recipient refused to accept it that may be considered an insult to the giver.

I would just enjoy having it, as well as enjoy the 2 free night stay at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, the 2 "good" seats to a Laker game and the other niceties that go along with the winning raffle ticket.


I want in on the "Nobody Destroys Ron Artest" t-shirt action! Classic. I also like, "I Specialize in Things That Can't Be Done". Thriller is very quickly becoming my favorite Laker personality.

@ utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER

Wow, I think you have mistaken somebody else's comments for mine! I completely support your gameday (and many other) prayers offered here! I respect you. I identify with you. I admire you.

I feel badly that you have suffered with some negative feelings towards me for awhile. And I appreciate your heartfelt apology. For what is worth, IF I had been the one to criticize you, your sincere gesture today would certainly have gotten my attention!

So for the record, I have always applauded your prayers and will continue to support you brother! I DO NOT QUESTION THE LEGITMACY OF YOUR FAITH! In fact, I admire your boldness. (And for the trolls, carry on the good work my friend!)

Mike

Art - FL Laker Fan - I concur, agree, think you're right. It does defeat the purpose to give the ring back, sending a message that one can "have their cake and eat it too," which is not what sacrificing for a greater cause should be about.

63 Footer -

I'll make sure to keep you updated on the progress, but I am really hoping to get something churned out before the Christmas Day game.

The artist that I know is also a professor (who is going on the job market this year), so I'll try to get him to commit as much time as he can.

The T-Shirts should be pretty tight (if I can accurately translate the vision in my mind to an actual shirt).

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IF YOU WIN , GIVE THE RING BACK TO RON AGAIN – BANDWAGON
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(01) CYBERCOSMIX - OWNER - Why don't all of us here on the blog pledge that if we win, we
would do just that? If so I'm in.
(02) LAKER MIKE – DRIVER - Can we get the Bandwagon going? Can we share the joy? Is it
really all about the love? This is what we play for, right?!?
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - I'm in. If I win the ring Ron gets
it back (with the few exceptions so noted). LOL
(04) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - when I win it what will I do with it. Come on, you
already know that I will make Ron, Ron sign an agreement not to ever give away his Rings
again and I will then give it back to him. No request for tickets or autographs or ISH. OH I
will make one request, I will tell him when he see's Princess Jimmy....

Cali - "The T-Shirts should be pretty tight (if I can accurately translate the vision in my mind to an actual shirt)."

"Luxury! We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of 'ot gravel, work twenty hours a day at the mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!"

JUSTA

please tell Rick that a bottle of vodka and some Peet's coffee is waiting for him!!!!!!!!!!

[sarcasm font] - ask him if his condition is a Farmar-partum disorder. (j/k)

I will not be as generous as MAMBA24 and I can only have 1/2 of the decision.

Here is my 1/2. If I win the ring, I will hold the ring for 365 days and if Lakers win the championship in 2011, I will give back it to Ron to have another round of raffle.

My favorite Lakers players: Lamar, Ron, Paul, and Kobe. However I'd like them to send this message to the young fans everytime they meet them, "School's first and BB's second. Finish your homework and then watch NBA or play BB".

Pete Farndon tried to hustle me at darts for a round of drinks, and I mopped the floor with him -
Posted by: 63 Footer | October 28, 2010 at 09:19 AM
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Just curious why you had to mop the floors, was the bar short of help?

Rdlee,

I'm very concerned about our depth in the frontcourt. Looking at the other contender, the Celtics, they have KG, Big Baby, Perkins, Shaq, Jermaine O'neal, and they might end up getting Rasheed back. That will be nothing nice for our frontcourt to deal with. Caracter will have to play big for us when we face the C's.

Go Lakers!

I am officially starting the "Give Ron Artest Back His Ring Bandwagon!"
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I will buy raffle tickets and if I do win Ron Artest's ring. I will proudly give it back to him in exchange for a day hanging out with him at Magic Mountain.
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GIVE RON ARTEST HIS RING BACK!
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Art - FL Laker Fan - "Just curious why you had to mop the floors, was the bar short of help?"

I'm not even going to let you see my ring when I win it.

Thanks LakerMike.


We play the Butlers tomorrow. Where is the little tyke?

Cali - T-Shirt??? COUNT ME IN!!!!

qs - OMG that was funny!!

"I've got one more ring than the princess..."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

Rdlee,

I'm not real concerned about the Celts as long as we have a healthy team which of course includes Drew.

Noticed against the Heat the Celts almost let it get away in the 4th quarter, then in thier 2nd game against the lowly Cavs they lost the game by being unable to do anything again in the 4th quarter, scoring only 14.

Last year I think they were one of the worst teams in the league in the 4th quarter and it appears that trait is going to carry through this year too.
By the playoffs, they should be nicely worn out.

A healthy Lakers team will beat them, again.

63,

Ok, I apologize.
I'm sorry you had to mop floors.

I cannot think of anyone else that's been in the public eye who has literally done a 180 degree turn, for the better, in his/her life. Artest has gone from a complete lunatic, to an upstanding human being who thinks of other's welfare before his own. I was very skeptical at first of his turn around in a few short years, but he is literally proving myself and all of his other doubters wrong!

God bless Ron Artest and his family! He really is a TRUE WARRIOR!

NOBODY DESTROYS RON ARTEST!

Mamba24, please add me to the list.

Art - FL Laker Fan - too late! You will just have to imagine my ring before I auction off again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9_yhmyKk70

Notice the small print for the Ring raffle, the winner cannot sell the ring or give it away without permission.


"23. Except for Gifting the tickets, as provided for in Section 37 of these Official Rules, the Winner may not give, sell, or otherwise transfer his or her prizes to anyone else without the express written consent of the Celebrities For Charity Foundation."

*___________________________________________________________________*
IF YOU WIN , GIVE THE RING BACK TO RON AGAIN – BANDWAGON
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(01) CYBERCOSMIX - OWNER - Why don't all of us here on the blog pledge that if we win, we
would do just that? If so I'm in.
(02) JON K. CO/OWNER - I am officially starting the "Give Ron Artest Back His Ring Bandwagon!"
I will buy raffle tickets and if I do win Ron Artest's ring. I will proudly give it back to him in
exchange for a day hanging out with him at Magic Mountain. GIVE RON ARTEST HIS RING BACK!
(03) LAKER MIKE – DRIVER - Can we get the Bandwagon going? Can we share the joy? Is it
really all about the love? This is what we play for, right?!?
(04) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - I'm in. If I win the ring Ron gets
it back (with the few exceptions so noted). LOL
(05) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - when I win it what will I do with it. Come on, you
already know that I will make Ron, Ron sign an agreement not to ever give away his Rings
again and I will then give it back to him. No request for tickets or autographs or ISH. OH I
will make one request, I will tell him when he see's Princess Jimmy....
(06) MCLYNE – RING SECURITY - cannot think of anyone else that's been in the public eye
who has literally done a 180 degree turn, for the better, in his/her life. Artest has gone from a
complete lunatic, to an upstanding human being who thinks of other's welfare before his own.
I was very skeptical at first of his turn around in a few short years, but he is literally proving myself
and all of his other doubters wrong! God bless Ron Artest and his family! He really is a
TRUE WARRIOR! NOBODY DESTROYS RON ARTEST! Please add me to the list.

Art - FL Laker Fan - good eye. I bet they'd let you auction it off again for the same cause though.

Well I guess no DENSITY for me today.

I just bought 10 tickets.. my wife will not be too happy about it but I am a laker fan and I want a RING. lol!

Making the 2010 Lakers Championship Ring by Jason of Beverly Hills

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJMKYUurUR8&feature=player_embedded

Justa -

You're on my list now too. Again, not sure how the timeline is going to go, but I will try to make it as speedy as possible.

Give the ring back? I'd auction it off again and raise money for yet another charity. Maybe this ring can become the first ever perpetually-auctioned item in the history of auction items. Shoot, in the next five years, I'll bet that Ron's ring could raise $5M for various charities. The ring that keeps on giving!

There's no reason to give the ring back to Ron. He doesn't want it back. He wants a new ring, and he'll get it.

Go Lake Show!

@Laker Tom - Thanks for all the love. It's much appreciated

@Nobody_Destroys_Ron_Artest - LOL first there's already a handle for this? Anyway, I linked a blog post the other day about your question. Lakers' special assistant coach Rasheed Hazzard was overlooked in the ring ceremony

We also got a new post up

ANY ONE WNAT SOME OF THIS MONEY, IN IF YOU WANT SOME COME ON IN GET SOME

What's with the "shout outs" in the comment section? Don't any of you have jobs?

Good Morning Nation...very slammed this morning...This will be a post and run...

@Mamba24...I think I was the first to post about Ron Ron's ring...I said Tuesday I would buy 10 tickets, and if I won, I would return the ring to Ron...for a couple of courtside seats for the playoffs...Ron keeps his ring...Ron accomplishes his charity...and I represent at Staples...

@LRob...Don't want no mafia problems...here is my selection for today...dedicated to Ron Artest...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yGCHPmfqT0

@The Miami Cheat and The Princess...

"What should I do"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txlXcJDtDwM

"Rome wasn't built in a day"...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfNmyxV2Ncw

@justa...please keep us posted in the Rick F. situation...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!


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RICK FRIEDMAN THE LAKERS NATIONS PRAYERS & WISHES ARE WITH YOU - BAND WAGON
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RE: RICK FRIEDMAN
I have the unfortunate and unpleasant task of informing Laker Nation that our beloved friend and family member, Rick Friedman, is seriously ill and has been in the hospital for the past week and a
half, and will be residing there for awhile longer. He is having difficulty getting to the blog from his Blackberry, and so that's another reason why we haven't seen him around lately. He is currently receiving the world's best medical attention, and has a wonderful support system in place with family and friends. I spoke with him today and he is extremely upbeat and sounds good. (He watched the game last night and that helped LOL!) He can't handle a lot of emails and phone calls now, but I told him I'd keep in touch and convey any and all well-wishes from his second family here. Please post your thoughts, if you so desire, and I'll make sure he hears about it. God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.
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(01) JUSTANTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - . God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation
needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.
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02) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - Rick - I am sorry and saddened to hear the news regarding your
illness. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone here at the blog that we certainly miss your presence
here, but more importantly, wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. Mark Medina
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(03) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN – LET US PRAY Dear Lord, we seek You on behalf of our fellow Lakers Blog Patriarch Rick Friedman. We ask You Lord to usher him into full recovery. We ask You to take every broken place in his body and mend it. We ask You to clear out every toxin in his bloodstream and make it pure. We ask you to reveal Yourself as HEALER in Rick's life. Use the doctors to correctly diagnose the issues and to fix them. May he feel the love and encouragement from his Lakers Blog family radiating through his system. May he receive the love, comfort and encouragement from his immediate family above all else. I thank You personally for allowing me to meet him face to face.Thank You for his humility. Thank You for his spirit. You have truly made Rick Friedman THE MAN.And we boldly ask You to bring him back to us. Safe and sound and ready to unite with us as we pray and encourage our Lakers into that mighty 3-Peat. We thank You for answered prayer. Most of all, we thank You for Rick being part of our lives. AMEN!
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(04) ZAIRA – BLOG GODDESS - I was meant to start by congratulate multiple RCOTD winners Justa sweetie and LRob, but the Rick's news Justa brought made me change it all. Please Justa send him my greatest well-wishing and open care. I was wondering what did happen to him yesterday in chat and somehow I was feeling the only thing that could have prevented him from HERE and us could have
been of a healthy kind. Mr. Rick Friedman is dear to my heart; he has been the very first person try
to reach for me out of the blog and he's one of the most smart and passionate persons I have ever
come across. And I don't just mean in the online people category. We all want him well and back soon.
I will think of him daily until everything is fine again.
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(05) BENJAMIN – FAMILY MEMBER - Please add me to the Rick Friedman bandwagon. I'm actually family so I've gotten in touch with him a bit and he's one of our most enjoyable family members (and not just by being here on the Lakers blog). In good news, there's a possibility he's out of the hospital in a few days
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(06) PHRED – THE LOVE - Not good to hear about Rick Friedman. Thanks though, justa, for letting us know. I hope we can keep up on his condition, and I hope way more that he will make a full recovery. Not sure what I can do, but whatever I can, I will. Put me on the ‘Get well, and get posting more RCOTDs soon, Rick’ bandwagon post haste. THE LOVE and the love of all of us are both here by your
side, Rick. Although we really do look for and appreciate the comments by the people we know on the blog, we really don’t know anything about them. We don’t know them personally, we don’t know their families, and if something happened to them and they stopped posting comments here, we might never hear from them again. Tonight, I’m just thankful that at least some of us know a little bit about one of us. I’m thankful that justanothermambafan has heard something about Rick Friedman, and that she has been able to share with us at least some idea of what has happened to our friend. And at least tonight, I have no doubt that we feel nothing but love for Rick and we are glad that we know him. I hope that this can reach him, and while I am scared for Rick, I really am feeling the love for everybody here on the blog. Ok, i have to go to bed now, but I want (and appreciate) Rick Friedman updates as soon as they are available. Justa, if you read this, please let Rick know (don't disturb him though) that phred and THE LOVE are here for him.
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(07) LROB – CO/DRIVER - Justa - please pass along my get well wishes and prayers to Rick Friedman. Thanks for sharing that info.
(08) CALIPHILOSOPHER – DRIVER -Put me on the "Get Well Rick Friedman Soon" bandwagon. I would be very appreciative, and would like to show my support (however I can) to one of the blog's finest.
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(10) EDWIN GUECO – RIDING SHOTGUN - Rick F, we'll be praying for your immediate recovery. Hang in there
(11) CAP’S GOOGLES - Rick Friedman: you have my prayers my blog brother. You, Mamba, and Edwin were the first ones to welcome me to the blog and I send good juju, karma, energy or anything I got to your well being. Get well!
(12) BRONXLAKERFAN - Get well soon, Rick Friedman!!
(13) LAKERMIKE - RICK FRIEDMAN ...On behalf of your extended family here at the LakerBlog, we pray that you will experience rest and healing in the days ahead. Your contributions here have endeared you to our hearts. Get well soon. Mike
(14) 63 FOOTER - justanothermambafan - please send my good thoughts and best wishes to Rick. Get better and come back soon!
(15) LAKERTOM - JUSTA... Thanks for the sad news about our good blog friend Rick. He will definitely be in our prayers every day until he gets well. Thank God he was able to watch the game. The healing powers of the Lakers and the Lakers Blog can only help Rick. Mamba, please put me at top of the Get Well Rick Bandwagon. Rick is one of our longtime original bloggers who deserves unanimous love and support from all of us. Get well, Rick. You are everything that is great about this blog. God bless you and your family.
(16) IHEARTKB24 - Rick Friedman - I'm sending you healing thoughts...Get well soon!!!
(17) LAKERLASS – Get well soon Rick!
(18) D(EREK) J(ETER) - To Rick, Get well soon my friend, we all need you healthy for yourself, your family and LakerUniverse! Our prayers are sent for you!
(19) KOBEMVP888 - I echo brother Edwin's sentiments. So saddened to here this. This is very sad news. I will pray for him and may he have a speedy recovery.
(20) LAKESHOWINPHX - Get Well Rick! the Lakers bretheren is wishing you a speedy recovery! Lakeshowinphx
(21) JOLLY RANCHER - Rick F - Do what Nurse Ratchet says and get back here soon. This season is going to be too fun to miss. (hospitals never have the right channels).
(22) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Rick F, Your posts on the blog are intelligent and well reasoned. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts when you are able. Best wishes.
(23) PATRICKHENREYPRESS - Get well soon, Rick!
(24) NEWMEXICOLL - Rick Friedman... Prayers go out to you and your family.
(25) MAMBA24 – Get well soon Rik. The Blog needs all the Class it can get sir. You have The Lakers Blog and The Lakers Nations prayers.
(26) JEFE101 - Very sorry to hear that Rick is not well - best wishes for a speedy recovery
(27) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - RICK F!!! Prayers out friend. We can't wait to have your wisdom, wit and best in class words back on the blog. But in the meantime, your extended LAT blog fam has your back. Feel the spirit - we are with you! PLG
(28) HTJ - Please add me to the Rick bandwagon. Get well soon Rick! The Friedman award ain't the same without you.
(29) TOM DANIELS - RICK FRIEDMAN, I always love your posts, and your creative blog handle, so my selfish wish is for your health. But more importantly, I wish you health for you and your family and your real life out there. We are all behind you here.
(30) ALLNET - Rick Friedman, may you get well soon. And a reminder to us all: there ARE some things more important than basketball (this being one of them).
(31) 2PHATT - Sign me up for Rick bandwagon" A True SUPERSTAR" get well soon.
(32) LAKERJ - A thought, a prayer and the best of wishes to Rick Friedman.
(33) JAMIE SWEET - Rick, get well, find strength in the love expressed frmo your family and friends and from everyone here on the Blog who has shared in your insights. Besides, the Laker season is best enjoyed in good health!
(34) JON K - Rick Friedman, - Man, I'm sorry you are ill. You are in our prayers.
(35) EASTCOASTJESSIE – Get Well soon Rick!
(36) MCLYNE – I couldn't have said a better prayer for Rick. So, I'll just say my prayers are with you, Rick and .AMEN as well.
(37) NBA4EVER - The great blogger Rick please get well soon! GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(38) CHICNSTU - Please add me also.. Rick you are missed here at the blog. Get well soon Sir.
(39) LEWSTRS - Rick Friedman -I'm sorry to hear the new of your illness...Please know that your are in our thoughts and prayers...Get well soon and come back...otherwise we will have to call the RCOTD award...the 'justanothermambafan award'...
(40) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Rick my prayers are with you, be strong my brother.
(41) LAKERSUNSHINE - Rick, get well soon. I love to read your posts, and look forward to reading many more
(42) PURPLE HEART - please add me to the RF recovery bandwagon. Rick, may God's healing hand touch you and restore your body to tremendous health. Keep the faith!!
(43) MUD - i didn't see the Rick Freidman message, i wish him the best...
(44) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – THE SHERIFF - Here's wishing Rick Friedman a speedy recovery. Dude's always on point with his posts, and never starts no 'ish. So here's wishing he gets no 'ish from the doctors and walks out of the hospital on point with a smile on his face.
(45) DAN THE MAN - Get well brother, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
(46) CYBERCOSMIX - RICK FRIEDMAN: Hang in there my man! I hope the Lakers can bring you enough inspiration to pull you through! All of us please say a prayer for Rick, pray for a speedy recovery and let him have the strength to battle off his illness. Let us all pull together and pool our good thoughts for Rick - get well soon!
(47) THE ACTIVATOR – JUSTA please tell Rick that a bottle of vodka and some Peet's coffee is waiting for him!!!!!!!!!! [sarcasm font] - ask him if his condition is a Farmar-partum disorder. (j/k)
(48) YELLOWFEVER - Pls send my best wishes to the ricker on a speedy recovery

I really want to join the bandwagon and give Artest back his ring. But, if I won it, I couldn't. You see, I'm in a house that is horribly underwater and the only reason it hasn't been foreclosed is that my lender is imposing its own moratorium on foreclosures. That ring costs more than my house. It would neatly pay off all of my debts.

Maybe, what I'd do is put it up for auction on eBay, with a reserve that is the balance of my mortgage. That way, if the bidding doesn't go high enough, I would know it was a sign that I should give the ring back. But, if the bidding went high enough, it would mean financial security for my family (since my mortgage is by far my largest expense).

Sorry, fellow bloggers, but I'd have to put my family first.

--FEARless

PS: I would cry, however, when it sold.

To Rick Friedman,

You are undoubtedly one of the brightest and most thoughtful of all the bloggers here. You are a part of our collective intelligence and our collective soul. You are very much necessary to the overall health of our little community.

Get well, soon, my friend. You are in my prayers, my family's prayers and the prayers of my church.

I will think of you,
--FEARless

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RICK FRIEDMAN THE LAKERS NATIONS PRAYERS & WISHES ARE WITH YOU - BAND WAGON
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(01) JUSTANTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - . God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation
needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.
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02) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - Rick - I am sorry and saddened to hear the news regarding your
illness. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone here at the blog that we certainly miss your presence
here, but more importantly, wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. Mark Medina
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(49) FEARLESS - To Rick Friedman,You are undoubtedly one of the brightest and most thoughtful of all the bloggers here. You are a part of our collective intelligence and our collective soul. You are very much necessary to the overall health of our little community.Get well, soon, my friend. You are in my prayers, my family's prayers and the prayers of my church.I will think of you,--FEARless
(50) TROYB - Hey guys, I've been gone for a while and thought it would be too much to try to catch up. I might have to go back though to see what happened to Rick. Some kind of health problem? Well my prayers go out to you Rick, I sincerely hope you're up and well soon.

Fearless, I heard you on that. I'm in the same boat.

Get well soon Rick Friedman.

Go Lakers!


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