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Ron Artest tweets he may give away his a second NBA ring (assuming he gets one)

October 11, 2010 | 12:30 pm

54469036There have been plenty of signs that Ron Artest feels confident the Lakers will return and win in the NBA Finals this season.

He's expressed little concern that he might regret auctioning off his championship ring once he receives it on opening night, Oct. 26 against Houston, saying the funds will go toward mental-health causes and that he will have even more motivation to win another ring.

After practice Saturday he said he'd like to drop down to 245 pounds once the playoffs started but worried about having to bulk up again once he matched up with the Miami Heat's LeBron James in the NBA Finals.

And he's asking fans via Twitter to write an essay on how they could make America better, with the winner earning Artest's second ring.

If you are inclined to enter the contest, feel free to send your essays to Artest at his Twitter account, RONARTESCOM. But I'm sure there are a number of you who would rather Artest keep the ring. After all, he earned it, and it's possible he'd regret giving it away no matter the good intentions. So feel free to use this forum to enter your essay, to give Artest your two cents on whether the giveaway is a good idea or to tell what you would do with the ring if you won the contest.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: A happy Ron Artest holds his team's championship trophy before the Lakers victory parade in June. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times