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What should Ron Artest do with the key to Las Vegas?

When Ron Artest learned he'd be given the keys to the city in Las Vegas Tuesday, he wondered if he could hand off the award either to Kobe Bryant or Derek Fisher for obvious reasons: "They got five rings."

But Artest's award goes beyond his success on the basketball court. He's earning recognition at the Mirage Hotel for his charitable efforts regarding mental health issues. That includes his work with Xcel University, which works with community centers and schools to identify high-risk students, and the Mental Health in Schools Act, which would provide $200 million in grant funding to support mental health issues should it pass Congress when it's reintroduced in February 2011.

So Artest will bask in the award and appreciate all the recognition. The only question: What will he do with key to the city?

"I'll probably just walk in everybody's home," Artest said after practice Tuesday at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "I'll go to Floyd Mayweather's house first and put on some of his jewelry."

Or perhaps he will reach out Celine Dion, who Artest has thought would serve as a perfect duet partner. "After I get the key to Vegas, maybe now I'll do a song with her. Or maybe after she sees all the good things I've done, she'll do a song with me."

That's where I'm asking for your participation. What should Artest do with the key to Vegas? I'd create a poll, but the possibilities are really endless.

"I don't know what it means," Artest conceded. "Hopefully I get some free meals."

-- Mark Medina

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Every day that goes by finds me saying again and again how much I love Ron Artest. Strange - before he became a Laker, I never thought this would happen in a million years.

What should he do with the key? I like his idea of letting himself into everyone's house LOL! Can you just imagine that LEWSTRS??? LMAO!!! Just make sure you feed him, ok?

LMAO @ Ron Ron..."Hopefully I'll get some free meals..."

Tell Mayor Oscar to make sure the key is the master for all the casino vaults...

There is all the money you need for your need to sell the rings...

Yes I said 'rings' as in multiple...

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justa -

Ron Ron is welcome in my humble adobe any time...I know he quit bad I have an unopened bottle of

and justa -

I'm feeling you about Ron Ron...who knew right...

And yes I will feed our boy whatever he wants...hopefully he likes eggrolls, and Filipino BBQ...

Look for the big padlock that the key opens and took his secret prize.

What should Ron Artest do with the key to Las Vegas? That's easy, auction it off for charity, of course!

Ron Artest: livin' the dream.

He cracks me up!

Hi all!

Ron for governor - really think that might work!

Don't you guys/gals think we should see how the bench performs before they can don a cool nickname? That's like someone calling themselves the Machine and then bricking everything they throw up after a promising contract year...

That being said, really hoping the bench meets or exceeds expectations this year (including Sasha - hey, it's another contract year!).

Mr. Nano,

You must be beaming with pride for the forthcoming rescue of the 33 miners in the Chilean desert. The hated Americans are in the forefront in providing help in times of emergency.

cowtown - Sasha did NOT name himself the Machine. Joel and Stu did that for him. They need to be slapped for cursing him like that.... LOL!

BTW - I still like MM's Bench BOBB moniker....

lew - next time I'm in vegas I'm coming over for BBQ... yum!

justa -

You and Mr justa are welcome anytime...I have an impressive Vodka collection...but percocets...

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Does the new 2K Kobe commercial bother anyone else? I am surprised that Kobe agreed to promote a digital return of Jordan to the NBA. I can understand that Kobe respects what Jordan did for the game, but I thought that Kobe is trying to separate himself from Michael's legacy?

I know it's fake, but Kobe drafting Jordan to the Lakers? I hated Jordan whenever he stepped on the court against my beloved team. I especially hated him after he dominated us in the Finals circa 1991.

This commercial just doesn't sit right with me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Lew's in Vegas? I didn't know that. Next time I'm there, we'll have to meet for breakfast at Hash House A Go Go! I've been obsessed with that place ever since they were on Man Vs Food!

With Mark making all the car analogies yesterday, I think this one's the Kobe Bryant of cars:

I'm not that proud, you know?. I'm very happy,but proud... call me whatever you want, but, as a country, this is one example of what can we do when we work together. Adversity is common here (landslides, eartquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, snowfalls...). This rescue is being televised around the world, but many other things are not. Those miners represent the heart of my country, hard workers, with good humour even when the circumstances are against us... I'm proud for them. They represent my country perfectly. Not the politicians, not the economy guys, not even the athletes -some of them do-.

I don't know what do you mean with "The hated Americans". Do you think that in south america the "Americans" are hated?


Have you been to Hash House? I haven't stopped thinking about it since I saw that episode. Too bad the weight gain won't stay in Vegas.

Uh, my english is in preseason mode. I need some games put it in shape!



I loved the observatory in Vicuna.

Artest should go to the Vegas oddsmaker people who betted the Heat to win the title and show them who the real champion is..Or he could bet the keys the Lakers will win this year.

Artest could see if his key works to spring George Maloof from the Las Vegas slammer...


LOL to read what he will gonna do in the house of Floyd Mayweather!!

I hope Ron will visit Manila next year.. Oooh I can't wait

Hobbitmage, when did you came?
did you go to Pisco Elqui? ;)

Mitch deserves a ton of credit. I got on him 3-4 years ago, calling him 'Kupcake' and other stuff that can't be repeated, but he stuck by his plan, kept his head, didn't panic and had the future in mind all the time.

He has made some great drafts, picking low - just look at what he did this year. He stole Pau. He has kept Drew, and now we're going to see him really blossom. Ariza plays hardball? Ron Ron comes in. Farmar want out? Blake's the answer. Low draft picks? Kupchak finds two gems.

He has not only kept the Lakers on top, but he's taken a broken-down jalopy, souped up the motor, overhauled the chassis, and fine-tuned it into a Ferrari. One missed playoffs between dynasty runs. Really incredible stuff.

Dare I say, Mitch is rivaling 'The Master' (Jerry West) as far as his GM maneuvers.

I agree with D.A. (David Aldridge) about Blake - he can become to this Laker squad what Paxson was to those Bulls teams.

He is also the 'best-fit' of any free-agent signings, as he is absolutely tailor made for the system, for his role and provides the Lakers exactly what they needed at the backup PG position (I would say 'and were missing last year' but I know there are a lot of Farmar-apologists still roaming the boards...).

All-in-all, a huge past few years for Mitch, he's really had a Midas touch, and this team is pure (purple and) gold!


Ron Ron, go for what's behind door #2!

A coupe of years ago when Ron Artest joined Yao and TMac to the Rockets, they were supposed to be the "big three" to contend for title. He was that good (and of course he still is) of player. Now we tend to overlook his importance on the court because of his many off-the-court news. Artest is the key factor to win more titles for the next few years because the Lakers need his excellent defensive match ups against Durant, Pierce or LeBron in the playoffs in order to win the series against their respective teams. And all indications show that Artest is determined to challenge that.

"I'll probably just walk in everybody's home,"


That's the Ron Ron....Yeah, let him go to any house he picks, surprise visit!

I don't remember that one by Lighthouse. Thanks for posting. Here's one from back in the day. I always wondered was this just a "regional" midwest song....

I've been walking behind you, since you've been able to see.
There's never been any reason, for you to think about me.

Posted by: LRob | October 11, 2010 at 06:51 PM

Never heard of them but they sound good. Kinda folk rock like America somewhat.
Lighthouse Live has better sound than what I posted earlier.

As Kobe nears this historic mark of 6 titles and his 2nd 3peat.....Look for more Jordan fodder to diminish it.
Posted by: pfunk36 | October 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM
pfunk36 - Thanks for highlighting Jordan's hator-ade. This will only be more fuel for Kobe's fire! Thanks MJ.

Just watched ESPN 30/30 Once Brothers, a great piece on Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic. Great story and a must watch...

Funny, but when I think of Vlade, 2 things come to mind first. One, we got Kobe Bryant for him, and next, his whiny remark about Horry's 3 pt shot against the Queens, "it was a lucky shot."

This is not fair, for Vlade put in some good years of service while a Laker...and how we all forget, it was Vlade and Drazen that opened the door for European players to join the NBA.

It was good to see this side of Vlade...he did put in 17 years in the NBA...and was an accomplished big man...I'm glad to see he is healthy, and having a happy and productive life with his family...

Another surprise was how Drazen was obsessed with basketball, kinda Kobe type dedication...I think I remembered him being labeled the 'European Magic' and I do recall when he blossomed in New Jersey...also the day he died in a car crash...

There was also some good Showtime footage, and an interview with Magic...And looking back at that Yugoslavian National team, (they beat Team USA in the World Championship), there were a bunch of players that were the first European stars in the NBA...Divac, Petrovic, Kukoc, and Rada...

I recommend watching this if you get a chance...definitely a 'thumbs up'

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Mr. Nano,

yo fui a Vicuna, La Serena y Valpraiso (sp?). 2007

me gusta mucho el vino tinto de Chile pero .... Santiago. Ay Caramba!

That smog is ridiculous!!!

@LEWSTERS… Great report on the ESPN special about Vlade and Drazen. You had the exact same reaction as I did about Vlade. There was a time when he really was something special offensively, could shoot the 3, drive and dunk, and pass as well as any big man in the game. In a way, he was the Lakers first Pau Gasol, a player who really needed an Andrew Bynum so he could play power forward. Like Pau, a damn good center but at times able to be overpowered by more physical players.

@htj - no worries on Kobe....he's got quite a few more fish to fry.

@63 footer - relationship quotes from Wilt....scary!

Ron Ron and Celine odd couple that'd make Oscar and Felix plush.

As a woman - I don't understand.
As a wife - I'd kill.
Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 12, 2010 at 03:24 PM
Justa - lol....what it I don't want this to be you.

JustaLF - Love America...especially Tin Man & Sister Golden Hair

LOL hobbitmage, i hate Santiago. Some call it Santi-asco XD.
What a trip! La Serena and Valparaiso are two of the most beatiful cities here.
Next time contact me, you'll be welcome!
Well, any Laker fan will be welcome!!

Justa - meant it I don't want this to be you.

LEWSTRS: Glad to see that the 30-for-30 Vlade/Petrovic doc was good. I thought it could be, saw Vlade on a couple different BSPN shows the past few days promoting it, but will definitely tune in now. Pretty sad story I would imagine...

- - -

Michael Jordan said about Kobe's ranking among all-time greats “It’s so hard to say, I think he is always going to be within the conversations of some of the greatest players who’ve played by the time he is finished. Where does he rank among those, if you are talking about positions? If you are talking about guards, I would say he has got to be in the top 10.”

Where would MJ rank himself? Sheesh...

First, I was pissed reading this, but on second thought I realized there have been a heck of a lot of great guards in the NBA. However, MJ just KNOWS that Kobe is top-5 minimum, alongside at least MJ, Magic, Big-O, West. In my mind he's already better than Isiah, better than Havilicek, Cousy, Maravich, Barry, Gervin, Drexler, Stockton...

Honestly, at this point Kobe is probably #3, behind only Magic and MJ - and rising.

I wouldn't bet against Kobe for getting 7+ rings and coming close to, if not breaking the all-time points record.

Gee, I wonder what the blind Jordan backers will say then...


LRob - don't worry - I'm all bark and no bite.... ;)

@JALF & LROB… OK, I admit to loving a little America too. For years, Sister Golden Hair was the song I always played when buying new stereo speakers. Haven’t heard it in years but I’m going to find a YouTube and see if it still speaks to me. LROB, you really don’t sleep, do you? LOL.

justanothermambafan: "LRob - don't worry - I'm all bark and no bite.... ;)"
You know justa, there are those that prefer bites to barks.

Or so I've heard... =P


Every day that goes by finds me saying again and again how much I love Ron Artest. Strange - before he became a Laker, I never thought this would happen in a million years
Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 12, 2010 at 03:32 PM

You can also Love LeBron once he becomes a Laker, never say never. You may also get to love a TROLL my dear.

Justa-My dear did we send in our profile?

Well, any Laker fan will be welcome!!

Posted by: MrNano | October 12, 2010 at 07:19 PM

What's up DUDE, maybe an exception.


@JALF & LROB… OK, I admit to loving a little America too. For years, Sister Golden Hair was the song I always played when buying new stereo speakers. Haven’t heard it in years but I’m going to find a YouTube and see if it still speaks to me. LROB, you really don’t sleep, do you? LOL.

Posted by: LakerTom | October 12, 2010 at 07:37 PM

Ya I really liked America and have to add Horse with No Name to the list.

Where's everybody? did everyone drink the Kool-Aid. I'm not going anywhere, you can't starve this TROLL...NEVER I SAID. I'll be home when you get their my dear. You Lakerholics this blog is like a drug you can't stay away, you can't help yourself. You JUNKIES.....did I say JUNKIES?


WOW, no love for the TROLLS tonight... I need fuel.

LRob- Dude you post 24-7 more than Mamba24, you may want to try some valarian.

Hey everybody. I've been a bit busy and distracted lately, but I've got a few minutes and I just wanted to stop by and declare once again that Ron Artest is freakin awesome.





Family- I'll be here whenever you decide to come home, got plenty of COFFEE.





LRob - It's, in fact, a paraphrase that he once said to me at a party. But I believe he was right, particularly for people who are famous and get sex thrown at them all the time. Do one or the other, or you're a hypocrite. It's not that someone like Tiger was doing all the various women that was the problem, it's that he was trying to hide it from his wife and the world that was the stupidity in my book. Seriously: "I love my wife and I made a mistake," just doesn't cut it. Just don't get married if that's what you wanna do and you have access like celebrities do.

Wilt was just bein' Wilt, and he was never a hypocrite in that way (actually in most ways he was a pretty straight-up guy).



What? Is there a troll loose on the blog???

Alright JUSTA HATA, answer me this: Why must BSPN shove the little princess and his meatheads down our throats? Do they not realize that they are making them become despised by everyone - or is that their intention?

While you're at it, you could give me a rough estimate of how many times the little princess has polished Wade's ring since arriving in South Beach???


63 Footer - Dude it's nothing wrong with having option, regardless if your married. Some of the worlds greatest men used their option, in the words of the great Jim Rome. If your not cheating your not trying, and it's only cheating if you get CAUGHT.


Is it just me, or is there more than just a passing resemblance between George 'I was only drunk, texting, speeding with no license or insurance' Maloof:

and this infamous mugshot of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed:



@JALF & LROB… OK, I admit to loving a little America too. For years, Sister Golden Hair was the song I always played when buying new stereo speakers. Haven’t heard it in years but I’m going to find a YouTube and see if it still speaks to me. LROB, you really don’t sleep, do you? LOL.
LakerTom - It will speak to you and I guarantee you won't be able to listen to it just once....

Well, I keep on thinkin' 'bout you, Sister Golden Hair surprise
And I just can't live without you; can't you see it in my eyes?
Now I've been one poor correspondent, I've been too, too hard to find
But it doesn't mean you ain't been on my mind

I'm doin' catch up on the threads coz I've been kinda busy makin' funeral arrangements for my 87 year old Uncle who transitioned to the ancestry last Wednesday. Anyhoo...


@MFont681,Cap's Goggles, and 5LakerFanz,

Nice profiles...enjoyed reading them all!



Saw 'The 7 Grand Masters' over the weekend...melikey! :-)
My favorite scene is when Siu Ying shows his new 'brothers' what he has learned from them...hilarious! I also loved the ending. Afterall, the '12 strikes of Pai-Mei' must be protected at all costs.(LOL)

'Iron Monkey'(both versions) and 'Mask of Death' coming up! I'll get back atcha once I've seen them. Thanks again for the recommendations.


@Staples 24:["Well yaeh! But not so fast! If Shaq joined the lakers he will be out of shape, the only reason he is good shape right now is because he is motivated to STOP KOBE FRO M GETTING HIS SIX, he wants to tie it with KOBE at 5.

So no thank you, I do not want Shaq as a Laker. But as an enemy motiavted Shaq, he can be fearsome especially without Bynum."

Posted by: Staples 24 | October 08, 2010 at 05:28 PM]

You've shared this view in a few previous threads and tho' I hadn't commented before I will now, by saying, I agree wholeheartedly with your feelings about the potential matchup problems Shaq could pose for the Ls frontline, tho' I wonder if even a healthy Drew could handle him when he's in shape and HIGHLY motivated.

To be honest, I felt from the beginning that his decision to join the Cs was primarily an attempt to dethrone the Ls and get revenge not only against Kobe but, Dr.B as well.

It'll be very interesting if they should end up meeting in the Finals again for the rubber-match...wouldn't it?


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

justa (from 1 to another) LRob Laker Tom

From the other justa for your listening pleasure!

CyberCosmiX- That's the plan, us against the world mentallity. This is what Pat created, every place they go,the crowd booing. And the Heat spank that BUTT and leave town. We can't say how many times that LB polished the ring, he'll have his own at season end.



There you are. Jeez - don't make me worry about you.....

@Lew - Thanks for the 30/30 review on Vlade & Petrovic. Of course, I loved Vlade because he was ours, but Drazen was one of the first Euro ballers to play with a fearless attitude. With him, Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson they had a young team that was ready to make some noise. Plus, Daddy Rich (Chuck Daly) was coaching them. Wow. Still sad to think about it!

Michael Jordan said about Kobe's ranking among all-time greats “It’s so hard to say, I think he is always going to be within the conversations of some of the greatest players who’ve played by the time he is finished. Where does he rank among those, if you are talking about positions? If you are talking about guards, I would say he has got to be in the top 10.”

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 12, 2010 at 07:30 PM


Let's dissect this self-serving, arrogant comment without being so diplomatic about it. For the sake of this discussion, let's say Kobe decided to retire tomorrow.

1) "It’s so hard to say .."

Really, Michael? What is so hard about it? Jerry West has already conceded that Kobe is the greatest Laker ever. He won his first championship at the age of 20 .. not as a sidekick .. but as the second superstar of a one-two punch that is arguably the most dominant one-two superstar pairing in the history of the NBA. Shaq needed Kobe to win those rings every bit as much as Kobe needed Shaq. Just like you needed Scottie. Just like BOTH of you needed Phil Jackson. With all your talent, Michael, it took you 7 years in the NBA to achieve what Kobe did in his fourth season. Now he has two more as the clear Alpha Dog on these Lakers and has emerged as the most respected player on the planet. Overall, he has played against deeper talent than any other great guard in NBA history, played in a MUCH tougher conference than you ever played in throughout your respective careers and he didn't have a thing handed to him like you did. The reality, Michael, is that it's so EASY to say.

2) "I think he is always going to be within the conversations of some of the greatest players who’ve played by the time he is finished."

By the time he is finished? Are you trying to motivate Kobe for some reason? He can look in the mirror and have that conversation with YOU right now. Sure, you might have loftier stats, some additional hardware and one more ring, but the difference between you and Kobe in every aspect of your game and makeup is negligible. You and Kobe are the same player and he will be playing his 15th season, the same number that you played. You played in a weaker conference and never faced a team like the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. There is no reason to wait until he's finished. You can judge him right now, Michael.

"Where does he rank among those, if you are talking about positions? If you are talking about guards, I would say he has got to be in the top 10."

NBA fans who have watched this game for more than 40 years like I have can say without hesitation that he is among the top 3 guards, possibly top 5 players, who have ever lived. He is easily the greatest player of his time and has been probably since 2001. He has overcome all adversities including having to defer to The Big Ego for 8 seasons, playing through the unfortunate Colorado incident and rebuilding his image, playing without receiving superstar treatment like YOU received, Michael, and then toughing it out and rising all the way to the top again by putting pressure on his team's owner and GM. All the while, David Stern deliberately crowned a new King while Kobe brought home the more important bling. Who was your LeBron James, Michael? Clyde Drexler? Reggie Miller? You didn't win a ring while Bird and Magic were in their primes, that's for sure.

Michael, while you were trying to be politically correct with your statement, it was as transparent as your Hall of Fame acceptance speech. Come on Michael, just say it. He's every bit as great as you were. And you're the greatest basketball player ever, aren't you?

justa (from 1 to another) LRob Laker Tom

From the other justa for your listening pleasure!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 12, 2010 at 08:38 PM

Good stuff. Got to listen twice as I looked it up again after LT mentioned the song. Now you post it and got to enjoy again. Fond memeries with America music! THX

KobeMVP888 -

AWWWWWWWW SNAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Take that MJ - you fricken buffoon.

I'd LOVE to hear this idiot try & defend THAT, councilor. I'm telling you 888 - if I'm ever in a jam I want YOU at my table!

Mr. Nano,

Sorry for the delayed response. To answer your question, I'm sure you know the history of OAS so I would not delve more on the politics of it why America is hated in South America. However, in times of emergencies in Haiti, Mexico, Honduras and now Chile, the generous Americans are always there to help whether they are conservatives or liberals. But today, an American driller is celebrated for his greatness by the name of Jeff Hart from Colorado who drilled that hole for 33 days and cut the project rescue by two months in advance. Thanks also the Canadian drilling company as well as the Italians who helped in this rescue. As you said if we all help one another, we could accomplish more. With regards to the politicians and profiteers, they all wear the same feathers - "money talks and b/s walks".

Jerry Buss is the exception. He sacrificed his own fortune so that he could provide good entertainment to millions of Laker fans.

JLF - no problem - us justa's gotta stick together LOL!

I'm doin' catch up on the threads coz I've been kinda busy makin' funeral arrangements for my 87 year old Uncle who transitioned to the ancestry last Wednesday. Anyhoo...

Posted by: G in DC(aka GDUB) | October 12, 2010 at 08:36 PM
my condolences on the loss of your uncle and although posted earlier i will dedicate this song for your ancestors transition.

@JAMF… Thanks for the link. LROB is right. Song is still great. Still a little too pop for my present tastes but nostalgia counts with songs that transport you back in time. And Justa, you know I love the lyrics so you I can sing along. It’s totally contagious. YouTube Karaoke. Wish they had lyrics for every YouTube song. Send in your profile, Justa. It’s like test taking. Usually your first instincts are best. It’s like reading an essay to your family anyway, not like submitted it for publication. :-)

JLF - no problem - us justa's gotta stick together LOL!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 12, 2010 at 08:57 PM

I hear you my dear, we gotta stick TOGETHER.

@888… I take pride in being the first to have declared that if I ever find myself in need of serious legal help, Kenny, I would look to hire you. Of course, I would have to insert in our contract that I NOT be billed for any blog time. Seriously, counselor, you are one impressive dude. Glad you’re on my side.

Talking about delayed responses!
This is just for the reccord:
Ignorant people are the only ones who hate others because of what they've been taught. The hate is always a weapon for politicians to control ignorant people. To blame another to justify being useless, is always a good way to look good.

Maybe your point of the "hated americans" 20 years ago was right. In some countries maybe still is. But as education becomes better, it "enlightens" the minds and make everybody took the things as they are. We don't hate them. We control our destiny. We have our own politicians to blame.

Someone said that the american government sent the driller???
As far as i know, i understand that he was contacted by my government particularly, not by diplomatic ways. And here we think of him that he is only one part of a lot bigger machine. Did someone said that he was a key part of the rescue? fundamental? maybe there is some PR working on.



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