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Raymond Mikhael discusses winning Ron Artest's ring raffle

December 31, 2010 | 11:12 am

Among the highlights of my interview with Raymond Mikhael, who won Ron Artest's championship ring, with the proceeds going toward mental health charities:

-- Mikhael's initial skepticism when he was told he was the winner

-- His interaction with Artest at the Conga Room following the Lakers' Christmas Day loss to the Miami Heat

-- Why Artest wanted to keep the box

-- How mental health issues directly affected Mikhael's mother and how Mikhael hopes to work with Artest in the future.

-- Mikhael's intention of keeping the ring

-- His own biography: He's married to La Shawnda and is the father of four boys, including Anthony (18), Christopher (15), Jonathan (5) and Justin (2 1/2). He works in telecommunications and lives in Hawthorne.

--Mikhael's family also expressed their gratitude to Artest

--Mark Medina

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