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Raymond Mikhael discusses winning Ron Artest's ring raffle

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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Time to Wake Up and Get Consistent!

Go Lakers!

Happy New Year!!!

Congrats to Mikhael.
I'm not sure if I would have wanted to go public had I won the ring.
Too many crazies out there for my liking.

Guns don't bring anything good...anything.
Posted by: Magic Phil |
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Hi MP,

Yes, too bad about the Van Exel thing for sure.
But I have that 'other' view, you know the one, guns don't kill people...
Anyway, since I'm not the superior self defense kinda guy like hobbit and Jon K and some others, if someone ever breaks into my house while I'm home, I will be quite happy to greet them with a .357, or my 12 gauge, or my .45, or my laser guided .38.

My wifes dad was a certified firearms instructor and a gun collector and Annie Oakley has nothing on Mrs Art (or me). We enjoy going to the shooting range to keep our skills acceptable.

Anyway, I'm just saying that guns in the hands on responsible people who are properly trained in their use should not be an issue.
And you will never, ever get the guns away from the types of people that should not have them.

PS: Interesting timing. In todays local paper I read about a 79 yr old lady who was attacked and pushed down on the street, but when she pulled out her pistol her attacker fled.

Ron's attitude and intention are GREAT, good cause...

but if i were him, I'd raffle my 2nd ring, not the first.

But I have that 'other' view, you know the one, guns don't kill people...
Anyway, since I'm not the superior self defense kinda guy like hobbit and Jon K and some others, if someone ever breaks into my house while I'm home, I will be quite happy to greet them with a .357, or my 12 gauge, or my .45, or my laser guided .38.Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | December 31, 2010 at 12:05 PM
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LMAO!!! Yes, Yes, Hell Yes!! Preach Art my brother, Preach!!! Just don't be out there shooting up in the air tonight for New Years!! Happy New Year to you and yours my brother. May Health, Wealth and Happiness follow you always!!!!


I can't believe he decided to keep the ring!

I can't believe he decided to keep the ring! Posted by: Diandra | December 31, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude seems cool, the family is tight, they have first hand experience with mental illness, praying that Artest would come to the Lakers and now he's wearing his championship ring. That's EPIC! Great Vid Mr. Medina.

Ron Ron buy the ring back...if you don't raise your play...this might be the only one you get...

Art-FL, I understand that. My brother is an ex-marine, he has guns & stuff...I'm justa different person than him, I believe guns don't bring good "energy" TO ME.
If you're fine the way you handle those things, I'm w/ you. Maybe it's justa the fact that I don't know a crap about guns...


Cheers.

but if i were him, I'd raffle my 2nd ring, not the first. Posted by: Magic Phil | December 31, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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Or maybe he should have talked it over with his shrink before he decided to do any of this ISH!
Happy New Year Magic Phil to you and yours. Thanks for creating the greatest Chat site on earth my brother!!!!

Mamba,

LOL, those idiots that shoot guns off like that deserve to have a bullet land on their head.

And Happy New Year to you as well, you are a fun guy, wish I had your energy.

Larry, a Very Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!!!!!

You guys have a permanent residence in my P&G heart!

My brother is an ex-marine, he has guns & stuff...I'm justa different person than him, I believe guns don't bring good "energy" TO ME. If you're fine the way you handle those things, I'm w/ you. Maybe it's justa the fact that I don't know a crap about guns...Posted by: Magic Phil | December 31, 2010 at 12:22 PM


Magic Phil, Tell your brother the ex-marine to teach you. Incidently there is no such thing as an ex-marine. Once a marine always a marine. Tell him Semper Fi from Mamba24! Yes, yes, Mamba24 was also in the marines!

@seely_iggy – congrats on the RCOTD. Very well said.


@no mo – I agree. I like Nancy’s version slightly better. She sings it a little sexier, but Ella’s is more like royalty. I enjoyed that carribean type vibe on that Bonne Annee, definitely uplighting.


@63 Footer – Thanks for the intro to Camera Obscura. I like that one and of course your other selections were all on point. I was trying to save the U2 in my back pocket for tomorrow….lol.


@Lew – I agree with your sentiments on LO. Great minds think alike with you and 63 Footer on U2.

Hello hobbitmage,

You covered a lot of stuff in your post a few threads back. There is one item I take issue with. Well, I don't exactly have an issue with it, I mean, I don't exactly disagree entirely with what you wrote, but I don't exactly agree either.

In your comment to JimJoyce you wrote:

"JimJoyce,

you wrote: This team is so talented, and yet plays like crap so much of the time. Unlike San Antonio, Utah, Boston, which almost always play to their talent level, even though they're all less talented than the Lakers.

Why is it so difficult for the Lakers? That should be the focus of an entire column.

my response: The answer is *character*. They do not have the character to
pursue excellence day in and day out. PJ once said, that the Bulls lusted after
practice. You've *NEVER* heard him say that about the Lakers.

Before someone throws a rod ... We could cut that generalized statement
down to 4 out of the starting 5 lack the character. Kobe does have it. I can
say that with assurance because he's the only one who has made the all-star
team on both offense and defense. Yes, we know that defense is about
hustle not talent."

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Here's the comment I question:

"We could cut that generalized statement down to 4 out of the starting 5 (of the Lakers) lack the character. Kobe does have it."

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I agree, that from an individual standpoint Kobe is the hardest working, hates losing, character kinda guy around.

However, why doesn't Kobe practice with the team? Injuries? Maybe.

Why when injured and couldn't play would he not even sit on the bench and offer his support, guidance and motivation to his teammates?

Getting treatment during the game is, in my opinion, a bogus excuse. Why wouldn't someone as committed and dedicated as he is get his treatment at other times of the day/night so he could be there to support his teammates?

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You wrote:

"my response: The answer is *character*. They do not have the character to pursue excellence day in and day out. PJ once said, that the Bulls lusted after practice. You've *NEVER* heard him say that about the Lakers."

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Kobe may have this 'character", but it's as an individual. He wants to be the best and will work his butt off so he can be. But he has not found a way to translate that to the team on a consistent basis. Practicing with the team would be a good way to do that. Anyway, Kobe is obviously an amazing individual talent. I just don't think history will record him as a great team developer, a person who imbued his team with the same "character", drive and passion he possessed.

You say the Bulls lusted after practice with the same Phil Jackson as coach, but not the Lakers.

Perhaps the difference maker was MJ.

And before you even go there, no, I am not trying to start a Kobe vs MJ debate.

All this finger pointing, we've all been frustrated for awhile now, it happens. The team too was frustrated. But it's a new dawn, a new day...a new life....and I'm feeling good.

All about the love! Go Lakers!

P.S. MM love the vids! A bargain IMO lol.

@Old Hippy – I enjoy Edwin’s posts. As far as the coaching situation, we hashed things out last night and agreed to disagree on our approach. But it’s all good. Different strokes for different folks.


@noah – I enjoyed your selection by Ms. Spektor.


@MVP – Bringing a little techno vibe…cool.


@Triangular – Mose Allison...Excellent. “Your mind on vacation and your mouths working overtime”...haha...Lakers guilty as charged.

@Art-Fl Lakers Fan, Thank you sir and I've always thought of you as a classy standup type of guy. Though at times you can be ...a wise@zz!!! LOL! Just playing with you my brother! It's been a good year for Lakers Nation and people like you and Magic Phil are what helped make it so!!! You too Lewstrs, Diandra, Frmkt, Triangulator and yes, yes at times even you No Mo' Platitudes. Happy New Year to all of you and All of Lakers Nation!!!

FAITH, If you are feeling good then i'm feeling great!!! LET'S RIDE LAKERS NATION!!!!!

Ron Ron buy the ring back...if you don't raise your play...this might be the only one you get...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | December 31, 2010 at 12:20 PM

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If I remember correctly, $10Mil is the magic number!

Ron Ron buy the ring back...if you don't raise your play...this might be the only one you get...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | December 31, 2010 at 12:20 PM

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If I remember correctly, $10Mil is the magic number!

Mamba a marine? I wouldn't have guessed that.
And Magic Phils bro also.
Must be others too.
If the blog ever gets too nasty, we can call in the marines to straighten things out!
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Magic Phil,

I understand what you mean, there are lotsa people like that.
I grew up back in the day of slogans like 'give peace a chance' and 'make love not war', etc.
I much prefer those slogans/attitude.

Guys - Meant to pass this along. Admire the classiness of Paul Pierce

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2010/12/paul-pierce-steals-pacer-fans-water.html

@Art-Fl Lakers Fan, Thank you sir and I've always thought of you as a classy standup type of guy. Though at times you can be ...a wise@zz!!! LOL! Just playing with you my brother! !
Posted by: mamba24 |
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Funny mamba, thanks, I think.

For a New Years resolution I will try and cut back the wise@zz stuff. I know reading writing doesn't always get interpreted as it's always meant.

Mamba a marine? I wouldn't have guessed that. And Magic Phils bro also.
Must be others too. If the blog ever gets too nasty, we can call in the marines to straighten things out! Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | December 31, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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LMAO!! See if you had been coming to Magic Phils Renegade Chat site you would have known this and many other amazing facts!!! LOL!


Come on Art, I hesitated on putting the wise@zz down because as you say writting doesn't always come across. Suffice it to say you are one of my favorite Bloggers and one of the people I look forward to reading each day. I apologize my brother!!

PP steals the water, should "T" him up.
Lol, that was actually pretty funny.
PP was obviously just having a little fun, and he even poured the water into his mouth instead of actually putting the bottle in his mouth.
No harm there, just all good fun.

What would have been even funnier would be if the next time PP got near the sidelines any/all fans with water should have doused PP, I mean, if he was that thirsty, why not.

What would have been even funnier would be if the next time PP got near the sidelines any/all fans with water should have doused PP, I mean, if he was that thirsty, why not. Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | December 31, 2010 at 01:15 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe the next time PP steals a bottle of water there should be a little PP in it! LOL!!

Maybe the next time PP steals a bottle of water there should be a little PP in it! LOL!! Posted by: bronxlakerfan | December 31, 2010 at 03:23 PM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a GREAT Guy to win the ring! At first I was a little jealous that I didn't win. But after hearing the guy talk about his mom, I'm not sure a better person (for mental illness) could have won the ring. Awesome!


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