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Ted "Golden Voice" Williams visits the Lakers' practice facility

January 10, 2011 |  4:50 pm

As Lakers guard Kobe Bryant approached him, Ted Williams jumped up and down in excitement.

To say Williams has gone through a life transformation in the last month is an understatement. He was homeless, begging  for money, and for the last two years successfully fought drug and alcohol addiction. After the Columbus Dispatch posted a videofeaturing his "Golden Voice," his life began a complete turnaround. He appeared on NBC's "Today" show. He fielded job offers from the NFL Network, Cleveland Cavaliers and Oprah. He visited his 90-year-old mother Julia. And on Monday, he filmed a segment for "Entertainment Tonight" that featured Williams visiting the Lakers' facility, including Bryant and Ron Artest.

"It was good. It was the first time," Bryant said of meeting Williams, who graciously declined an interview because his appearance would be featured on "Entertainment Tonight" Tuesday. "I had never seen him before, but I had heard a lot about him. It was pretty cool."

--Mark Medina

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