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Ron Artest receives new set of wheels on 'Lopez Tonight'

March 3, 2011 | 11:09 am

Any time he saw comedian George Lopez sit courtside at a Lakers game, forward Ron Artest motioned his hands as if he were operating a steering wheel.

The ongoing joke stemmed from Lopez's promising Artest in an appearance on "Lopez Tonight" after the Lakers secured the 2010 NBA championship that he would buy Artest a new car. But this was hardly just an inside joke. Artest appeared on Lopez's show Wednesday to find out Lopez really meant what he said.

Lopez presented to Artest a new ride that featured purple and gold rims and brakes, Laker colors on the interior and seating and bright yellow headlights. It also featured a surround-sound system blasting "Go Loco," a newly released single the two did together on Artest's Ball'n mixtape. And, Lopez joked, the seats recline "in case you need a little therapy."

There was no catch to this, with exception of a warning that every Laker fan would express.

"If you leave L.A," Lopez said, "the car stays in L.A."

"We ain't going nowhere," Artest quickly answered, perhaps a relief considering the numerous reports suggesting the Lakers wanted to trade him.

"Bring back another championship," Lopez then concluded.

-- Mark Medina

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