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Ron Artest excited to meet Celine Dion

August 9, 2011 | 10:30 am


There's really no use wondering why, but Ron Artest apparently has a fixation with Celine Dion.

In an interview with ESPN Magazine in which he interviewed himself, Artest revealed how he cried watching the movie "Titanic" because of Dion's heart-wrenching song, a sappy admission probably no one else shares. When he won the keys last year to Las Vegas for his work with mental health charities, Artest admittedly hoped he'd meet Dion there and discuss working on a song together. And when Artest attended a Dion concert over the weekend in Vegas, he apparently felt so excited meeting her backstage that he said via Twitter that his "nipples froze."

Even Lakers fans who expect Artest to say weird things have to pause on that one. But then again, consider the rest of Artest's Twitter exchanges:

"I’m at Celine dion concert! Backstage!! Wow!!! Me and my boys!! Wow!!! She said she love my Jimmy Kimmel show when I had my beard on!!!!!!!! 

"Where are all my celine dion groupies!!! Tweet me!!! I'm a groupie!!!!" for all the times......!!!!"

Wow!!!!!!!!!!! She bout to sing TITANIC!!!!!! Wow!!!!! Stevie wonder came out!!!

"Celine made me and all my thug friends cry with the French song!!!! She cried !!! Wow!!!! She hugged me !! I got chills!!"

No word yet on whether Artest's hope to collaborate with Dion will ever happen. But if it does, Artest will surely be the first to tell us on his Twitter account. To which everyone else will go to great lengths to avoid hearing the song.

Below the jump are more links that have nothing to do with Artest or Celine Dion.


-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne debate what Pau Gasol will get out of the European Championships.

--'s Mike Trudell looks at the team's all-time regular season records. 

-- Lakers Nation's Gary Lee features a Kobe Bryant interview in Manila.

-- Lakers Nation's Alex Torres looks at the Lakers' Top 5 all-time buzzer beaters. 

-- Warriors World's J.M. Poulard writes on Forum Blue and Gold about the link between Jerry West and Oscar Robertson. 

Tweet of the Day: "I still can't believe Steve Mason left Magic Johnson & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar off of his ESPNLA Hall of Fame ballot." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The majority of the players on the 2008 won't be entering their prime until 2012. it's a win just being in the conversation with the 1992 team. the real comparison should come next summer. everyone will have more experience all around and the margin of victory should increase even with the always improving teams from around the world..." -- Dubbin Music


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Ron Artest has mastered the art of interviewing

Ron Artest displays playful persona during comedy routine

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest with Celine Dion over the weekend in Las Vegas. Credit: Ron Artest via Twitter