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Ron Artest plans on selling championship ring

Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:52 am
Posted by Royce Young

Most people figured after Ron Artest thanked his psychologist after Game 7 of the NBA Finals, that it was some kind of joke. That Artest, who has a history of doing some off-the-wall things, was making light of his past issues.

But Artest takes mental health seriously. So seriously, he's putting his money where his mouth is. Or, in this case, his championship ring where his mouth is. As mentioned today in the Shootaround, Scott Howard-Cooper of talked to Artest about his plans for his 2010 championship ring.
Artest finally won a title in June after 11 regular seasons of trying ... and now he's planning to sell the championship ring as a fundraiser to put more psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists in schools.

"I'm never going to put it on," he said.

Artest plans to soon announce details of what he hopes will become a worldwide auction, and he takes possession of the jewelry in an Oct. 26 pre-game ceremony before the Lakers open against the Rockets . It's an incredible gesture. But it's even more meaningful as a statement.

"You work so hard to get a ring, and now you have a chance to help more people than just yourself, instead of just satisfying yourself," he said. "What's better than that? For me, this is very important."

Obviously, this is quite a setup for some zingers about Artest. But it's clear how serious Artest is about it. And really, mental health is no joking matter. A lot of people suffer from it and not only is Artest going to raise some serious cash, but also a bunch of awareness.

Artest knows he has a reputation. He knows what people think about him. There are the stories about drinking Hennessey at halftime, the brawl in Detroit and on and on. But the reality is, Artest overcame some demons to get in the right state of mind to be able to perform at a high level in the NBA. And he feels strongly enough about this issue that he's willing to try and make a difference. That's definitely honorable. It's also very Ron Artest. Nothing half way, but all the way in.
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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2010 2:17 pm

Ron Artest plans on selling championship ring

"sense"  sorry

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2010 2:09 pm

Ron Artest plans on selling championship ring

I have an ongoing debate with my wife.  We live in Indiana, and we're definitely Pacers fans.  Her deal is she HATES Ron Artest. . .but not for the reasons that most people give him so much grief.  His odd behavior, history of violence, etc. aren't what makes her dislike him.  No, she hates him for one singular, and maybe correct, reason. . .he may have cost Reggie Miller his shot at getting a ring. 

To understand fully maybe you'd have to be from here, but the fact of the matter is:  The Pacers were a franchise storied in winning in the ABA but nothing in the NBA.  Until Reggie arrived.  Of course there were many contributors, but Miller was a superstar that brought us out of the woods.  With him, we were contenders.  Since he retired, well you can see the record.  I'm sure what most of you remember is the ugly brawl and the aftermath, but most forget that when the incident happened the Pacers were heavily favored to win the East.  Not only that, but part of the reason that a Detroit fan unfathomably threw a beer at a professional basketball player is that the Pacers were blowing out their only realistic rival in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons. 

Back to the debate between me and my wife.  She has a point that I can't dispute, and have since stopped arguing against.  However, when I was a less learned man, I used to try to explain to her that if a man threw a beer on me at a restaurant, or any establishment for that matter, it would certainly "be on".  She doesn't care. . .it cost Reggie his ring.  I also tried to explain that, while yes Ron was troubled, he played the game the right way.  I meant that anyone that has played organized sports understands that the guys who really committ to defense and hard work are rarely the "f*ck offs" that you have to worry about.  He's kind of a contridiction in that sence, but I could always see a redemptive quality in him by the way he played the game.  Hard nosed, all out, team first.  Then his off the court stuff ruined that, bt his recent gesture enforces what I was trying to say all along. . .there's a lot of good in Artest. 
And, let's face it, he pretty much won it for the Lakers.  His defense and the ridiculously well timed shots were what pushed them to victory.  He showed up in crunch time.  That's what a stand up dude does.  She doesn't care. . .he cost Reggie his ring.

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2010 11:27 am
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Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2010 7:31 am

Ron Artest plans on selling championship ring

Great story. He is still Ron Artest, but I think he is in control of himself finally. He has really grown up and is making good choices now for the most part. To sell your championship ring, a ring that many players never get the chance to earn, for charity says alot about him. He has the satisfaction of winning and I guess thats good enough for him. I honestly cannot think of any athlete who has sold their chamionship ring for charity.

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:32 pm

Got to be another way...

to raise funds for charities. This was my initial reaction to what Artest is donating to charity. But then I thought, wow, this guy is perhaps a better man than me. I for one couldn't part with an NBA Championship ring. Phil now has 11 and has he parted with one?! LOL.
GREAT MAN ARTEST. You have my uttermost respect and are truly a humble and empathetic humanitarian. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 5:56 pm

Ron Artest plans on selling championship ring

As a Pacers fan, it was really hard for me to stomach Ron Artest winning a championship. When he publicly apologized to Reggie Miller, Jermaine O'Neal and all of the Pacers from the team he ran out on, I felt better about it. Now I can see that Ron has really matured and worked out a lot of personal problems he had to deal with for a long time. This is a great thing he is doing, and hopefully it helps a lot of people.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:49 pm

Ron Artest plans on selling championship ring

What can you say, for a society that almost never sees its corrupt or addicted recover Artest has stomped on every critics foot and came out on top. Good for him.

Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:29 pm

Ron Artest plans on selling championship ring

I used to dislike the guy's personality as well. H ehas definitely come a long way since the brawl in Detroit and I thnk it is good that an athlete of his caliber (not to mention a current champion) is willing to auction of his championship ring for the sake of helping other people out says a lot about his character. Most athletes retire without ever getting a ring and he doesn't know if he will get another one but is still willing to part with the ring that he spent 11 seasons to get. He has my utmost respect as well.

Since: Jun 1, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:27 am

Ron Artest plans on selling championship ring

Glad finally some good press is coming to the light about Artest.  Although we have all heard of the many bad things in his past, we never hear about how much of a humanitarian he is, and how he doesn't just blow his money on usually material things like the majority of the NBA.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 5:53 pm
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