Saturday, December 27, 2014
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Another kind act by Ron, but its for his daughter which can be understood.

MTV: Right outside Kanye West’s dressing room — before his big performance at Sunday night’s (September 12) Video Music Awards — NBA All-Star and World Champion Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest was sitting down on the floor with his arms on his knees. When asked why he wasn’t sitting in a seat, Ron smiled a huge grin. “I gave my ticket to my daughter,” he told MTV News backstage. “She wanted to see the show. I didn’t get to see it. I let her go. It’s all about her.” While the VMAs were held at the Nokia Theatre, right next door to the Lakers’ home, the Staples Center, Ron Ron said he wasn’t interested in calling in any special favors. “Nah man, I’m good,” he laughed.

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The world of NBA fan mixtapes is huge. Some NBA mixtapers have even gone professional, like our friends over at Ball Is Life. Needless to say, there are thousands of videos scattered on YouTube.

We recently made a discovery on our Forums (which if you haven’t joined yet, you’re over 2 years behind on, step up), from member meir21. It’s a trailer for his coming Kobe Bryant video. He says the full length video will be released sometime before the end of the month. Make sure to check out his YouTube page for the upcoming release! In the meantime, enjoy…

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Don’t judge him yet guys. More info to be released.

L.A. Times: Gloria Govan, reality TV star and fiancée of Lakers forward Matt Barnes, said in a statement that Barnes was wrongfully arrested on a domestic violence charge and that he has never physically abused her or her family, according to an Associated Press report.

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We came across this image of what seems to be the album cover of Chick’s album… more specifically, a rap album. A little history on this album. This ‘album’ (if you want to call it that) was released in 2004, along with the book of his memoirs. This isn’t an album where he would take the mic and sing or rap, but instead would take the mic and call the Laker games.

This CD is full of the phrases he would use when he called the games, labeled “Chickisms”. For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, take this as an example “This game’s in the refrigerator: the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the Jell-O’s jigglin’!” which means the game’s outcome is set (for those that don’t understand the lingo).

However, there is a song on the CD, titled ‘Chick Hearn Rap-Around’. It featured the Chickisms mixed together to make a rap song, which (if you listened to Chick broadcast Laker games) isn’t such a bad song even though it doesn’t have him say any words directly for the song.

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I am lost for words. To sell his first championship for a good cause like this is unheard of.

NBA.com: Ron Artest is promoting mental-health awareness.

That’s it.

There is no punch line.

No big finish, no rim shot, no laugh track. Just the starting small forward of the two-time defending champions visiting a middle school Thursday in the Los Angeles suburb of Montebello to call for passage of federal legislation and encourage students to reach out to a health-care worker if they need.

Artest is telling others to get help. Yeah, he knows. He knows he’s asking for it. He knows every Internet comedian will jump on this with some crack, mostly behind the anonymity of a screen-name handle, of course. But he doesn’t care because shining a light on an urgent topic is more important to him.

Here’s how more important:

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.

Continue reading ‘Ron planning to sell his championship ring as a fundraiser to battle mental illnesses’

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Update: Barnes says he is the victim; responds to allegations of domestic violence.

Barnes: “U know any domestic violence situation 9 outa 10 times the man gets arrested. That’s the case here I was the victim but still got arrested. No matter what I say people are gonna think what they want…”

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Holding out on more information before we rush to judgement.

Sacramento Bee: Los Angeles Lakers player Matt Barnes was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Main Jail on Wednesday night on a felony domestic violence charge.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran said deputies responded to an incomplete 911 call from the 8100 block of Sunset Avenue at about 4:15 p.m., where they encountered Barnes and a woman “who lived with him and with whom he had a dating relationship.”

After speaking to Barnes and the woman, deputies determined that the two had been in a physical confrontation and Barnes had prevented the woman from talking to 911 operators. Curran said dispatchers heard the sound of a struggle in the background on the brief open line until it was disconnected.

Both parties had visible injuries but Barnes was determined to be the primary aggressor, Curran said.

Barnes is also charged with maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line, Curran said. He posted a $50,000 bond and was released shortly before 9:40 p.m.

Continue reading ‘Matt Barnes arrested; to appear in court’

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This summer has been a great one for the Lakers.

NBA: The advantage over the field in the West is so obvious that the standings debate heading into camp goes only as high up the food chain as picking the second-best team in the conference. The Lakers are obviously not loved by all, but it has become impossible for even their greatest detractors to disrespect them.

Not only is L.A. the two-time defending champion, with a third Finals appearance preceding that, but the summer moves were one direct hit after another: keeping Jackson, keeping Fisher’s leadership and playoff magic, signing Blake as a safety net if Fisher falters, signing Barnes to address the possibility of Luke Walton missing the entire season with a back injury. The Lakers didn’t just hold the line. They pushed it out even more.

OVERALL GRADE: A

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Good ol’ Ron Ron. The picture of Ron in the car is in the ‘TMZ’ link or click here.

TMZ: TMZ obtained this photo of the Los Angeles Lakers playoff hero getting pulled over in something called an Eagle Roadster — a custom vehicle with a top speed of 152 MPH.

Law enforcement sources tell us Artest was cited because the registration on the car was expired. But get this — we’re told the car isn’t even registered to Ron …but somebody out in Tennessee.

Ron — who was smiling throughout the entire incident — was eventually sent on his way … but sources tell us cops were “very happy” he was wearing a helmet.

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Interesting way to motivate him. Pretty interesting clause too.

NBC Sports: Lakers rookie Derrick Caracter has a unique clause in his contract — his salary is only partially guaranteed for 2010-11, but will become fully guaranteed if he weighs 275 pounds or less on September 10th.

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In case you missed it, Vitaminwater is running with a new ad campaign based around Norman Tugwater (who’s really Gary Busey — never thought I’d make a Gary Busey reference on this site). Tugwater is a fantasy lawyer, think Ari Gold meets Robert Shapiro, meets… well… Gary Busey. The ads themselves are pretty funny. These have been around for a few weeks, but flew under the radar. Kobe just cut a short behind-the-scenes like spot. Since we’re clinging on for any bits and pieces of information here in early September, I thought I’d share.

Another one after the jump…

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Thank you DJ for the wonderful memories you left in LA and thank you for your contributions, whether it was on the court or not. I, as well as other Laker fans, am/are glad you found a new team to play for. Thank you Dacos!

The Hoops Market: According to the Belgian media, D.J. Mbenga will continue his career in the Denver Nuggets. Both parts would have reached a one-year agreement in principle. Mbenga has played during the last two seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers, helping his team to win both titles. Last season, the 29-year-old Belgian center averaged 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 51 games.

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This should come as good news to those quick to press the panic button when it comes to athlete surgeries. According to Luke Walton, Kobe’s knee rehab seems to be going pretty well. In a recent Q&A with Lakers.com reporter, Mike Trudell, Luke had the following comments:

Yes, I’ve seen Kobe at the gym the last couple weeks rehabbing his knee. He’s itching to get back on the court. He shows up every morning at 7 a.m. at the team’s facility and is kind of wrapping up around the time I get there at around 9 a.m. Kobe looks great – he says his knee feels great. He’s just about to start doing basketball workouts again and can’t wait for it.

Kobe had arthroscopic surgery performed on his right knee mid-July. He was battling health issues the entire season — and while this may fully repair his right knee; his pinky looks to be damaged beyond repair. An issue that would be problematic for the other 449 players in the league.

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Another reason why we love Ron Ron. This is a great move by Ron, he’s doing a great thing.

O.C. Register: Next week, Lakers forward Ron Artest and Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano will join forces to combat mental health and promote the Mental Health in Schools Act.

Seriously.

The two will head to Eastmont Intermediate School in Montebello next Thursday and talk to the students about the stigma of mental illness and encourage them to seek assistance. They hope to raise awareness and call for the passage of federal legislation HR 2531, which would establish mental health programs across the country.

What better spokesman could there be for mental health than Ron Artest, who publicly thanked his therapist after the Lakers won the NBA championship last June.

Continue reading ‘Ron to talk to children about mental health’

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