This is the kindest thing Ron anyone has ever done. No one can top this kind act. Hats off to you, RonRon.

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ESPN: For 99.9 percent of the players in the NBA, July 1, 2011 is circled on their calendars as the start of a potential lockout if the player’s union and the league’s owners can’t come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement before the current one expires on June 30.

For Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, July 1 marks the day he will announce just how much of his 2011-12 salary he will donate to charities to benefit mental health awareness.

It takes a dedicated 0.1 percentile-type of person to consider giving away a large percentage of the $6.79 million he is contracted to make next season.

“Either all or some,” Artest said about his donation plans prior to the Lakers’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. “You’ll know July 1.”

The 12-year veteran, who has made more than $52 million in salary through his first 11 seasons, refrained from providing much further detail, wishing to focus on the season and saying that he has already received enough publicity for raffling off his 2010 NBA championship ring on his personal website for charity.

As of last week, the raffle had already raised $464,525, according to Artest’s manager. The winner will be selected on Christmas Day when the Lakers host the Miami Heat.

Artest said his wife and family are behind him with his decision.

“We lost $7 million before,” Artest said, alluding to the money he lost while he was suspended for 73 regular-season games and 13 playoff games following the incident when he went into the stands in Detroit. “At least [this time] it’s going to something good.”

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  • Jack

    Simply amazing. I’d like to see other multi-millionaires do what Ron is doing.

  • lakerman1

    Some have commented on other blogs that Ron will one day wake up broke. I beg to differ, he unlike so many wants to give back and by no means do i think Ron will end up penniless, he knows he has a family and i will bet any amount of money nothing is more important to him than that. Generousity is its own reward and those that make the ridiculous comment i stated above never recognize when a human being is truly giving. I have nothing but love for this man. He is turning into a unique individual. I will also wager Ron has investments that make it affordable to be so generous. To use a seventies valacular RIGHT ON RON.

  • rondo

    Ron will never wake up broke. Some people take all the time and they never have anything. Most people who give always have. Ron You the MAN!

  • Dragon

    Isn’t there going to be a lockout during the 2011-12 season…?

    • Jack

      There might be, that’s why he says he’s waiting till July 1st before announcing the amount he’s donating.

  • what

    No wonder he’s been playing off lately.