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Ron Artest auctions off championship ring


Last night after the Heat had finished wiping the Lakers off the map (or the Lakers had finished wiping themselves off, depending on who you ask), Ron Artest had himself a little party. And at this party, he finally auctioned off his 2010 NBA Championship ring with all proceeds going to support mental health awareness. The winner, among stars like Denzel Washington and the Laker fan elite? Raymond Mikkael, father of four from Hawthorne, California.

Artest really is a hero for doing this, and it’s a sacrifice that shows his commitment to the cause. As much as it may seem insulting to others who have the ring or just more of Artest being wacky, giving back this way gets him press (much like this). A simple donation would be a footnote in an article about the Lakers getting trounced by Miami, but auctioning off the championship ring gets more people interested and could really do some good. It’s a sacrifice, but in the end, that’s sometimes the only way to truly create change.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.