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An incredibly cool look at every NBA championship ring, from 1947 to 2010. If you click one link today, make it this one. (And why are you only clicking one link a day?)

Kobe Bryant is launching a new non-profit on Tuesday, aimed at reducing homelessness in Los Angeles. Great, much needed cause.

Anthony Toliver is spending today at clinics for youth in Joplin. Missouri. Another very good cause.

Fun look at the regular halftime acts around the NBA. I prefer quick change to Red Panda, personally.

Is Isiah Thomas’ influence with the Knicks overstated? Depends on who you ask, to tell you the truth.

Thomas is not getting a job as coach or anything else with the Detroit Pistons, either.

What is former sharpshooter Glen Rice up to now? MMA fight promoter. Of course.

Ian Mahinmi had a long, difficult course to the NBA. He’s a good story. Sunday night was not the highlight of that.

Shaquille O’Neal talks about his retirement.

Charles Barkley says Shaq is coming to television (which means somebody is losing their job).

Rule No. 1 for Kevin McHale in Houston? Win. Rule No. 2? Talk to the owner once a week.

Ron Artest auctions off championship ring

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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.

Ron Artest to sell his championship ring to raise money for mental health awareness


Thumbnail image for artestwins.jpgRon Artest does not do things half way. Not on the court — if he is after you defensively he is Pit Bull relentless. Not off the court, which the many tales of his youthful imbibing can attest to.

And not with charity work.

We told you recently Artest was appearing with congresswoman Grace F. Napolitanoto to promote her Mental Health in Schools Act Well that was not just lip service, and he is not just putting his money where his mouth is.

He is putting his championship ring there.

Artest will set up a specialized auction where he will give his ring to the winner. Artest will never wear it, there will be a ceremony the night he gets his ring and he will turn it over to the high bidder, as he told Scott Howard Cooper of NBA.com.

“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…”

“For five years, I’ve been wanting to do this psychology-type of assistance, but I never had an outlet where I could make a big impact, as far as where the most people could see it. It was always like maybe 10 or 20 people seeing what we were doing. The idea came from when I was in Sacramento. I had marriage counseling. I also had anger management. It just made me think that counseling is not something generic. …

As we said before, it may make an easy joke but this is a great cause for Artest. Remember he thanked his psychologist from the podium after Game 7, and therapy seemed to help him come to terms with his demons. He is more mature now (well, except when cited for driving around lately).

People will listen. Maybe somebody who saw a stigma with therapy will seek some help they need. Maybe the money raised will help bring therapy to a school and to a child that otherwise would not have had that outlet.

Not many people would make the level of sacrifice that Artest is willing to. But that’s Artest, when he believes in something he is all in.