Tuesday night, a little after 7:00 p.m. at Staples Center, all of the Los Angeles Lakers will receive their 2009 NBA Championship rings. áThat is, all of the Lakers except for one starter. Ron Artest just joined the team as a free agent this past summer. áHe will be looking on from the bench with eyes that have seen twelve NBA seasons go by without a ring for himself. Those eyes will be looking on with envy and perhaps a great deal of determination. áThe same determination that caused him to take a salary cut when he signed on as a free agent. With Artest, itÆs a matter of pride not money. áLong considered a defensive stalwart, he is arguably the best on-ball defender in the NBA. áFour times he has had as many as eight steals in a game. áThree times he has had four blocked shots in ...
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