Ron Artest’s Meeting With Kids & The Top NBA News

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Ron Artest walks to the parade bus as the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their NBA championship with a parade in Los Angeles on June 21, 2010. The Lakers defeated Celtics to win the championship . UPI Photo/Lori Shepler Photo via Newscom

Ron Artest meet with over 250 children on Thursday at  Eastmont Intermediate School.  Artest discussed the importance of mental health and seeking assistance when needed.  Artest also spoke about his experiences with mental health problems and his childhood temper issue.  The assembly Artest gave to the children,  was an example of how appreciative he is towards psychiatrists and the help they offer.  Artest plans to auction off his championship ring,  and will give the funds to develop more mental-health advisors in schools.  A very nice gesture by Ron Artest, he may be “crazy,” but Artest had shown that he is a very nice guy.

Ron Artest spoke to children about the importance of mental health: OC Register

Ron Artest plans to auction off his championship ring: OC Register Lakers Blog

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Derek Fisher gave the New Orleans Saints a motivational speech about repeating as champions, before the played their season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.  And so far, his speech has worked, the Saints beat the Vikings, 14-9. [OC Register]

According to Forbes Magazine, the happy number in earnings to live in the Los Angeles area is $106,500.  Which means, that  Kobe Bryant is perhaps the happiest man in LA.  Next year Kobe is expected to make $24,806,250, add that to a possibility of a sixth title— wow, he is living the high life. [ESPN Los Angeles]

Luke Walton is enjoying his summer, despite the rehab he is going through in order to heal his back.  Take a look at what the Walton boy has been up to. [BasketBlog]

Matt Barnes’ fiancée stated that there was no violence between her and Barnes, the reports were false.  This is a strange turn of events in the Barnes case.  Even though both partners had visible marks on their bodies, apparently there was no violence. [USA Today]

Number five on Lakers.com top ten plays of the 2009-2010 season is… Pau’s tip in against the Oklahoma City Thunder.  [Lakers.com]

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Pat Riley has heard all the haters bash the Heat and is anxious to start the season.  Riley wants the Heat to prove all the naysayers wrong and win a title for the city.  News-flash Riley, the “haters” may just be right! [NBA.com]

Juan Carlos Navarro scored 27 points and led the “Pau-less” Spain national team to a win over Slovenia in a consolation game.  [NBA.com]

The Charlotte Bobcats are giving the former third overall pick, Darius Miles, another shot at the NBA.  Miles has been invited to the Bobcats’ training camp. [ESPN.com]

The Nets sign  a former number one draft pick! No not LeBron James, but Joe Smith. The terms of the contract are undisclosed. [Dime Mag]

Francisco Elsen has agreed to terms with the Utah Jazz.  The Jazz have added another big man, after losing their star Carlos Boozer. [Slam Mag]

The Bulls and Nuggets are discussing a possible trade that will send Carmelo Anthony to play with Derrick Rose in Chicago.  However, the Bulls may have to give up some valuable pieces, like Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. [Slam Mag]

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