Lakers’ Ron Artest Auctioned Championship Ring but Kept Box

The thirty one year old Ron Artest has been one of the most controversial characters of the NBA in recent years, probably since Dennis Rodman (but the latter was the worst). Sporting a quite eccentric and outspoken behavior, Artest would be misunderstood by many people, including his peers. The earlier part of Artest’s career was marred by controversies especially the Detroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers brawl that took place on November 19, 2004. He would be suspended for the remainder of the season, which were seventy three games and the entire playoffs. Infamous Pistons-Pacers Brawl: Video not available
The thirty one year old veteran has played for 5 NBA teams. When the Lakers (his fifth team) signed him on July 2009 on a 5-year deal worth about $33 million, it marked the new beginning for Artest, who was deemed troubled in his earlier years and needs a new environment where he could fit in and be a champ. The 6 foot 8 forward, who won Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 with the Pacers (his second team), was signed for his defensive prowess mainly as substitute for Trevor Ariza who went to play for the Houston Rockets. Fortunately, he won a title in his first year with the Lakers and in his first trip to the NBA Finals last June. Artest speaks regarding brawl Recently, Artest bizarrely auctioned off his one and only championship ring to raise funds for a campaign to boost mental health awareness. He is probably the only NBA player in history to do so when many NBA players would kill just to win one. Wonder what retired stars like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton, and Reggie Miller taught of the idea…… Anyhow, Artest auctioned it off and the ring went to Raymond Mikkael. Mikkael, a father of four children, claimed he only spent around $100 on raffle tickets and was surprised he won the coveted jewelry in which only a few could attain. Mikkael told the media that before Artest awarded him the ring; the Lakers star had 1 condition: he would keep the box to himself. We only hope that someday, Ron-Ron would not regret this even if it was done for a good cause. (via TMZ)



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