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Remembering Ron Artest and Preparing For World Peace

Last Friday it was announced that Lakers forward Ron Artest had officially changed his name to Metta World Peace. Artest had been contemplating this name change for three years before finally drawing the motivation to do so from Chad Ochocinco of the New England Patriots. Let us take a look back at the player that was Ron Artest and is now Metta World Peace. ARTEST VS ARIZA The Lakers acquired Ron Artest vi ...

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Reality Shows’ Popularity with Prominent Lakers

The rise of reality programming on television is largely based on the overwhelming popularity and consistent interest in sports programing on television. Sporting events bring in big viewers, especially dedicated viewers whose majority happens to be a sought after, yet hard to reach demographic. Nobody loves this more than the advertisers. Like sports programming, reality television has the unexpected facto ...

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Ron Artest’s Future with the Lakers

There was one reason why Mitch Kupchak brought Ron Artest to the Los Angeles Lakers: defense. Artest's hiring brought many questions to the Lakers' community because of his erratic and sometimes violent behavior on the court. In fact, it was Ron Artest who got into a verbal altercation on the court with Kobe Bryant a few months prior to his joining the Lakers' squad.  This altercation took place during the ...

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Lakers Head into Game 3 with Their Backs Against the Wall

Mavs Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Jason Kidd SG: DeShawn Stevenson SF: Shawn Marion PF: Dirk Nowitski C: Tyson Chandler Key Reserves: G Jason Terry, G J.J. Barea, C Brendan Haywood, F Peja Stojakovic The Lakers have found themselves down two games with the next two on the road. To make matters worse, Ron Artest is suspended for this game due to an inexplicable flagrant foul at the end of Game 2. I’m not ...

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Lakers Looking to Advance in Playoffs; Eliminate Hornets

Hornets Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Chris Paul SG: Marco Belinelli SF: Trevor Ariza PF: Carl Landry C: Omeka Okafor Key Reserves: G Willie Green, C Aaron Gray, G Jarrett Jack, F/C Jason Smith Injuries: David West It’s closing time in New Orleans and the expected time of return for the Hornets is next season. Don’t expect the pesky Hornets to go down easy. The Lakers will need to be in championship form. ...

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Ariza looking for Vindication in Lakers Series

The Lakers’ decision to not increase their initial contract offer to Trevor Ariza in 2009 and then opting to immediately sign Ron Artest, without giving Trevor the chance to explore his options no doubt hurt Trevor. Initially, many in the media, such as Bill Plaschke, thought the move was a mistake by the Laker brass considering they were coming off a championship season with Ariza and taking a huge risk on ...

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Trading Spaces: Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza Meet Again

The Hornets visited Staples Center last night, the last time these two teams battled in LA ex-Laker DJ Mbenga was honored with his ring for last season’s championship. There’s another ex-Laker on that Hornets squad that I’m sure some Laker fans wouldn’t mind having back. The 25 year-old Trevor Ariza, who would certainly help disprove the champs are too old to three-peat notion; a notion that has been brough ...

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Weekly Laker Limelight: Ron Artest

Over the final six weeks of the season we’ll examine each player on the Lakers’ roster and discuss what their contributions will mean during the playoffs as the Lakers aim for a three-peat. We’ll cover one starter each week and then discuss the bench unit collectively. Today we'll be looking at one of the most enigmatic player on the team, Ron Artest. After auctioning his ring for charity last summer, Ron R ...

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It’s Official; Artest Owns Durant Outright

Monday nights 7 point win over the Thunder was probably the biggest and most impressive win for the Lakers this season. The Lakers have struggled mightily against the elite teams in the NBA and they desperately needed the W for their confidence in addition to trying to build some momentum going into the All Star break. While a team coming off two straight championships doesn’t have their confidence shaken e ...

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Road to the Repeat: Bringing the Heat

Tonight at the downtown hoop dojo (Staples), the Lakers (14-3) finally take on an opponent with a winning record as Miami (10-8) and D Wade come to town. Recently a series of blow outs have caused some extreme comfort in La La Land, Lakers fans feeling good about the impressive showings since the return of Gasol. However, concern has still been looming in regards to the lack of competition. Those thoughts w ...

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