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ko8e24
04-01-2011, 02:00 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6278704



LOS ANGELES -- Ron Artest has come a long way from the Palace at Auburn Hills.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward, who once endured the longest suspension in NBA history stemming from the Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons brawl in 2004, was nominated for the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award, the Pro Basketball Writers Association announced Thursday

The distinction is awarded to the player, coach or trainer who shows "outstanding service and dedication to the community."

Artest is one of four nominees along with Orlando's Dwight Howard, Chicago's Kyle Korver and Portland's Marcus Camby.

Artest is being recognized for his work in raising awareness for mental health issues which included him raffling off his 2010 championship ring to amass more than $650,000 that was distributed to various mental health charities.

Artest is also a member of the Mental Health in Schools Act Task Force, working with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (Calif.) to generate government support for the cause.

The award is voted on by the approximate 150 writers in the PBWA and will be presented to the winner sometime after the regular season is completed.

The J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award has been handed out annually since the 1974-75 NBA season and is named after Kennedy, the league's commissioner from 1963-75. Sacramento Kings center Samuel Dalembert received the award last season to recognize his efforts to provide relief to victims of the devastating earthquake in his native Haiti.

sunsfan88
04-01-2011, 02:02 AM
Its Artest.

Any guy that gives up his only ring, deserves it.

bulls_world23
04-01-2011, 02:03 AM
Korver and his donations of Hot sauce !!!

Chacarron
04-01-2011, 02:13 AM
Hope Artest wins it, he's changed dramatically. He is still crazy, but he does care about the community.

49erGiantLaker
04-01-2011, 02:18 AM
Its Artest.

Any guy that gives up his only ring, deserves it.

This

disgruntledbull
04-01-2011, 02:24 AM
wheres lu deng

GREATNESS ONE
04-01-2011, 02:30 AM
I would love for it to be Artest and I think he would appreciate it more and come full circle in his life and basketball.

RangersMets
04-01-2011, 02:44 AM
Ron Artest has the best produced song, he gets my vote.