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Ron Artest auctioning NBA championship ring

Ron Artest may have won his first championship ring with the Lakers last spring, but he doesn't plan on keeping it.

October 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
When the Los Angeles Lakers won another NBA title last spring, it was the first for one of their star players.

Ron Artest has pulled some wild antics, but his decision to auction off his ring comes from the heart to raise awareness of mental health.

"If I can give something that I love and I worked so hard for all my life, it will send the message out," Artest said. "It's a powerful message for something that needs to be addressed."

For only $2 a ticket, anyone can win the ring valued at $25,000.

"I have family members who are directly affected by mental health issues," said Artest. "On a large or small scale, I was affected probably right in the medium."