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Sorry it’s been a while (well ok a long while) since Lakerstats statistics have been updated, but unfortunately real life got in the way of keeping everything current. But as you can see we’re slowly getting last season updated and within the next few weeks we should be totally up to date. We got several emails asking us if we were still updating the site, and the answer is “yes,” it’s just been a little harder the last year or so. Appreciate hearing from those of you who do actually use these stats from time to time. Glad to know they are useful. Thanks!
So he finally wins a title and a ring in the NBA, and the first thing Ron Artest wants to do is sell it? Well that’s what he plans to do, according a report on NBA.com.
In his campaign to promote mental health, Artest will sell his championship ring as a fundraiser to help provide more psychologists and therapists in schools. Quite a bold and classy act for a man who once started US professional sport’s most-notorious brawl in Detroit in 2003.
“You work so hard to get a ring, and now you have a chance to help more people than just yourself, instead of just satisfying yourself,” he said. “What’s better than that? For me, this is very important.”
Artest hopes to raise awareness in one of college sport’s most under-covered issues, mental health. And by doing his part to help make mental health therapy more readily available to students at a younger age, there is hope it will curtail the attempts of suicide amongst college players. According to the report on NBA.com, around 20-25 athletes in Division I sports attempt suicide each year.
You really need to take your hat off to Ron. The turnaround he has made in his career, with all of his admitted emotional issues, is quite amazing. Rarely do you see an athlete attack his own demons head-on during his playing years like he has, and come out a winner.
If you’re interested in the entire story about Artest and his battle with mental-health awareness, you can read it on NBA.com.
It didn’t start out as a thing of beauty though, as the Lakers struggled through most of the first half. They trailed by as many as 16 early in the second quarter before the second unit made a run, keyed by Trevor Ariza and Jordan Farmar, who scored 16 off the bench.
The Lakers finally took the lead near the end of the half and led 50-48 at the break. Kobe Bryant took over early in the second half, and wound up finishing with 23 points, and two spectacular blocks on Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. Pau Gasol had his best game of the season, scoring 20 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and blocking three shots.
The Rockets’ “Big 3″ of Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, and Ron Artest managed only 23 points combined, and shot a putrid 9-33 (27.2%) from the field. McGrady made only 1-11 shots from the floor, a 3-pointer early in the first half. The highlight of the night for the Rockets were the 20 points off the bench from second year guard Aaron Brooks, who hit 8-15 shots, including 3-6 from the arc.
The Lakers now go out on a tough two-game trip this week, playing at Dallas on Tuesday, and then in New Orleans Wednesday as part of a back-to-back. They return home on Friday to host to the Detroit Pistons and their newly-acquired superstar Allen Iverson.
This is the Lakers first 5-0 start since 2003-04.
Phil Jackson, along with Indiana’s Rick Carlisle, were named NBA Coaches of the Month for games from October 28th through November.
The Lakers were 14-3 through November, and have won 25 straight home regular season games, including a 10-0 start this year. They’re also currently on a 6-game winning streak and have impressive blow-out wins over Indiana and San Antonio in the last week.
The Lakers are second in the league in scoring at 103.1 points per game, and in field goal percentage at .472.