2010 NBA Champions: From the Palace of Auburn Hills To the Top of Beverley Hills


Just six years ago now, Ron Artest was back in the hood; he was in Auburn Hills, MI, instead of his old NY city projects, but he was still at the bottom of his career. On November 19, 2004 the infamous Pacers-Pistons Brawl occurred.

With less than a minuet left in the game, a fight broke out between the players. The crowd went crazy. A fan had decided to throw a beer at Ron Artest. This led to an even worse situation when Artest decided to jump into the stand to fight the fan.

Nine players were suspended, including Artest, and the fan was banned from attending anymore Pistons home games.

At this point in Artest's life, he had nothing to live for. He had been suspended from the NBA for a full season and his reputation hit an all time low.

I can't imagine how the man must have felt at the time. Artest had already been through enough. Growing up in a rough neighborhood surrounded by violence and drugs and on top of that, Artest had nobody in his life to truly depend on, someone to go to in times of need. Basketball was the only thing that was keeping him going.

Then last year, Ron Artest somehow revived his career in the 2008-2009 season. His defense was back, and he was leading his team, the Houston Rockets to the NBA Playoffs. There, Artest met yet another obstacle in his life: Kobe Bryant. Though he had accomplished a lot as an NBA player, he was still missing something, a championship, and he could not overcome Kobe Bryant to reach his ultimate goal. So he decided to join the man whom he could not defeat.

Today must have been Artest's best moment, his "happy ending" as you will. Artest finally became a champion, helping his one-time nemesis Kobe Bryant inch that much closer to the great MJ.

I mean without him, today's game could have easily gone Boston's way. Artest had 20 (PTS), 5 crucial (STLS), and 5 (REBS). None big...

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