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Ron Artest, From Latex Soccer Moms To Playing Dad To NBA Champion

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Over at SB Nation, Andrew Sharp has an excellent column about Ron Artest, the new NBA Champion. Using personal anecdotes, past stories and Artest's amazing display during the postgame interviews Thursday night, it paints a picture of the man who defies all typical athlete labels.

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As misunderstood as Artest has been for his entire career, he's matured since those days in Indiana. His reliance on a therapist signifies as much; he recognizes he's got some issues, and he's dealt with them head-on. He's acknowledged past mistakes, and set himself on a course to change his ways. It's been fascinating to watch, and the crescendo in Game 7 was even better than expected.

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It won't completely undo the pain of watching the Celtics lose a Game 7 in the NBA Finals, but, well, hopefully it at least softens the blow a bit.

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