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Ron Artest Buys $18,000 in Lakers Tix for Fans

6/3/2010 7:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With Game 1 of the NBA Finals starting in just a few hours -- TMZ has learned two Los Angeles Lakers fans will be sitting courtside at the Staples Center ... on Ron Artest's dime.

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The two $9,000 tickets were given away this morning in a contest on Power 106 radio in L.A. -- but the winners had no idea that Ron paid for them out of his own pocket.

We called Ron to find out why he shelled out for the seats and he told us, "Most of my fans can't afford the ticket prices to come to any of the games, let alone the Finals.  I wanted to treat a fan to something they would normally never have access to, so they could feel like one of the stars for the night."

Ron added, "I feel like just a regular person at the end of the day, and I wanted to be able to share my first Finals experience with one of my regular fans."

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Brian    

He just wants to buy the Lakers' Fans off. What a joke...

1512 days ago
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Quiet    

nice

1512 days ago
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Professor Obvious    

Thanks Ron!

1512 days ago
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RyGuy    

Hey, suck a **** Brian. The guy is trying to cool to someone who couldn't otherwise afford the tix. Go Lakers!!!

1512 days ago
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matthew vykydal    

ron artest, everyday i grow more and more respect for u as a laker. your game is improving tremendously and from how u interact with ur fans u are far from a normal guy. i think ur exceptional dude. after you win the finals show me how "normal" u are, and come shoot hoops with me in my driveway, then u will be normal!!

1512 days ago
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john     

I never liked Ron (though he is a great player) but I now have a ton of respect for him. Good-on-ya Ron, this was an awesome thing to do.

1512 days ago
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tmz@frog.cc    

Why should Jack Nicholson and Leo Dicaprio pay? ha ha!

1512 days ago
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OMG!    

RON IS THE MAN!!!!!!

1512 days ago
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rexcars    

Everyone says he's a good guy off the court. This certainly helps his cause

1512 days ago
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Crocrdoll    

It is a pretty cool thing to do, but the reason that you feel like a regular person at the end of the day is because you are.

1512 days ago
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Dobby    

Aww! Nice. Khloe, you married the wrong guy, hon...

1512 days ago
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TRUTH    

Love you Ron , hella kewl ...

1512 days ago
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jenny    

GO CELTICS!!!!!!!!!



That was nice of Ron Ron though :)

1512 days ago
14.

filthy_v    

THE NBA CARES!

1512 days ago
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Jessi    

What a cool guy. Nice to see a celebrity/athlete being so cool and down to earth. How refreshing.

1512 days ago
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