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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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LA    

That's so nice !

1604 days ago
17.

margaret    

Go Ron Go! Box out on those bigs, and make 'em pay for leaving you open.

1604 days ago
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Nancy    

His 1st finals appearance and his last! Bwaahaaaa -- GO CELTICS!!!!

1604 days ago
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Marketing $ociologist    

$18,000 - sounds like Zac Efron's and Vanessa Hudgens' wedding present - this Saturday for nuptials. You mean you didn't get your invite? Ashley Tisday did. http://tiny.cc/a8l2f

1604 days ago
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Jenny Brodnicki    

What a Great Guy, to share his good fortune with his fans. Thank You Mr. Artest anf Good Luck.



J. Schlueter

1604 days ago
21.

Joe B.    

Anyone who pays $9000 for a basketball ticket needs their head examined...don't care if it's the Lakers, Boston, Cleveland or any other elite team.

1604 days ago
22.

Jenny Brodnicki    

What a Great Guy, to share his good fortune with his fans. Thank You Mr. Artest anf Good Luck.



J. Schlueter

1604 days ago
23.

Sue    

That was really generous of him. Not many athletes do this type of gesture. I'm glad that his whole attitude and game plan has changed him for the positive. He's a great athlete, but a better athlete by giving to the less fortunate. Thanks Ron

1604 days ago
24.

annie    

That's awesome - Karma baby! Lakers in 6!!! Thanks for being a good guy. Not so many of them around nowadays!

1604 days ago
25.

imelda    

He is just the greatest. What a great person!!!

1604 days ago
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Jerry N    

Ron is great guy, and that's the coolest sh*t I've heard in awhile. Go Lakers

1604 days ago
27.

DirtyMiner    

I hate the Lakers but have to give Ron props.... very cool gesture!!!

1604 days ago
28.

Andreezy    

We love you Artest!!! Go Lakeeeeeeeeeers (: Let's kick some ass tonight.

1604 days ago
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geronimo    

hard to believe this is the same guy who ran into the stands to beat up a fan. now he's helping out two. karma, i guess?

1604 days ago
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Lilly    

I honestly have no clue who this guy is besides he's a basketball player, and that is probably stinkin rich, but this is a genuinely kind and giving thing for him to do. Wish more rich folk would follow his lead.

1604 days ago
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