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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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Kevin    

Hey Brian go f*ck yourself you a$****.

1511 days ago
32.

WaxOnWaxOff    

I am not a basketball fan at all, but I will say this much... This guy is obviously a class act. Kudos to him!

1511 days ago
33.

Mr. Bate    

NICE GUY!

1511 days ago
34.

coroner    

I "was" a Pacer season ticket holder during the rough years Ron ws there. He has been my favorite player since then. It is great to see his success somewhere that can appreciate his talent and passion for basketball and fans. Obviously, Indiana can't recognize **** on toiletpaper...get out of town Pacers!

1511 days ago
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Anonymous    

Thank you Ron. Very very nice Mr.Artest.

1511 days ago
36.

dd    

Good job! I thought you were trying to sabatoge my Lakers! A-OK

1511 days ago
37.

Erin    

What a great guy! I'm tired of hearing crap on the Lakers, what a great guy you are Artest! Going to get your first ring of many this year!

1511 days ago
38.

mary    

ron artest - classy move!

1511 days ago
39.

vice    

So LE BRON GIVE TO ME $15.000.oo cash much better !

1511 days ago
40.

Lisa    

Ron that was a real class act. Thank you for recognizing that not all of your fans can afford the cost of the tickets to see you play. You will be blessed for your generosity.
Best of luck on winning the 2010 Championship.

1511 days ago
41.

Lasher    

This guy is nuttier than squirrel poop, but what a great thing to do.

1511 days ago
42.

dw    

$18,000 for two tickets and Buss can't afford to bring Phil back at his current salary? Gimme a break.

1511 days ago
43.

Judi Mills    

I am an Aussie who knows nothing about NBL, but what a legend this man is. What a beautiful heart. Good luck with the finals, and I am sure karma will find you. This story totally warmed my heart!!

1511 days ago
44.

Carmen     

I LOVE THIS GUY!!!!!!!!!!! what a great example of a sucessful HUMAN BEING ♥ ♥ ♥

1511 days ago
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vindog    

Wow, what a quality gesture. I am not Ron's biggest fan, but he is making progress. Hell do something to screw it up, but I am now hopeful that he doesn't. I think we all ant to like everyone if they can stay grounded and humble to an extent.

1511 days ago
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