When you think about Ron Artest and his demeanor, it’s hard not to think about the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2006.
He’s clearly not the same person any more, but who could have predicted this new mental health advocate would be nominated for the Walter J. Kennedy Citizenship award?
Artest along with Dwight Howard (Magic), Kyle Korver (Bulls)and Marcus Camby (Blazers) are the finalists for the honor which goes to the NBA player who shows “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”
Earlier this season, Artest auctioned off his newly won championship ring to raise awareness for mental health.
The award has been around since the 1974-1975 season and has been given to either a player, coach, or trainer in the league.