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Ron Artest: An unlikely advocate

Laker's bond with his psychologist helped calm him and gave him courage to speak out

Updated: October 19, 2010, 8:32 PM ET
By Shelley Smith | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Ron Artest walked into the room fidgeting, tugging at the sleeves on his wrinkled, blue sport coat. Yes, sport coat. He owns one.

"Had to dig in the back of the closet to find it," he said.

The occasion was not the NBA Finals or even a game at the star-studded Staples Center. Artest was not preparing to strut into some Hollywood party or a TV studio to tape any of the numerous talk shows he'd been on since the Los Angeles Lakers had won a second straight NBA championship. ...

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