Ron Artest up for citizenship award

Updated: March 31, 2011, 8:46 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Ron Artest has come a long way from the Palace at Auburn Hills.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward, who once endured the longest suspension in NBA history stemming from the Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons brawl in 2004, was nominated for the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award, the Pro Basketball Writers Association announced Thursday.

The distinction is awarded to the player, coach or trainer who shows "outstanding service and dedication to the community."

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