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No, I don’t know what’s going on with the Los Angeles Times’ love-him-or-hate-him TJ Simers, whose sports column has disappeared from the paper since June 2, when he staged a free throw shooting contest between his grown daughter, Kelly Nielsen, and NBA star Dwight Howard Simers, whose sports column has disappeared from the paper in June after he staged a free throw shooting contest with Dwight Howard.

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These guys enjoy a good deal of pampering as it is, and thus President Obama apparently felt no remorse in enlisting Kobe Bryant and his fellow NBA champs from the Los Angeles Lakers to spend a day serving the D.C. community rather than resting on their nest of laurels.

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The Lakers forward is known for his antics-- such as showing up to a talk show in his underwear -- but he's becoming famous for talking about an issue that is often concealed: mental health Artest is funding therapy and mental health awareness through the sale of his championship ring and possibly the donation of his entire $679 million 2011-2012 salary (more).

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When the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship in June, the team and private donors paid the $2 million tab for the victory celebration The same can't be said for Michael Jackson's July 7 public memorial at Staples Center, unfortunately.

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Kobe Bryant and the Lakers brought the NBA championship trophy back to Los Angeles and with it cause for celebration, but how can a city struggling to make ends meet justify the traditional $2 million victory parade? By making the team and private donors pay for it.

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Dress the White House in purple and gold, the president is backing Los Angeles in the NBA finals. It's probably because of his uncommonly good taste and high basketball IQ, but it could also have something to do with the 39 percentage points by which he won Los Angeles in the presidential election.

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