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Ron Artest taking mental health push to new reality show

Jun 6, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

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If we just told you Ron Artest was going to have a reality show, you’d just nod. He’s the kind of offbeat personality that works for those shows.

Except, this isn’t “Khloe & Lamar Part II,” Artest’s new reality show that is in the works is not about him at all, according to

Artest — who is no stranger to getting second chances — is helping mentor a group of parolees as part of a show called, “Last Second Shot.” Ron Ron will work with a team of mental health experts and life coaches to help the parolees take control of their lives.

We’re told the production company, 44 Blue Productions, hasn’t pitched the show to any networks yet … but they’re “very high on it.”

This is an extension of the work that won Artest the NBA’s citizenship award, his push to help take the stigma off of seeking mental health services. Artest has said this all stems from his work with a therapist, which he credits with helping turn his life around and helping to get him a championship.

44 Blue has had a lot of experience in reality and documentary television, having gotten a ton of stuff to air including current shows like “Family Court with Judge Penny” and “L.A. Gang Unit.” This sounds like it could be on your television pretty soon.

Mike Brown, welcome to coaching the Lakers. You thought you had distractions and guys with side projects in Cleveland, but it’s nothing like Los Angeles.

  1. randysavage4ever - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    he’s come such a long way – from chicago years to the brawl to the rockets to the lakers game winner game 7 NBA Finals 2010 to now helping society…

    good 4 him…

    I wish more professional athletes were about a CAUSE instead of bentleys, women, & clubs – not that there is anything wrong with that, but its good to have balance, if I were a pro athlete my days in the off-season would go like this… 1) train/practice – morning , 2) charity work/social cause – afternoons , 3) night life – girls, etc , most the times pro athletes are #3 all day every day!

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