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Quick, who received the NBA’s Citizenship Award last season? (Hint: He’s never played for the Grizzlies.)

Give up? We’ll answer this one with photos. Did you ever imagine that this guy:

Would become this guy?

Since the infamous “Malice at The Palace,” Ron Artest has sought and received help for his internal issues, became a strong advocate for mental health, even thanking his therapist on the court when the Lakers won the 2010 championship.

This post isn’t about Ron Artest/Metta World Peace. But it does illustrate how we tend to overlook the good works of our NBA athletes — especially when they’re involved in something really bad. Which brings us to the Memphis Grizzlies’ latest addition, Gilbert Arenas.

Sure, Gilbert did something stupid a few years ago. I’m not going to mention it, and if you don’t know what it is, good for you. C.J. Hurt over at MemphiSport.com did an EXCELLENT job of reminding us about “Citizen Zero” — the kinds of things Gilbert does away from the spotlight. Here’s hoping his time is productive in Memphis and that he can finish a career here. Memphis could use more sports heroes like this.

Bonus:

Gilbert spoke with ESPN True Hoop’s Justin Verrier about joining the Grizzlies.

And my friend and sports analyst, J.A. Adande breaks down why the rest of the league might be getting a little nervous about the Grizzlies finally getting all their key players back.

Stay thirsty, my friends. . ..

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