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Playoffs vindicating Lakers' choice

PER Diem: June 2, 2010

Originally Published: June 2, 2010
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Ron Artest/Trevor ArizaNBAE/Getty ImagesTrevor Ariza (left) made his mark on the Lakers' '09 title run, but there's a new golden boy in L.A.

Now that the Lakers are back in the NBA Finals, it shines a brighter light than ever on one of the few key decisions L.A. had to make since winning the title 12 months ago: The de facto trade of Trevor Ariza for Ron Artest.

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