Metta World Peace
American basketball player
Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was known as Ron Artest before legally changing his name in September 2011. World Peace gained a reputation as one of the league's premier defenders as he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004.
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16 Of The Longest Suspensions In Sports History
Yahoo News - 9 months
Performance-enhancing drugs and gambling have derailed a handful of great careers.Keywords: Suspension, Ban, NFL, MLB, NBA, Tennis, Maria Sharapova, Alex Rodriguez, Ron Artest, Lance Armstrong, Black Sox, Ryan Braun, Luis Suarez
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Bravo Orders Con-Artist Dark Comedy 'My So Called Wife' to Series
Yahoo News - 11 months
The series marks Bravo's third scripted original.
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The Most Ridiculous Things That Happened On Planes This Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By: Matt Meltzer Credit: Flickr/Matt_Weibo It's scientifically proven that flying makes you look and feel your absolute worst. So it shouldn't shock anybody that it can also make you act your absolute worst too. And while most of us just throw on our Beats and suffer through the experience, some passengers -- occasionally with the aid of alcohol -- absolutely lose it when they get airborne. This year, air travelers experienced more than their fair share of weird. Here are some of the craziest things that happened on planes in 2015. More: Every Question You've Ever Had About Flying Answered by a Pilot Woman stabs seatmate with a pen If it weren't for customs declaration forms, 2015 may well have been the year TSA finally banned ballpoint pens from planes too. A sleeping passenger on a Southwest flight from Chicago to Manchester, NH, awoke to a woman stabbing him in the arm with a ballpoint pen; she was trying to stop him from snoring so loudly. The attacker was esco ...
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A Reimagining of Kobe Bryant's Farewell Poem, 'Dear Basketball,' Using His Own Words
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The world has not been kind to Kobe Bryant's poem. The Black Mamba announced his retirement via ode the other day, and, in discussing it, almost everyone channeled their inner literary critic long enough for a potshot or two at Kobe's literary chops. Rolling Stone mocked it with the headline "Kobe Bryant Rages Against the Dying of the Light in Retirement Poem" and our favorite quip came from The Peach Basket, which tweeted that "it was like if a Robert Frost poem took its own sense of self-satisfaction and used it to assault a John Donne love poem." But not everyone was a detractor. Poetry Professor Nick Twenlow was quoted in the New York Times saying, "It's not the worst poem I ever read." Poet Jameson Fitzpatrick praised the tube sock imagery, and none other than the walking poetry machine formerly known as Ron Artest, Bryant's teammate Metta World Peace, told Lakers beat reporter Mark Medina, "Kobe can write. He's a better writer than you." It just so happens that we rec ...
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A Reimagining of Kobe Bryant's Farewell Poem, 'Dear Basketball,' Using His Own Words
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The world has not been kind to Kobe Bryant's poem. The Black Mamba announced his retirement via ode the other day, and, in discussing it, almost everyone channeled their inner literary critic long enough for a potshot or two at Kobe's literary chops. Rolling Stone mocked it with the headline "Kobe Bryant Rages Against the Dying of the Light in Retirement Poem" and our favorite quip came from The Peach Basket, which tweeted that "it was like if a Robert Frost poem took its own sense of self-satisfaction and used it to assault a John Donne love poem." But not everyone was a detractor. Poetry Professor Nick Twenlow was quoted in the New York Times saying, "It's not the worst poem I ever read." Poet Jameson Fitzpatrick praised the tube sock imagery, and none other than the walking poetry machine formerly known as Ron Artest, Bryant's teammate Metta World Peace, told Lakers beat reporter Mark Medina, "Kobe can write. He's a better writer than you." It just so happens that we rec ...
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For Metta World Peace's Birthday, His 10 Greatest Moments
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Metta World Peace, aka Ron Artest, aka The Panda's Friend, aka The Queensbridge Gawd, turned 36 today. And since the Los Angeles Lakers haven't appropriately honored him by building a statue outside Staples Center alongside other team greats like Magic Johnson and Jerry West, we at HuffPost Sports did the next best thing: We compiled his greatest moments.    Also on HuffPost: (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519109523&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=0&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataLoaded=track5min.DL&onTimeUpdate=track5min.TC&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTi ...
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10 NBA Players With New Teams We're Irrationally Excited About
Huffington Post - over 1 year
We recently learned why the NFL is a "Not For Long" league. The NBA may not mirror it in that regard, but every season brings an assortment of new teams for new players. This year is no different. As we get set for Golden State's title defense, here are the 10 players changing rosters who we are most excited about.  (Check out more of our NBA preview coverage here.)  Rajon Rondo, Sacramento Kings A wildly talented former NBA champion, the 29-year-old Rondo gets another shot at redemption, albeit this time with the lowly Kings. Last December, Dallas traded for the veteran point guard, hoping he would help spark an offense that needed an infusion of quickness and tempo. Not only did the trade not work, but Rondo was essentially exiled from the team after his pitiful playoff performance against Houston. The Kings are an interesting landing destination for the four-time All-Star in that he will receive plenty of minutes and the opportunity to run pick-and-roll with a ...
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Metta World Peace Says 'Not Every Kardashian' Needs To Be With Lamar Odom
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When former NBA star Lamar Odom was taken to the hospital last week after being found unconscious at a brothel, his estranged wife Khloe and the rest of the Kardashian clan rushed to Las Vegas to be by his side.  One person who's not happy about the reality TV family's presence at the hospital? Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), an old teammate, and even older friend, of Odom's. World Peace recently spoke with the Los Angeles Daily News about the Kardashians visiting.   "This is nothing against Khloe," said World Peace. "This is for the celebrities that are coming to see Lamar. They should know they’re taking time away from Lamar’s children."  The Lakers forward, who said he has not visited Odom, continued, "The only Kardashian that needs to be there is Khloe. Not every Kardashian needs to be around. They need to keep it simple, so Lamar’s children can see him whenever they want to see him. They’re waiting in line to see their own father."  World Peace isn't the ...
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Metta World Peace Says 'Not Every Kardashian' Needs To Be With Lamar Odom
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When former NBA star Lamar Odom was taken to the hospital last week after being found unconscious at a brothel, his estranged wife Khloe and the rest of the Kardashian clan rushed to Las Vegas to be by his side.  One person who's not happy about the reality TV family's presence at the hospital? Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), an old teammate, and even older friend, of Odom's. World Peace recently spoke with the Los Angeles Daily News about the Kardashians visiting.   "This is nothing against Khloe," said World Peace. "This is for the celebrities that are coming to see Lamar. They should know they’re taking time away from Lamar’s children."  The Lakers forward, who said he has not visited Odom, continued, "The only Kardashian that needs to be there is Khloe. Not every Kardashian needs to be around. They need to keep it simple, so Lamar’s children can see him whenever they want to see him. They’re waiting in line to see their own father."  World Peace isn't the ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Metta World Peace
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 35
    In July 2015, he parted ways with the club after the two parties could not come to a new contract agreement.
    More Details Hide Details On September 24, 2015, World Peace signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, returning to the franchise for a second stint. On November 6, he made his season debut in a 104–98 win over the Brooklyn Nets, playing 17 minutes with a plus-minus of 12. Teammate Kobe Bryant praised him for his impact on "everybody on the floor defensively". In April 2010, it was announced that Artest would help develop and produce his own reality show, They Call Me Crazy, in conjunction with E1 Entertainment and Tijuana Entertainment. On December 18, 2010, an art show honoring Artest was held in Toronto, Canada. Entitled Lovable Badass, the show featured work by 30 Canadian and American artists, illustrators, painters and sculptors inspired by the athlete. Artest made a surprise appearance at the exhibition's opening night, commenting that “(the show) was definitely special. It was unexpected. Overwhelming.”
  • 2014
    Age 34
    Due to a recurrent knee injury, he was replaced on the roster in December 2014 with Daniel Orton.
    More Details Hide Details In 15 games, World Peace averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. On March 24, 2015, World Peace signed with Pallacanestro Cantù of Italy for the rest of the 2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A season. On May 27, 2015, in Cantù's Game 5 quarter-final loss to Reyer Venezia Mestre which ended their season, World Peace was ejected from the game and charged with five fouls after getting involved in a skirmish during the fourth quarter.
    On February 24, 2014, he was waived by the Knicks after they bought out his contract.
    More Details Hide Details On August 4, 2014, World Peace signed with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.
  • 2013
    Age 33
    On January 11, 2013, he suffered a right leg injury against the Thunder that would hamper him for two months.
    More Details Hide Details Around the same time, he also had an injury to his right arm that made it difficult to bend. His health worsened to the point where D'Antoni moved him off the perimeter on defense and had him guard power forwards instead. By mid-March, he was able to guard the perimeter again. On March 25, against the Golden State Warriors, World Peace tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee. He underwent surgery that was originally estimated to sideline him for six weeks. Despite the estimates, he returned 12 days after his surgery. In his absence, D'Antoni was using a reduced seven-man rotation with Kobe Bryant playing close to all 48 minutes each game. World Peace wanted to reduce his teammates' workload, if even for a few minutes, as the Lakers fought to qualify for the playoffs. The Lakers qualified for the playoffs as the seventh seed, but were swept 4–0 by San Antonio in the first round. Due to the Lakers' other injuries, World Peace played in Game 3 in spite of running with discomfort after having fluid drained from a cyst behind his surgically repaired left knee. He missed the final game of the series, and later admitted he came back too soon. For the season, he averaged his most points (12.4) since 2008-09, and shot his highest percentage (.404) since 2009-10. Still, ESPN wrote those numbers indicated that "the 33-year-old is clearly on the decline".
  • 2012
    Age 32
    On December 18, 2012, in a win against the Philadelphia 76ers, he grabbed a career high 16 rebounds to add to his 19 points.
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    On April 24, 2012, World Peace was suspended for seven games, meaning he would miss the Lakers' season finale game against the Sacramento Kings as well as the first few games of the playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details After a 1–4 start to the 2012–13 season, the Lakers fired Brown as head coach and hired Mike D'Antoni.
    On April 22, 2012, in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, World Peace elbowed James Harden in the head as he was celebrating a dunk.
    More Details Hide Details He received a flagrant foul 2 and was immediately ejected. Harden stayed on the floor for several minutes and left the game for evaluation. Harden was later found to have suffered a concussion. After the game, World Peace apologized in front of reporters, stating that the elbow was "unintentional."
  • 2011
    Age 31
    On April 26, 2011, Artest won the NBA's J.
    More Details Hide Details Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace during the offseason. He came into training camp for the out of shape. Consequently, new Lakers coach Mike Brown moved World Peace to a reserve role with reduced playing time. World Peace lamented that Brown's coaching style placed too much emphasis on statistics.
  • 2010
    Age 30
    For the 2010–2011 season, Artest switched back to number 15, his college number at St. John’s and the first number he wore in his NBA career.
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    In Game 5 of the 2010 Western Conference Finals, Artest hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer after grabbing a last second offensive rebound.
    More Details Hide Details He scored 25 points against the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 and went to the NBA Finals for the first time in his career. In the finals, the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics, four games to three. Artest scored 20 points in the clincher and sank the team's last field goal – a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter – to virtually seal the victory. Afterwards, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson called Artest the most valuable player of Game 7 against the Celtics. He won his first championship ring with the Lakers.
    He won an NBA championship in 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
    More Details Hide Details Artest played high school basketball at La Salle Academy and college basketball at St. John's University. World Peace has played for six teams in the NBA. Metta World Peace was born Ronald William Artest, Jr., and raised in the Queensbridge projects in Queens, New York. He has two younger brothers, Isaiah and Daniel. He played high school basketball at La Salle Academy.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    Artest also auctioned off his 2009–10 championship ring and donated the proceeds to various mental health charities nationwide.
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    In July 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Artest to a five-year deal worth about $33 million.
    More Details Hide Details Artest chose the number 37 jersey, which he said was in honor of Michael Jackson. Jackson's Thriller album was at No. 1 on the charts for 37 straight weeks.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    On October 30, 2008, Artest received his first technical as a Houston Rocket, as he raced towards a group of Dallas Mavericks players and then quickly went to Yao Ming who bumped Josh Howard after play stopped.
    More Details Hide Details Artest was trying to pull Yao away from the play and to the foul line, but contact was made with Maverick players. The TNT broadcast crew felt this technical was not warranted, and was based upon Artest's prior reputation as a feisty player in the league. In the playoffs, Artest helped the Rockets advance past the first round for the first time in 12 seasons. In Game 2 of the second round against the Los Angeles Lakers, Artest, who was battling for rebounding position with Kobe Bryant, was elbowed in the neck by Bryant, which was later ruled to be a Type 1 flagrant foul. After being called for an offensive foul, Artest was indignant and proceeded to antagonize Bryant after the play, which eventually led to an ejection by Joe Crawford. In Game 3, Artest was again ejected in the fourth quarter after a hard foul on Pau Gasol, who was attempting to dunk on a fast-break. It was determined the next day that the foul was not serious enough to warrant an ejection, and the flagrant foul was downgraded.
    On July 29, 2008, it was reported that Artest was to be traded to the Houston Rockets along with Patrick Ewing, Jr. and Sean Singletary for Bobby Jackson, recently drafted forward Donté Greene, a 2009 first-round draft pick, and cash considerations.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was made official on August 14, due to Greene's rookie contract signing on July 14. In response to the trade, Yao Ming was generally positive, but jokingly said that "hopefully he's not fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands." In response, Artest said, "This is Tracy (McGrady) and Yao's team, you know. I'm not going to take it personal. I understand what Yao said, but I'm still ghetto. That's not going to change. I'm never going to change my culture. Yao has played with a lot of black players, but I don't think he's ever played with a black player that really represents his culture as much as I represent my culture." Artest and Yao later exchanged extensive phone calls. Artest also said, "Whatever Adelman needs me to do, whether that's come off the bench, sixth, seventh man, start, I don't even care. Whatever he needs me to do, I'm 100 percent sure it's going to work out."
  • 2006
    Age 26
    After acquiring Artest in late January 2006, the team immediately went on a 14–5 run, the team's best run of the season.
    More Details Hide Details The Kings broke .500 and landed the eighth spot in the Western Conference. This prompted ESPN to declare that "Ron Artest has breathed new life in the Sacramento Kings and enhanced their chances of reaching the playoffs for the ninth straight year." Fox Sports proclaimed, "Artest has Kings back in playoff hunt." He was suspended for Game 2 of the team's first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs following a flagrant foul (elbow to the head) on Manu Ginóbili. The Kings eventually were eliminated from the playoffs in six games. After the playoffs, Artest offered to donate his entire salary to keep teammate Bonzi Wells with the team, who became a free agent after the 2005–06 NBA season. He even jokingly threatened to kill Wells if he did not re-sign with the Kings. Wells was later picked up by the Houston Rockets and then traded to the New Orleans Hornets for former Sacramento Kings player Bobby Jackson. Artest also offered to donate his salary to retain the services of head coach Rick Adelman, whose contract expired after the same season. Adelman and the Kings did not agree on a contract extension so the two parted ways.
    On January 24, 2006, reports from NBA sources confirmed that the Sacramento Kings had agreed to trade Peja Stojaković to the Pacers for Artest.
    More Details Hide Details However, before the trade could be completed, many press outlets reported that Artest had informed team management that he did not want to go to Sacramento. According to Artest's agent, his original trade request was only made because he was upset when he heard rumors that the Pacers were going to trade him to Sacramento for Stojaković early in the season. While not denying his agent's story, Artest did deny that he had rejected the trade to Sacramento, saying that he would play anywhere; hence, contradicting earlier press accounts stating Artest was holding up the trade. Given conflicting accounts, it is unclear why the trade was delayed, but it was nevertheless completed on January 25 and Artest was officially sent to the Kings for Stojaković. Though traded midseason to the Kings franchise, Artest quickly found his place on the team by providing some much needed defense. Though many feared his abrasive personality would be a problem, he worked well with his teammates and then-coach Rick Adelman. Artest wore #93 for his jersey number with the Kings.
  • 2005
    Age 25
    Early in the 2005–06 season, Artest requested a trade from the Indiana Pacers and was put on the team's inactive roster.
    More Details Hide Details Artest's call for a trade created a rift between him and his teammates. "We felt betrayed, a little disrespected," teammate Jermaine O'Neal said. As for their basketball relationship, O'Neal said: "The business relationship is over. That's fact." Pacers president Larry Bird said he also felt "betrayed" and "disappointed".
  • 2004
    Age 24
    On November 19, 2004, Artest was at the center of an altercation among players and fans during a game in Auburn Hills, Michigan, between Artest's Pacers and the home team Detroit Pistons.
    More Details Hide Details The brawl involved Artest, Pistons center Ben Wallace, Artest's teammates Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson, several other players, and spectators including Pistons fans John Green and A. J. Shackleford. The fight resulted in the game being stopped with less than a minute remaining. Jermaine O'Neal, Jackson and Wallace were suspended indefinitely the day after the game. A day later, the NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the regular season, plus any playoff games. Artest missed 86 games, the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history.
    He was also suspended for two games early in the 2004–05 season by Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle after he allegedly asked for a month off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album for the group Allure on his Tru Warier production label, on which he released his own album, a rap recording titled My World, in October 2006.
    More Details Hide Details On November 19, 2004, Artest was at the center of an altercation among players and fans during a game in Auburn Hills, Michigan between Artest's Pacers and the home team Detroit Pistons. The brawl began when Artest fouled Pistons center Ben Wallace as Wallace was putting up a shot. Wallace, upset at being fouled hard when the game was effectively over (the Pacers led 97–82 with less than 50 seconds to go), responded by shoving Artest, leading to an altercation near the scorer's table. Artest walked to the sideline and lay down on the scorer's table. Reacting to Wallace throwing something at Artest, Pistons fan John Green threw a cup of Diet Coke at Artest, hitting him. Artest jumped into the front-row seats and confronted a man he incorrectly believed to be responsible, which in turn erupted into a brawl between Pistons fans and several of the Pacers. Artest returned to the basketball court, and punched Pistons fan A.J. Shackleford, who was apparently taunting Artest verbally. This fight resulted in the game being stopped with less than a minute remaining. Artest's teammates Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were suspended indefinitely the day after the game, along with Wallace.
    Artest made the 2004 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve and was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details He wore three jersey numbers for the Pacers: 15, 23 and 91.
    He was a participant in several controversial on-court incidents, most notably the 2004 Pacers–Pistons brawl, and is known for his sometimes eccentric and outspoken behavior.
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  • 2003
    Age 23
    Kimsha and World Peace, who was still named Ron Artest at the time, married in June 2003 and divorced in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details World Peace has another son, Jeron, with his former high school girlfriend Jennifer Palma.
    During the 2003–04 season with the Pacers, he averaged 18.3 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game.
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  • 2001
    Age 21
    Midway through the 2001–02 season, Artest was traded by Chicago to the Indiana Pacers along with Ron Mercer, Brad Miller, and Kevin Ollie, in exchange for Jalen Rose, Travis Best, Norman Richardson, and a 2nd round draft pick.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in the 1999–2000 season.
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    Artest was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Artest played a total of 175 games for the Bulls over 2-1/2 years, the bulk as a starter, during which time he averaged about 12.5 points and just over 4 rebounds per game.
    In 1999, he led the Red Storm to a 14-4 record in the Big East Conference and 28-9 overall and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Tournament, losing to Ohio State.
    More Details Hide Details Artest gained fame playing in some of New York City's high profile summer basketball tournaments at Nike Pro City, Hoops in the Sun at Orchard Beach, Bronx, New York and Dyckman Park at Washington Heights, earning himself nicknames such as Tru Warier and The New World Order, a name he received from Randy Cruz (one of the co-founders of the Hoops In The Sun basketball league at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, New York). As a teenager, Artest was teamed with future NBA players Elton Brand and Lamar Odom on the same Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team. Growing up, Artest witnessed the death of a fellow player on a basketball court in Niagara Falls, New York. "It was so competitive, they broke a leg from a table and they threw it, it went right through his heart and he died right on the court. So I'm accustomed to playing basketball really rough." The player to whom Artest was referring was 19-year-old Lloyd Newton, who was stabbed in the back with a broken-off table leg during an altercation at a 1991 YMCA-sanctioned basketball tournament.
  • 1997
    Age 17
    Artest played college basketball at St. John's University from 1997 to 1999.
    More Details Hide Details At St. John's, he majored in mathematics.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on November 13, 1979.
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