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Queens>Queens, New York| high_school = La Salle Academy(New York City, New York)St. John's Red Storm men's basketball>St. John's (1997–1999)| draft_year = 1999| draft_round = 1| draft_pick = 16| draft_team = Chicago Bulls| career_start = 1999| career_end = 2017| coach_start = 2017| career_position = Small forward| career_number = 15, 23, 91, 93, 96, 37, 5119992001|end}}| team1 = Chicago Bulls20012005|end}}| team2 = Indiana Pacers20052007|end}}| team3 = Sacramento Kings2008|full=y}}| team4 = Houston Rockets20092012|end}}| team5 = Los Angeles Lakers2013|full=y}}| team6 = New York Knicks2014–15 CBA season>2014| team7 = Sichuan Blue Whales2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A>2015| team8 = Pallacanestro Cantù20152016|end}}| team9 = Los Angeles Lakers| cyears1 = 2017–present| cteam1 = South Bay Lakers (player development)| highlights = }}Metta World Peace (born Ronald William Artest Jr.; November 13, 1979) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is currently the player development coach for the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League. 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 when he was also named an NBA All-Star and earned All-NBA honors. He was a participant in several controversial on-court incidents, most notably the Malice at the Palace, and is known for his sometimes eccentric and outspoken behavior. He won an NBA championship in 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.Artest played high school basketball at La Salle Academy and college basketball at St. John's University. He has played for six teams in the NBA.{{TOCLimit|3}}

Early life

Metta World Peace was born Ronald William Artest Jr. on November 13, 1979, and raised in the Queensbridge projects in Long Island City, Queens, New York. He has two younger brothers, Isaiah and Daniel.NEWS, Adam, Aasen, The man behind the melee,weblink Indiana Daily Student, February 10, 2005, April 11, 2010,weblink" title="">weblink December 9, 2013, dead, He played high school basketball at La Salle Academy. He also teamed with future NBA players Elton Brand and Lamar Odom on the same Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team.Growing up, Artest witnessed the murder 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."A wild and crazy night: Kobe gets tough, Artest gets angry and the NBA has some decisions to make. Retrieved on May 7, 2009. 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.Player Dies in Stabbing at Basketball Game. (April 15, 1991). Retrieved on April 27, 2012.

College career

Artest played college basketball at St. John's University from 1997 to 1999. At St. John's, he majored in mathematics.Ron Artest Pro and College Stats {{webarchive|url= |date=September 27, 2007 }}. (November 13, 1979). Retrieved on April 27, 2012.WEB,weblink Ron Artest Bio Page,, November 13, 1979, December 29, 2010, 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.Artest gained fame playing around New York City in some of its high-profile summer basketball tournaments—Nike Pro City in Manhattan, Hoops in the Sun Tournament at Orchard Beach in The Bronx, and The Dyckman Basketball Tournament at Dyckman Park in Washington Heights—earning himself nicknames such as Tru WarierWEB,weblink Ron Artest,, December 29, 2010, and The New World Order, with the latter name received from Randy Cruz who is a co-founder of Hoops in the Sun basketball league.

Professional career

Chicago Bulls (1999–2002)

Artest was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA draft.1999 NBA draft1999 NBA Draft | Basketball-Reference.comArtest 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. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in the 1999–2000 season.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.Tim Davenport, "A Ron Artest Review: The Soap Opera So Far", Silver Screen and Roll, July 4, 2009.

Indiana Pacers (2002–2006)

On January 27, 2003, Artest got into a verbal altercation with Miami Heat head coach Pat Riley and flashed an obscene gesture into the crowd and was suspended for four games.WEB,weblink Volatile Artest suspended four games without pay, January 29, 2003,, 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. Artest made the 2004 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve and was named the Defensive Player of the Year. He wore three jersey numbers for the Pacers: 15, 23, and 91.

Pacers–Pistons brawl

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 involved Artest, Pistons center Ben Wallace, Artest's teammates Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson, several other players, and spectators including Pistons fans John GreenNEWS,weblink Fan details strides made since brawl, November 19, 2009,, November 19, 2009, and A.J. Shackleford.NEWS,weblink Artest, Jackson charge Palace stands, November 21, 2004,, The fight resulted in the game being stopped with less than a minute remaining. 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.WEB, Suspensions without pay, won't be staggered,weblink ESPN, November 22, 2004, June 2, 2012,

Aftermath and trade

Early in the 2005–06 season, Artest requested a trade from the Indiana Pacers and was put on the team's inactive roster. 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".'Betrayed' Bird says Artest must go – December 27, 2005. MSNBC (December 27, 2005). Retrieved on April 27, 2012.On January 24, 2006, reports from NBA sources confirmed that the Sacramento Kings had agreed to trade Peja Stojaković to the Pacers for Artest. 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.

Sacramento Kings (2006–2008)

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Artest during his tenure with the Sacramento Kings.
Though traded midseason to the Kings franchise, Artest quickly found his place on the team by providing some much-needed defense.NEWS, Mike, Kahn, Artest has Kings back in playoff hunt,weblink Fox Sports (USA), Fox Sports, March 14, 2006,weblink" title="">weblink May 24, 2006, Though many{{who|date=February 2019}} 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. After acquiring Artest in late January 2006, the team immediately went on a 14–5 run, the team's best run of the season. 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."NBA Preview – Lakers At Kings – March 14, 2006. (March 14, 2006). Retrieved on April 27, 2012. 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.NEWS, Sam, Amick, Q & A: Artest hits the road and the hardwood,weblink The Sacramento Bee, C1, July 9, 2006,weblink" title="">weblink May 12, 2008, 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.

Houston Rockets (2008–2009)

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Artest playing for the Houston Rockets in the 2008–09 NBA season.
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.Rockets agree to send pick, Greene, Jackson to Kings for Artest. (July 31, 2008). Retrieved on April 27, 2012. The deal was made official on August 14, due to Greene's rookie contract signing on July 14.WEB, It's official: Rockets acquire Ron Artest in blockbuster trade,,weblink August 14, 2008, 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."NEWS, Jonathan, Feigen, Despite Yao's comments, Artest seems happy about future,weblink Houston Chronicle, July 30, 2008, August 14, 2008, 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."NEWS, Feigen, Jonathan,weblink Rockets hoping Artest ends playoff drought, Houston Chronicle, August 15, 2008, December 29, 2010, 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. 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 that this technical was unwarranted and reckoned it 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.NEWS, Rockets down Blazers, advance to second round for first time in 12 years,weblink CBS Sports, May 1, 2009, May 1, 2009, 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.Sheridan, Chris. League also looking at Celtics-Magic, May 7, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 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.WEB,weblink Artest not suspended for Game 4, foul downgraded,, May 9, 2009, December 29, 2010,

Los Angeles Lakers (2009–2013)

File:Maggette Artest.jpg|thumb|upright|left|230px|Artest with Corey MaggetteCorey MaggetteIn July 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Artest to a five-year deal worth about $33 million.WEB, Lakers officially sign Ron Artest,weblink July 7, 2009, July 7, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 11, 2009, WEB, Marc, Stein, Artest says he's leaving Rockets for LA,weblink July 2, 2009, July 2, 2009, WEB,weblink NBA free agents: Ron Artest gets his wish, finally becomes a Los Angeles Laker, ESPN, July 8, 2009, December 29, 2010, 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.WEB, Aretest, Brown sign contracts,weblink July 8, 2009, July 8, 2009, 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. 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 â€“ a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter â€“ to virtually seal the victory.NEWS,weblink ESPN, June 17, 2010, July 7, 2010, Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers â€“ Box Score â€“ June 17, 2010 â€“ ESPN, Afterwards, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson called Artest the most valuable player of Game 7 against the Celtics.NEWS, Dwyer, Kelly, Lakers take Game 7, win back-to-back titles, June 18, 2010,,weblinkweblink February 21, 2011, dead, NEWS, Solomon, Jerome, Artest was Game 7 MVP for Lakers, June 18, 2010, The Houston Chronicle,weblinkweblink February 21, 2011, dead, He won his first championship ring with the Lakers.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.NEWS,weblink ocregister, August 20, 2010, August 20, 2010, Ron Artest switching to No. 15 Lakers jersey,weblink" title="">weblink August 22, 2010, dead, On April 26, 2011, Artest won the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.WEB, McMenamin, Dave, Ron Artest wins citizenship award,weblink ESPN, April 26, 2011, Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace during the offseason. He came into training camp for the {{nbay|2011|full|app=season}} out of shape. Consequently, new Lakers coach Mike Brown moved World Peace to a reserve role with reduced playing time.NEWS, McMenamin, Dave, World Peace declining? Nah, just "bored", January 26, 2012,,weblinkweblink February 14, 2012, live, World Peace lamented that Brown's coaching style placed too much emphasis on statistics.NEWS, Berger, Ken, Lakers, World Peace struggling to adjust to Brown and vice versa, February 11, 2012,,weblinkweblink February 14, 2012, dead, File:Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace.jpg|thumb|upright|200px|World Peace and Laker Pau Gasol against Washington's JaVale McGeeJaVale McGeeOn 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. He received a flagrant foul 2 and was immediately ejected. Harden stayed on the floor for several minutes and left the game for evaluation.WEB, McMenamin, Dave, Metta World Peace ejected for elbow, April 22, 2012,,weblink April 22, 2012, Harden was later found to have suffered a concussion.NEWS, Mayberry, Darnell, OKC Thunder: James Harden faces rigorous evaluation, uncertain return to court after concussion, April 22, 2012, NewsOK,weblink April 22, 2012, After the game, World Peace apologized in front of reporters, stating that the elbow was "unintentional."WEB, Medina, Mark, Metta World Peace apologizes for ejection, doesn't take questions, April 22, 2012, Los Angeles Times,weblink April 23, 2012, 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.WEB, Metta World Peace suspended for 7, April 24, 2012,,weblink April 24, 2012, After a 1–4 start to the 2012–13 season, the Lakers fired Brown as head coach and hired Mike D'Antoni. On December 18, 2012, in a win against the Philadelphia 76ers, he grabbed a career high 16 rebounds to add to his 19 points. On January 11, 2013, he suffered a right leg injury against the Thunder that would hamper him for two months.NEWS, McMenamin, Dave, Metta World Peace feeling, playing better, March 17, 2013,,weblinkweblink April 12, 2013, dead, 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.NEWS, Pincus, Eric, Metta World Peace out with torn meniscus in left knee, March 26, 2013, Los Angeles Times,weblinkweblink April 10, 2013, live, He underwent surgery that was originally estimated to sideline him for six weeks.NEWS, Rohlin, Melissa, Ready for surgery, Metta World Peace tweets he's ready to play, March 28, 2013, Los Angeles Times,weblinkweblink April 10, 2013, live, 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.NEWS, McMenamin, Dave, Rapid Reaction: Lakers 104, Hornets 96, April 9, 2013,,weblinkweblink April 10, 2013, live, NEWS, McMenamin, Dave, Metta World Peace details his recovery, April 9, 2013,,weblinkweblink April 10, 2013, live, The Lakers qualified for the playoffs as the seventh seed,NEWS, Lakers 99, Rockets 95, OT, April 17, 2013,, Associated Press,weblink April 18, 2013, but were swept 4–0 by San Antonio in the first round.NEWS, Dwight Howard ejected as Spurs finish sweep of Lakers, April 28, 2013,, Associated Press,weblinkweblink April 29, 2013, live, 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.NEWS, Spurs send Lakers to worst home playoff loss, brink of elimination, April 26, 2013,, Associated Press,weblinkweblink April 28, 2013, live, He missed the final game of the series,NEWS, McMenamin, Dave, Lakers depleted again for Game 4, April 27, 2013,,weblinkweblink April 28, 2013, live, and later admitted he came back too soon.NEWS, McMenamin, Dave, 2012-13 Lakers Report Card: Starting five, May 6, 2013,,weblinkweblink May 7, 2013, live, 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".On July 11, 2013, after four seasons with the Lakers, the team waived World Peace via the amnesty clause to gain relief from the salary cap.WEB, Lakers Waive Metta World Peace Under Amnesty Provision,weblink, Turner Sports Interactive, Inc., July 11, 2013, July 15, 2013, WEB, Metta World Peace eyes future,weblink, July 9, 2013, July 15, 2013,

New York Knicks (2013–2014)

On July 16, 2013, World Peace signed a two-year deal with the New York Knicks.WEB,weblink Knicks Sign Metta World Peace, July 16, 2013,, Turner Sports Interactive, Inc., July 16, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 18, 2013, On February 24, 2014, he was waived by the Knicks after they bought out his contract.WEB,weblink Knicks Waive Metta World Peace And Beno Udrih,, Turner Sports Interactive, Inc., February 24, 2014, February 24, 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 3, 2014, NEWS, Knicks buy out Metta World Peace,weblink February 24, 2014,, February 24, 2014, WEB,weblink Knicks release Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, Ben Golliver,, August 25, 2015,

China and Italy (2014–2015)

On August 4, 2014, World Peace signed with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.WEB,weblink Metta World Peace officially signs with Sichuan Blue Whalework=Sportando.comDaniel Orton. In 15 games, World Peace averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.DANIEL ORTON JOINS CBA TO REPLACE METTA WORLD PEACEWORK=GLOBAL TIMESURL=HTTP://WWW.GLOBALTIMES.CN/CONTENT/895985.SHTMLARCHIVEDATE=DECEMBER 13, 2014, live, On March 24, 2015, World Peace signed with Pallacanestro Cantù of Italy for the rest of the 2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A season.WEB,weblink Pallacanestro Cantù announces Metta World Peace, March 24, 2015, Sportando, August 25, 2015, 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.WEB,weblink Metta World Peace, a.k.a. The Panda's Friend, was ejected from final game of Italian season – SportsNation – ESPN,, August 25, 2015,weblink" title="">weblink July 22, 2015, dead, In July 2015, he parted ways with the club after the two parties could not come to a new contract agreement.WEB,weblink Metta World Peace won't return to Cantù, GM says, July 20, 2015, Sportando, August 25, 2015,

Return to the Lakers (2015–2017)

On September 24, 2015, World Peace signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, returning to the franchise for a second stint.WEB,weblink Lakers Sign Metta World Peace,, September 24, 2015, September 24, 2015, On November 6, 2015, he made his season debut in a 104–98 win over the Brooklyn Nets,WEB,weblink Bryant, Lakers beat winless Nets for 1st victory,, November 6, 2015, November 10, 2015, playing 17 minutes with a plus-minus of 12.NEWS, Singh, Ramneet,weblink Kobe Bryant On Metta World Peace: 'Raises The Play Of Everybody On The Floor',, November 8, 2015, November 10, 2015, Teammate Kobe Bryant praised him for his impact on "everybody on the floor defensively".On September 21, 2016, World Peace re-signed with the Lakers.WEB,weblink Lakers Sign Metta World Peace,, September 21, 2016, September 23, 2016, On April 11, 2017, World Peace scored a team-leading 18 points in the second half to help the Lakers extend its longest winning streak in four years to five games with a 108–96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. He had the ball in his hands with the crowd on its feet for the Lakers' final possession in what was potentially his final game at Staples Center. During the game, he got his 1,716th and 1,717th career steals to move past Ron Harper for 22nd place in NBA history.WEB,weblink Metta scores 18 in possible farewell, Lakers top Pels 108-96,, April 11, 2017, April 12, 2017, During the offseason, World Peace played with the New Orleans Gators of the Global Mixed Gender Basketball (GMGB) League.WEB,weblink THE NEW ORLEANS GATORS SIGN METTA WORLD PEACE FORMERLY KNOWN AS RON ARTEST,, August 25, 2017, September 30, 2017,

Coaching career

On October 23, 2017, World Peace was hired as a player development coach by the South Bay Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers' development-league team in the NBA G League.WEB,weblink South Bay Lakers Hire Metta World Peace as Player Development Coach,, October 23, 2017, October 23, 2017, WEB, Ganguli, Tania,weblink Metta World Peace rejoins Lakers organization in new role for fan favorite,, October 23, 2017, October 23, 2017, During the offseason in 2018, he played 3x3 basketball with the BIG3. He played under the name Ron Artest at the request of league co-founder Ice Cube, who wanted to "turn back the clock a little bit".NEWS, Peter, Josh, Ron Artest is back: Metta World Peace turns back clock in BIG3 league, June 21, 2018, USA Today,weblink

NBA career statistics

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Regular season

{{NBA player statistics start}} {{nbaytrunc=y}} Chicago| 12.0 {{nbay|2000}} Chicago| 11.9 {{nbay|2001}} Chicago2.8 >.9 >| 15.6 {{nbay|2001}} Indiana| 10.9 {{nbay|2002}} Indiana| 15.5 {{nbay|2003}} Indiana| 18.3 {{nbay|2004}} Indiana41.6 >.496 >.412 >.922 >.9 >| 24.6 {{nbay|2005}} Indiana| 19.4 {{nbay|2005}} Sacramento4.2 >| 16.9 {{nbay|2006}} Sacramento6.5 >| 18.8 {{nbay|2007}} Sacramento| 20.5 {{nbay|2008}} Houston| 17.1 {{nbay|2009}}† L.A. Lakers| 11.0 {{nbay|2010}} L.A. Lakers82 >82 >| 8.5 {{nbay|2011}} L.A. Lakers| 7.7 {{nbay|2012}} L.A. Lakers| 12.4 {{nbay|2013}} New York| 4.8 {{nbay|2015}} L.A. Lakers| 5.0 {{nbay|2016}} L.A. Lakers| 2.3 class="sortbottom" Career| 13.2 class="sortbottom" All-Star| 7.0


{{NBA player statistics start}} 2002 Indiana.462 >2.6 >| 11.8 2003 Indiana42.0 >| 19.0 2004 Indiana6.5 >1.1 >| 18.4 2006 Sacramento| 17.4 2009 Houston4.2 >| 15.6 2010† L.A. Lakers23 >23 >| 11.2 2011 L.A. Lakers.443 >| 10.6 2012 L.A. Lakers| 11.7 2013 L.A. Lakers1.000 >| 6.0 class="sortbottom" Career| 13.9

Media presence

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Artest celebrates at the 2010 Lakers Championship parade.


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.WEB,weblink Ron Artest to get own reality series, April 1, 2010, Vlessing, Etan, The Hollywood Reporter, April 5, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink April 4, 2010, On December 18, 2010, an art show honoring Artest was held in Toronto, Canada. Entitled Lovable Badass,Lovable Badass: Artists on Artest. (December 28, 2010). Retrieved on April 27, 2012. 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."NEWS,weblink Art show on Artest overwhelms the Lakers forward – Toronto Star, Canada, The Star, Dave, Feschuk, December 19, 2010, Artest was part of the line-up for the thirteenth season of the reality show Dancing with the Stars, though he finished in last place, being eliminated in the show's first week.NEWS, Shelburne, Ramona, Ron Artest talks name-change holdup, September 1, 2011,,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink live, November 12, 2011, In October 2012, he appeared as a panelist on Nickelodeon's game show Figure It Out.In September 2013, he made the first in a recurring series of skits on the Comedy Central sketch show Key and Peele called "Metta World News", in which he plays a newscaster.{{YouTube|IWMLFaADXvM |Key & Peele: Metta World News – Rhetoric}}Peace competed against actor Skylar Astin in an episode of Spike's Lip Sync Battle that aired June 21, 2017. He performed Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain" and Katy Perry's "Roar" but did not win.WEB,weblink Hear Metta World Peace 'Roar': Lakers Star Does His Best Katy Perry on 'Lip Sync Battle', Billboard, Alexandra, Halterman, June 19, 2017, March 6, 2019, In January 2018, it was announced that World Peace was a contestant in the first U.S. edition of Celebrity Big Brother.WEB, Hearon, Sarah, 'Celebrity Big Brother' Cast Revealed,weblink February 7, 2018, Us Weekly, January 28, 2018, Metta became the fourth celebrity to be evicted from the house on Day 20. He also appeared in the second season as part of a Head of Household competition.

Artest Media Group

World Peace is the founder of the Artest Media Group. Established in 2010, the brand management company's clients include himself and music artists Vinita, Deacon, Sade Artest, Rugby, and Emmaline Cleary. Music producers Wip, Q, and Lucky are also associated with the group. On February 19, 2013, World Peace was awoken by a squad of police who received a tip there had been gun play within his property. Authorities were quick to recognize their mistake after World Peace explained that the armed individuals were actors shooting a "life on the streets"-styled movie for his group.NEWS, Outside Metta World Peace's home, real cops confront fake gunmen,weblink February 22, 2013, Los Angeles Times, February 20, 2013,


On October 31, 2006, Artest released a rap album entitled My World. He published the album on the Lightyear Records label under his own imprint, Tru Warier Records. The album features guest artists P. Diddy, Juvenile, Mike Jones, Big Kap, Nature and Capone.


He has become involved in advocacy relating to mental health issues.WEB
, Ron Artest speaks candidly about mental health â€“ ESPN Los Angeles
, December 23, 2010
, In December 2010, he announced that he would donate some or all of his salary for the 2011–12 NBA season toward mental health awareness charities. Artest also auctioned off his 2009–10 championship ring and donated the proceeds to various mental health charities nationwide.WEB
, Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest to donate salary to mental health charity â€“ ESPN Los Angeles
, December 23, 2010
, In 2016, he told Sports Illustrated, "Some people don’t understand mental health is broad. You have to ask questions. Are you depressed? Are you schizophrenic? Do you have anxiety? Are you bipolar? Those are the different things that come under the banner of mental health."Nadkarni, Rohan Metta World Peace Q&A: Lakers forward on mental health and more Sports Illustrated. June 7, 2016He has posed for PETA ad campaigns encouraging people to report animal abuse and to have their pets fixed.WEB,weblink Jonathan, Lloyd, Metta World Peace Returns to LA on PETA Billboard, July 25, 2013,, NBC4, October 18, 2015,

Disciplinary and legal issues

Early career incidents

During his rookie season in Chicago, he was criticized for applying for a job at Circuit City in order to get an employee discount.NEWS, Michael, Wilbon, In Artest, Sacramento Gets A King-Size Nuisance,weblink The Washington Post, E01, January 26, 2006, NEWS, Artest Timeline: Ron-Ron's troubled past,weblink, March 22, 2007, In a December 2009 Sporting News interview, Artest admitted that he had led a "wild" lifestyle as a young player, and that he drank Hennessy cognac in the locker room at halftime while with the Bulls.NEWS, Steve, Greenberg, SN Conversation with Ron Artest: 'I used to drink Hennessy at halftime', December 2, 2009,weblink Sporting News,, December 2, 2009, In February 2004, he wore a bathrobe over his practice uniform to a Pacers practice as "a symbolic reminder to take it easy".NEWS, Artest aiming to be ready for playoffs,weblink, February 23, 2004, Artest was suspended for three games in 2003 for destroying a TV camera at Madison Square Garden, and for four games the same year for a confrontation with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley. 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.WEB,weblink Road trippin' with Tru Wariers, Sam, Alipour, ESPN Page 2, October 4, 2006, October 31, 2014,

Pacers–Pistons brawl

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 CokeNEWS,weblink Fan details strides made since brawl, November 19, 2009,, November 19, 2009, "I remember throwing the cup, actually a cup of Diet Coke, not a beer, but I had been drinking and I've had issues with alcohol in the past", 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.On November 21, the NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the regular season, plus any playoff games. All told, Artest missed 86 games (73 regular season games plus 13 playoff games), the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history. Eight other players (four Pacers and four Pistons) received suspensions, without pay, which ranged from one to thirty games in length. Each of the players involved were levied fines and ordered to do community service. Several fans were also charged and were banned from attending Pistons games for life. Artest lost approximately $5 million in salary due to the suspension.WEB,weblink Palace brawl lives in infamy 1 year later, November 26, 2005, MSNBC,weblink April 18, 2012, live,

Legal issues

On March 5, 2007, Artest was arrested for domestic violence, and excused from the Sacramento Kings indefinitely by GM Geoff Petrie.NEWS, Kings suspend Artest after domestic violence arrest,weblink, March 6, 2007, On March 10, Kings announced that Artest would return to the team, while his case was being reviewed by the Placer County District Attorney.NEWS, Sam, Amick, Kings reinstate teary-eyed Artest after two-game absence.,weblink The Sacramento Bee, March 10, 2007, On May 3, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail and community service. Artest spent only 10 days in the jail, as the judge stayed 10 days of the sentence, and served the remainder in a work release program.NEWS, Matt, Watson, Ron Artest Sentenced to 20 Days (He'll Likely Never Serve),weblink AOL, AOL Sports Blog, FanHouse, May 3, 2007, On July 14, 2007, the NBA suspended Artest for seven games at the beginning of the 2007–08 NBA season for his legal problems.NEWS,weblink Jackson, Artest suspended following court pleas,, Associated Press, July 15, 2007, July 15, 2007, In 2007, Artest was forced to relinquish ownership of his dog, a Great Dane, for malnutrition and neglectweblink

Personal life

On September 16, 2011, Artest's name was officially changed to Metta World Peace.NEWS,weblink We have World Peace: Ron Artest gets name change, Bolch, Ben, September 16, 2011, Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2011, WEB,weblink Court approves Artest's name change to Metta World Peace,, Associated Press, September 16, 2011, March 12, 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 14, 2014, "Metta" is his first name, and "World Peace" is his surname. "Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world", World Peace said in a statement released after the name change court hearing. His publicist, Courtney Barnes, said that World Peace chose Metta as his first name because it is a traditional Buddhist word that means loving kindness and friendliness towards all.In the years after the brawl in the Palace, Artest was prescribed antidepressant medication which he flushed down the toilet. He wore just his boxer shorts in an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." He then went to Dr. Santhi Periasamy, a psychologist who helped him turn his life around and whom he thanked publicly when the Lakers won the 2010 championship.WEB,weblink 7 June 2019, World Peace and Kimsha Artest (née Hatfield) were married for 6 years. Kimsha was a cast member on VH1's reality TV show (Basketball Wives: LA). The two have three children together: Sadie, Ron III, and Diamond.WEB,weblink Rockets forward Artest thrives on competitive nature, Jonathan, Feigen, Houston Chronicle, August 9, 2008, September 17, 2011, Kimsha and World Peace, who was still named Ron Artest at the time, married in June 2003 and divorced in 2009.WEB,weblink Ron Artest: I've Been Divorced for Years!, TMZ, July 25, 2011, September 17, 2011, World Peace has another son, high school basketball player Jeron, with his former high school girlfriend Jennifer Palma.WEB,weblink Artest puts himself to the test, Jill, Lieber, USA Today, October 26, 2005, September 17, 2011, WEB,weblink Artest Makes A Play For Custody Of His Son, NY Daily News, September 12, 2006, September 17, 2011, He put a brother through law school and became a grandfather with the birth of his eldest daughter, Sade's, first child.World Peace has his own company, The Artest Management Group. The company helps athletes with tax preparation and also has a film division.He also has an interest in mathematics which started in high school, and which he uses in developing a sports app and in taking analytics classes at UCLA.WEB,weblink Ron Artest finds peace amid mental health journey, 18 December 2018, 7 June 2019, In the late 1990s, Artest became a close friend of American-born Irish basketball player Jermaine Turner. The pair met on the playgrounds of New York and played together in tournaments at Rucker Park.WEB, Shannon, Kieran,weblink The Kieran Shannon Interview: Superman Jermaine Turner still going strong,, January 29, 2017, July 5, 2017,

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