The NBA- Where Craziness Happens: Metta World Peace
Name: Metta World Peace
Birth Name: Ronald William Artest, Jr.
NBA Teams: Chicago Bulls (1999-2002)
Indiana Pacers (2002-2006)
Sacramento Kings (2006-2008)
Houston Rockets (2008-2009)
Los Angeles Lakers (2009-present)
Ron Artest Photo 1
There are only a few people in the history of mankind who could easily put anyone into “listening mode” when they start to talk. The elite list of those people includes great historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. Amazingly, the list also includes the name of LA Lakers forward Metta World Peace, whose interviews happen to be just as entertaining as his on-the-court performances.
Formerly known as Ron Artest, Metta World Peace became known as a great defensive player who could harass an opposing team’s best player to the point of being shut down. He was awarded the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award and was also named in the NBA All-Defensive Team four times. He played a crucial role in LA’s championship run in the 2009-2010 season where he earned his first championship ring in his NBA career.
Why he is in the NBA- Where Craziness Happens?
Before Metta World Peace tried to adopt a more peaceful attitude appropriate with his new name, he was known as Ron Artest, the man who incited the infamous Pacers-Pistons Brawl in 2004. The brawl is regarded as one of the worst brawls in the history of all sporting events.
The incident happened when Artest committed a hard foul against Piston’s center Ben Wallace, despite the Pacers’ commanding lead over the Pistons with just 45.9 seconds left in the game clock. Wallace retaliated which resulted into a fight between players of both teams. Artest then laid himself down on the scorer’s table to placate himself (a technique that was shared to him by a friend) when after just a little while, a fan in the name of John Green, threw a soft drink can to Artest. All hell broke loose after that as Artest charged into the stands to get even.
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Probably to somewhat lessen the negative stigma to his reputation of the 2004 Pacers vs. Pistons Brawl, Ron Artest legally changed his name to Metta World Peace in September 2011. In his quest of reinventing himself as a more serene and peaceful basketball player, Artest made a weird reply when asked about the reason for his name change. He said that the reason for his new name is “to inspire and bring youth together all around the world.”
His weird answer concerning his new name change is just an example of World Peace's out-of-this-world replies. Once he starts talking, a funny comment or just a plain weird anecdote of him could be expected. A lot of players, coaches, and fans have concluded that Metta World Peace a.k.a. Ron Artest is indeed a legitimate lunatic or could possibly be on the verge of a total mental breakdown. Nonetheless, his eccentric and outlandish behavior has added color to his basketball career which gave us- the fans- something to talk about after the final buzzer.
Here is a funny interview of Metta World Peace after the Lakers won the 2010 NBA Championship:
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Ron Artest Photo 1:
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Ron Artest Photo 2:
by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty