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Metta World Peace
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
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
NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
in 2004, when he was also named an NBA All-Star
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
La Salle Academy
and college basketball at St. John's University. World Peace has played for six teams in the NBA.

Contents

1 Early life 2 College career 3 Professional career

3.1 Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
(1999–2002) 3.2 Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
(2002–2006)

3.2.1 Pacers–Pistons brawl 3.2.2 Aftermath and trade

3.3 Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
(2006–2008) 3.4 Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(2008–2009) 3.5 Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(2009–2013) 3.6 New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(2013–2014) 3.7 China and Italy (2014–2015) 3.8 Return to the Lakers (2015–2017)

4 Coaching career 5 NBA career statistics

5.1 Regular season 5.2 Playoffs

6 Media presence

6.1 Television 6.2 Artest Media Group 6.3 Discography 6.4 Advocacy

7 Disciplinary and legal issues

7.1 Early career incidents 7.2 Pacers–Pistons brawl 7.3 Legal issues

8 Personal life 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Early life Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace
was born Ronald William Artest Jr. on November 13, 1979, and raised in the Queensbridge projects in Queens, New York. He has two younger brothers, Isaiah and Daniel.[1] He played high school basketball at La Salle Academy. He also teamed with future NBA players Elton Brand
Elton Brand
and Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom
on the same Amateur Athletic Union
Amateur Athletic Union
(AAU) team.[2] 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."[3] 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.[4] College career Artest played college basketball at St. John's University from 1997 to 1999. At St. John's, he majored in mathematics.[5][2] In 1999, he led the Red Storm to a 14-4 record in the Big East Conference
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 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[6] 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). Professional career Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
(1999–2002) Artest was selected by the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA draft.[7][8] 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. 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
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.[9] Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
(2002–2006) 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 Main article: 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 Green[10] and A.J. Shackleford.[11] 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.[12] Aftermath and trade Early in the 2005–06 season, Artest requested a trade from the Indiana Pacers
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
Jermaine O'Neal
said. As for their basketball relationship, O'Neal said: "The business relationship is over. That's fact." Pacers president Larry Bird
Larry Bird
said he also felt "betrayed" and "disappointed".[13] On January 24, 2006, reports from NBA sources confirmed that the Sacramento Kings
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
Sacramento Kings
(2006–2008)

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.[14] 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. 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
ESPN
to declare that "Ron Artest has breathed new life in the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
and enhanced their chances of reaching the playoffs for the ninth straight year."[15] Fox Sports proclaimed, "Artest has Kings back in playoff hunt."[14] He was suspended for Game 2 of the team's first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs
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
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.[16] Wells was later picked up by the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
and then traded to the New Orleans Hornets
New Orleans Hornets
for former Sacramento Kings
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
Houston Rockets
(2008–2009)

Artest playing for the Houston Rockets
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
Houston Rockets
along with Patrick Ewing, Jr.
Patrick Ewing, Jr.
and Sean Singletary for Bobby Jackson, recently drafted forward Donté Greene, a 2009 first-round draft pick, and cash considerations.[17] The deal was made official on August 14, due to Greene's rookie contract signing on July 14.[18] In response to the trade, Yao Ming
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."[19] 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."[20] On October 30, 2008, Artest received his first technical as a Houston Rocket, as he raced towards a group of Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
players and then quickly went to Yao Ming
Yao Ming
who bumped Josh Howard
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 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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(2009–2013)

Artest with Corey Maggette
Corey Maggette
of Golden State in 2009.

In July 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
signed Artest to a five-year deal worth about $33 million.[24][25][26] 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.[27] 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 – a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter – to virtually seal the victory.[28] Afterwards, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson called Artest the most valuable player of Game 7 against the Celtics.[29][30] 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.[31] On April 26, 2011, Artest won the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.[32] Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace
during the offseason. He came into training camp for the 2011–12 season out of shape. Consequently, new Lakers coach Mike Brown moved World Peace to a reserve role with reduced playing time.[33] World Peace lamented that Brown's coaching style placed too much emphasis on statistics.[34]

World Peace and Laker Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
against Washington's JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee
in 2012.

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. He received a flagrant foul 2 and was immediately ejected. Harden stayed on the floor for several minutes and left the game for evaluation.[35] Harden was later found to have suffered a concussion.[36] After the game, World Peace apologized in front of reporters, stating that the elbow was "unintentional."[37] On April 24, 2012, World Peace was suspended for seven games, meaning he would miss the Lakers' season finale game against the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
as well as the first few games of the playoffs.[38] 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.[39] 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.[39] On March 25, against the Golden State Warriors, World Peace tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee.[40] He underwent surgery that was originally estimated to sideline him for six weeks.[41] 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.[42][43] The Lakers qualified for the playoffs as the seventh seed,[44] but were swept 4–0 by San Antonio in the first round.[45] 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.[46] He missed the final game of the series,[47] and later admitted he came back too soon.[48] For the season, he averaged his most points (12.4) since 2008–09, and shot his highest percentage (.404) since 2009–10. Still, ESPN
ESPN
wrote those numbers indicated that "the 33-year-old is clearly on the decline".[48] 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.[49][50] New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(2013–2014) On July 16, 2013, World Peace signed a two-year deal with the New York Knicks.[51] On February 24, 2014, he was waived by the Knicks after they bought out his contract.[52][53][54] China and Italy (2014–2015) On August 4, 2014, World Peace signed with the Sichuan Blue Whales
Sichuan Blue Whales
of the Chinese Basketball
Basketball
Association.[55] Due to a recurrent knee injury, he was replaced on the roster in December 2014 with Daniel Orton. In 15 games, World Peace averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.[56] On March 24, 2015, World Peace signed with Pallacanestro Cantù
Pallacanestro Cantù
of Italy for the rest of the 2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A
2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A
season.[57] 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.[58] In July 2015, he parted ways with the club after the two parties could not come to a new contract agreement.[59] 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.[60] On November 6, 2015, he made his season debut in a 104–98 win over the Brooklyn Nets,[61] playing 17 minutes with a plus-minus of 12.[62] Teammate Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
praised him for his impact on "everybody on the floor defensively".[62] On September 21, 2016, World Peace re-signed with the Lakers.[63] 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
Ron Harper
for 22nd place in NBA history.[64] During the offseason, World Peace played with the New Orleans Gators of the Global Mixed Gender Basketball
Basketball
(GMGB) League.[65] 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.[66][67] NBA career statistics

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

† Denotes seasons in which World Peace won an NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1999–00 Chicago 72 63 31.1 .407 .314 .674 4.3 2.8 1.7 .5 12.0

2000–01 Chicago 76 74 31.1 .401 .291 .750 3.9 3.0 2.0 .6 11.9

2001–02 Chicago 27 26 30.5 .433 .396 .628 4.9 2.9 2.8 .9 15.6

2001–02 Indiana 28 24 29.3 .411 .215 .733 5.0 1.8 2.4 .6 10.9

2002–03 Indiana 69 67 33.6 .428 .336 .736 5.2 2.9 2.3 .7 15.5

2003–04 Indiana 73 71 37.2 .421 .310 .733 5.3 3.7 2.1 .7 18.3

2004–05 Indiana 7 7 41.6 .496 .412 .922 6.4 3.1 1.7 .9 24.6

2005–06 Indiana 16 16 37.7 .460 .333 .612 4.9 2.2 2.6 .7 19.4

2005–06 Sacramento 40 40 40.1 .383 .302 .717 5.2 4.2 2.0 .8 16.9

2006–07 Sacramento 70 65 37.7 .440 .358 .740 6.5 3.4 2.1 .6 18.8

2007–08 Sacramento 57 54 38.1 .453 .380 .719 5.8 3.5 2.3 .7 20.5

2008–09 Houston 69 55 35.5 .401 .399 .748 5.2 3.3 1.5 .3 17.1

2009–10† L.A. Lakers 77 77 33.8 .414 .355 .688 4.3 3.0 1.4 .3 11.0

2010–11 L.A. Lakers 82 82 29.4 .397 .356 .676 3.3 2.1 1.5 .4 8.5

2011–12 L.A. Lakers 64 45 26.9 .394 .296 .617 3.4 2.2 1.1 .4 7.7

2012–13 L.A. Lakers 75 66 33.7 .403 .342 .734 5.0 1.5 1.6 .6 12.4

2013–14 New York 29 1 13.4 .397 .315 .625 2.0 .6 .8 .3 4.8

2015–16 L.A. Lakers 35 5 16.9 .311 .310 .702 2.5 .8 .6 .3 5.0

2016–17 L.A. Lakers 25 2 6.4 .279 .237 .625 .8 .4 .4 .1 2.3

Career 991 840 31.7 .414 .339 .715 4.5 2.7 1.7 .5 13.2

All-Star 1 0 17.0 .600 .000 .500 3.0 3.0 1.0 .0 7.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2002 Indiana 5 5 33.4 .407 .462 .692 6.0 3.2 2.6 .6 11.8

2003 Indiana 6 6 42.0 .389 .387 .800 5.8 2.2 2.5 1.0 19.0

2004 Indiana 15 15 38.9 .378 .288 .718 6.5 3.2 1.4 1.1 18.4

2006 Sacramento 5 5 39.6 .383 .333 .696 5.0 3.0 1.6 .8 17.4

2009 Houston 13 13 37.5 .394 .277 .714 4.3 4.2 1.1 .2 15.6

2010† L.A. Lakers 23 23 36.5 .398 .291 .579 4.0 2.1 1.5 .5 11.2

2011 L.A. Lakers 9 9 31.9 .443 .321 .762 4.6 2.2 1.1 .8 10.6

2012 L.A. Lakers 6 6 39.3 .367 .389 .750 3.5 2.3 2.2 .7 11.7

2013 L.A. Lakers 3 3 28.0 .250 .143 1.000 3.7 1.7 .7 .3 6.0

Career 85 85 36.9 .389 .308 .714 4.8 2.8 1.5 .7 13.9

Media presence

Artest celebrates at the 2010 Lakers Championship parade.

Television 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
E1 Entertainment
and Tijuana Entertainment.[68] On December 18, 2010, an art show honoring Artest was held in Toronto, Canada. Entitled Lovable Badass,[69] 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."[70] 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.[71] In October 2012, he guest starred as a special 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
Comedy Central
sketch show Key and Peele
Key and Peele
called "Metta World News", in which he plays a newscaster.[72] In January 2018, it was announced that World Peace was a contestant in the first U.S. edition of Celebrity Big Brother.[73] Metta became the fourth celebrity to be evicted from the house on Day 20. 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.[74] Discography 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. Advocacy He has become involved in advocacy relating to mental health issues.[75] 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.[76] 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."[77] He has posed for PETA ad campaigns encouraging people to report animal abuse and to have their pets fixed.[78] 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.[79][80] 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
Hennessy
cognac in the locker room at halftime while with the Bulls.[81] In February 2004, he wore a bathrobe over his practice uniform to a Pacers practice as "a symbolic reminder to take it easy".[82] 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
Miami Heat
coach Pat Riley.[80] He was also suspended for two games early in the 2004–05 season by Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle
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.[80][83] Pacers–Pistons brawl Main article: 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
Auburn Hills, Michigan
between Artest's Pacers and the home team Detroit Pistons. The brawl began when Artest fouled Pistons center Ben Wallace
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[84] 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.[11] This fight resulted in the game being stopped with less than a minute remaining. Artest's teammates Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine O'Neal
and Stephen Jackson
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.[85] Legal issues On March 5, 2007, Artest was arrested for domestic violence, and excused from the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
indefinitely by GM Geoff Petrie.[86] On March 10, Kings announced that Artest would return to the team, while his case was being reviewed by the Placer County District Attorney.[87] 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.[88] On July 14, 2007, the NBA suspended Artest for seven games at the beginning of the 2007–08 NBA season for his legal problems.[89] Personal life On September 16, 2011, Artest's name was officially changed to Metta World Peace.[90][91] "Metta" is his first name, and "World Peace" is his surname.[71] "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.[90] 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.[92] Kimsha and World Peace, who was still named Ron Artest at the time, married in June 2003 and divorced in 2009.[93] World Peace has another son, Jeron, with his former high school girlfriend Jennifer Palma.[94][95] In the late 1990s, World Peace became a close friend of American-born Irish basketball legend, Jermaine Turner. The pair met on the playgrounds of New York, and played together in tournaments at Rucker Park.[96] See also

National Basketball
Basketball
Association portal

List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career steals leaders

References

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Los Angeles Lakers
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