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Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace
Position: None
Born: 11/13/79
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:246 lbs. / 111.6 kg.
Sources repeatedly have told The Post that Shea and former Knicks scout Scott McGuire tried to steer Tapscott away from Weis. Shea admits he was against drafting Ron Artest because of hometown distractions, but won’t confirm his feelings on drafting Weis. “I’m always going to be associated with Frederic and I’m never going to say publicly what happened,’’ Shea said. “We made a team decision. We were seven people and we all voted and I’m not telling who voted for whom. Scott had an opinion. Kenny Williamson, may he rest in peace, had an opinion. Ed had an opinion and you’re not going to get that from me. What happened later to him in summer league had much more an effect on Frederic than who decided to draft him.’’
It’s a good thing the man formerly known as Ron Artest doesn’t go by Metta World Peace on the court anymore, because he wasn’t so peaceful in a recent Lega Basket Serie A playoff game. Artest World Peace The Panda’s Friend currently plays for the Italian team Pallacanestro Cantu. As his team’s season was in its final minutes against Umana Reyer Venezia, The Panda’s Friend was involved in an on-court scuffle and eventually ejected. According to the play-by-play, his ejection came after referees whistled him for five fouls in one minute.
His Cantu shirt bears the name The Panda’s Friend. Cantu fans greeted him at Milan’s Malpensa Airport with toy pandas, and chants of ”Canturini Ale” (hooray for Cantu fans). He joined in the singing. ”The panda is a funny, loveable animal, which defends its territory well,” World Peace said. ”It’s strong but calm. It suits me perfectly. ”People who have followed my career still call me Ron and that’s OK, most of the young kids call me Metta, and then everyone in China calls me Panda. In the Middle East they call me World Peace,” he joked.
”Now, the mentality is different from when I was younger. I always had the street mentality, but when you’re older you get more mature. When you play angry you can’t focus. I’ve got five more years to have a great time, so I will be playing with a lot of fire but not anger, just passion.” Cantu, which called signing World Peace ”the coup of the century,” was 10th in the 16-team Lega A, with 17 games remaining. The top eight qualify for the playoffs. Cantu last won the title 34 years ago.
Heading into the swansong of his career, former NBA All-Star Metta World Peace is a changed man. World Peace, who signed for Pallacanestro Cantu in a move the Italian team called “the coup of the century,” is known as much for his controversies as for his on-court talent. “I had an up and down career,” the 35-year-old World Peace said Thursday. “I grew up playing basketball on the streets of New York City and it was very, very rough and I started playing in the NBA in the same way. Now the mentality is different from when I was younger. I always had the street mentality, but when you’re older you get more mature.”
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Sanders quickly went from being hailed as a foundational piece for the Bucks to being derided as untradable. He went from being a potential Defensive Player of the Year candidate to a guy who barely contributed thanks in part to a thumb injury he sustained on the same night he was caught on tape heaving alcohol bottles at strangers. He went from being an intimidating paint presence to a player whose season slipped away amid locker-room squabbles and confrontations with referees. How did Sanders get to the point where he was drawing comparisons with Metta World Peace and Dennis Rodman? “If you want to get to know a person, Sanders said, “talk to the person.”