Ron Artest Rumors

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DS: You know, over the years, we were working on so many different — you mean, when we were working with Magic Johnson and HIV, or dealing with Latrell Sprewell and the thing with his coach? We were dealing with Ron Artest going into the stands, we were dealing with [Tim] Donaghy, we were dealing with Gilbert Arenas. We were dealing with subsequent lockouts. We managed to keep very, very busy — like, Holy Moses, what’s up today? What’s on the table? And so, for us, there was a lot to do. Me: Is $2 billion for the Clippers an outlier? DS: Oh, no, I don’t think it’s an outlier at all. I think it values one of the markets with the highest television revenue locally. It values the opportunity, the sponsorships, the ticket prices, the building, in a spectacular way. And well deserved.
Many Knicks fans have wondered if Metta World Peace will go back to his original name — Ron Artest — now that he’s back in New York. It looks like those fans may get their wish. World Peace said in an interview with ClevverNews that he plans to change his name this season, though not legally. “We are going to do do a name change, but I can’t tell you what it is,” World Peace told an interviewer with ClevverNews.
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If the Knicks are doing background checks on Metta World Peace, all James Dolan has to do is pick up the phone and call his unofficial consultant, Isiah Thomas. Thomas, the former Knicks president and head coach, coached World Peace for two seasons with the Indiana Pacers when the Metta still went by the name on his birth certificate, Ron Artest. Thomas, according to a source, enjoyed his brief time with Artest, who was named to the All-Defense second team in 2003.
Daniel Artest (Ron Artest’s brother): I talked to Ron like 10 minutes after everything happened. It was just like a regular conversation. He said, “They threw something at me, so I went into the stands and handled it.” The way we were talking, he didn’t think the league was going to come down hard on him. We thought he would probably miss some games, like five games at the most.
Pollard: That’s 100 percent true. We laughed our asses off about that. “Yeah, Ron. Yeah, there are going to be some problems, buddy. You hit a fan.” I couldn’t believe it. He was in shock that what he had just done was bad. I don’t know what his mentality is like on the inside, but outside looking in, you can sit there and say, “Wow. That’s trippy that somebody can go through that type of experience and wonder if there’s going to be repercussions.”
It appeared a double-digit Lakers victory Monday over Portland was all but inevitable. That is until the Trail Blazers adopted a “Hack-a-Metta” strategy, in the hope Metta World Peace’s 51.1% mark at the free-throw line would work in their favor. Instead, World Peace’s six points in the Lakers 103-92 victory came mostly came from hitting four of six shots at the stripe. He was one for four from the field. “It never happened, but that was awesome,” World Peace said. “I wasn’t planning on scoring no more in that game. I was planning on just playing defense and passing the ball. I was cool with two points, but they gave me six. I’m like, cool. I got six points today. I’m very happy about that.”
I was, um, just thinking about it. And I was just like, wow, what if I lost my teeth, like, today? And I’m 32. You know? And then my new teeth would grow back in. You know? I was just thinking about that. And I was like, that’s really pretty brilliant; he actually thought about like people’s image and, you know, persona and things like that. ‘Cause you would be pretty ugly with no teeth at the age of 20, 18, you know? So not only did he build the world in seven days, seven nights, he also said, OK, let them lose their teeth early, rather than late.
At the Lakers’ media day on Monday, Melissa Rohlin of the L.A. Times asked the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest if the fact that the rookies were calling him Metta and the veterans were calling him Ron was had anything to do with hazing. He responded: Well, I’m just happy that Jesus Christ, um, did not let me lose my teeth when I was 20 years old. ‘Cause I was wondering, like, what if you kept your baby teeth until the age of 18 or 20, and then you lose ’em? That would look pretty bad. So I just think he’s really brilliant that you lose your teeth when you’re a baby rather than you lose them when you’re, like, 30 or 20. That has nothing to do with your question, but that was definitely on my mind.
Ron Artest has been an NBA All-Star, Defensive Player of the Year and, most recently, a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. But since mid-September, he hasn’t been Ron Artest—officially changing his name to Metta World Peace. But you’d never have known about the name change prior to this week on NBA.com or the Lakers website. But Tuesday, the Lakers quietly replaced Artest’s old name with his new one and the NBA made the change as well. His jersey this season will also bear the 6-foot-7 forward’s new name. “It will read ‘World Peace,'” Lakers spokesman John Black said.
The money does not disappear. The player must still be paid. But the provision could give a few teams some relief and put an extra jolt in the free-agent market. Arenas could be set loose by the Orlando Magic, who owe him $62.4 million over the next three years. Rashard Lewis ($46 million, two years) could be dumped by the Washington Wizards. Brandon Roy, Baron Davis and Metta World Peace — the player formerly known as Ron Artest — could all spill into the market.