HoopsHype Ron Artest rumors


February 21, 2012 Updates

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." Los Angeles Times

February 13, 2012 Updates
January 26, 2012 Updates

Twenty-four hours earlier, Bryant had gone to World Peace and told him simply, Whatever you’ve become, we need the relentless, old Ron Artest. “You’ve got to be you,” Bryant told him. “You’re a feisty [expletive] out on that court.” Yahoo! Sports

January 20, 2012 Updates
December 15, 2011 Updates
December 14, 2011 Updates

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. Deadspin.com

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. Deadspin.com

December 7, 2011 Updates

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. Wall Street Journal

November 30, 2011 Updates
November 28, 2011 Updates

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. New York Times

November 24, 2011 Updates
November 22, 2011 Updates

Ron Artest: I'm so pissed! I challenge all the owners to a game of one on one. If they beat me I give them 70%. I challenge Cuban to a arm wrestle Twitter

Ron Artest: I want to play instead of cooking. I feel like a Atlanta house wife Twitter

Ron Artest: If we go overseas to play ball if the lockout doesn't end. It still doesn't help the future here in america. I rather go to schools and speak on the importance of education than chase basketball assuming the lockout never ends Twitter

November 21, 2011 Updates
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November 13, 2011 Updates

Ron Artest: Mediatakeout.com lives off bringing down black people. They went in on my wife! All good though Twitter

Ron Artest: Can someone tweet me the names of the editors and CEO of mediatakeout.com? They must be put on blast. Don't let them hide behind computers! Twitter

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