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Metta World Peace

Ronald William "Ron" Artest, Jr. (born November 13, 1979) is an American professional basketball player and rapper who is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. Artest gained a reputation as one of the league's premier defenders as he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004. He was a major participant in the Pacers–Pistons brawl and is known for his sometimes eccentric, outspoken behavior. Artest was born and raised in the Queensbridge projects in Queens, New York. Artest has two younger brothers, Isaiah and Daniel. He played high school basketball at La Salle Academy and college basketball at St. John's University from 1997–1999. In 1999, he helped the Red Storm to the Elite Eight, losing to Ohio State in a classic game.

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Metta World Peace -- Don't Feel Bad for Mike Brown

Metta World Peace
Don't Feel Bad for Fired Lakers Coach Mike Brown

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Metta World Peace tells TMZ ... he's not shedding any tears for his ex-coach Mike Brown ... 'cause even though he got fired, dude made out like a bandit. MWP was… READ MORE >

Metta World Peace -- I Look Good in a GRIZZLIES Jersey

Metta World Peace
I Look Good in a GRIZZLIES Jersey

It's either a sign of respect ... or a sign that he wants out of L.A. ... but Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace donned a Vancouver Grizzlies jersey this weekend while rapping in Canada. A… READ MORE >

- 676 days ago
Metta World Peace -- Is Labor Day for Slaves?

Metta World Peace
Is Labor Day for Slaves?

Metta World Peace can totally school you on the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day -- but Labor Day is still an issue ... as evidenced by his run-in with the world's worst tutor,… READ MORE >

- 683 days ago
Metta World Peace Wishes You a Happy Memorial Day

Metta World Peace
Wishes You a Happy Memorial Day

Kind of.Metta realized his mistake, deleted the tweet, and replaced it with, "Happy memorial day ... I was still sleep:))) Bout to fire up the grill.. Shout out to the veterans!!!!!!!!!" READ MORE >

- 690 days ago
Metta World Peace -- Clubbing in Hollywood After Lakers Playoff Loss

Metta World Peace
Clubbing in Hollywood After Lakers Playoff Loss

Minutes after the Los Angeles Lakers went down to the Denver Nuggets ... Metta World Peace's evening was just beginning ... at a fancy Hollywood nightclub. MWP -- who's still suspended for… READ MORE >

- 709 days ago
Metta World Peace -- Sued for Stiffing Ex-Employee

Metta World Peace
Sued for Stiffing Ex-Employee

Metta World Peace is accused of shorting a former employee on pay day ... according to a new lawsuit filed by the woman.TMZ obtained a copy of the suit filed by Rebecca Cha ... Friday in L.A.… READ MORE >

- 735 days ago
Metta World Peace -- Michael Jordan Betrayed the NBA Players

Metta World Peace
Michael Jordan Betrayed the NBA Players

Metta World Peace says his childhood hero Michael Jordan left the NBA players high and dry in the never-ending lockout drama -- by forgetting he was once one of them ... and acting like every… READ MORE >

- 887 days ago
Metta World Peace Joins Comedy Boot Camp -- I'm SERIOUS About Stand-Up

Metta World Peace
Joins Comedy Boot Camp I'm SERIOUS About Stand-Up

Metta World Peace is taking his aspiring comedy career VERY seriously -- and TMZ has learned he's even enrolled in a stand-up "boot camp" to hone his skills during the NBA lockout. MWP made his… READ MORE >

- 926 days ago
Phil Jackson -- Totally Zen on Kobe Bryant and NBA Lockout

Phil Jackson
Totally ZEN on Kobe And NBA Lockout

Phil Jackson has one word for concerned Laker fans ... chill -- because the former coach says there's no way Kobe Bryant will miss a single NBA game if he plays overseas. Phil was flying out of… READ MORE >

- 932 days ago
World Peace Voted Out -- Ron Artest First to Leave "Dancing With the Stars"

Ron Artest
World Peace Bombs On "Dancing With the Stars"

Call him Ron Artest, Metta World Peace, Mr. Peace -- or just ... First Guy Voted Off "Dancing With the Stars."The Los Angeles Lakers star lost with grace -- unlike his Cha cha -- and tipped… READ MORE >

- 941 days ago

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