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Metta World Peace (born Ronald William Artest, Jr., November 13, 1979) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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 in 2004. He was a participant in several controversial on-court incidents, most notably the Pacers–Pistons brawl and is known for his sometimes eccentric and outspoken behavior. Metta World Peace was born Ronald William Artest, Jr., and raised in the Queensbridge projects in Queens, New York. He 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. He 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 and The New World Order,

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Ron Artest's Son -- Posterized in Drew League Game (VIDEO)

Ron Artest's Son
Posterized in Drew League Game

Metta World Peace's son is a rising star in the high school basketball world -- but he got brought right back down to earth during a Drew League game ... and it was all caught on video. … READ MORE >

Ron Artest III -- I Don't Call My Dad 'Metta' ... His Name's Ron

Ron Artest III
I Don't Call My Dad 'Metta' ... His Name's Ron

There's one place Metta World Peace isn't Metta World Peace ... his own home.  We spoke with Ron Artest III -- who tells us behind closed doors, the Lakers star is simply Ron, just like… READ MORE >

- 359 days ago
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 >

- 1644 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, aka… READ MORE >

- 1651 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 >

- 1658 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 >

- 1677 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 >

- 1702 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 >

- 1855 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 >

- 1894 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 >

- 1899 days ago

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