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Ron Artest

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 -- Name Change Official ... Say Hello to World Peace

Ron Artest
Name Change FINALLY Official Say Hello to World Peace, Baby

Goodbye forever, Ron Artest -- TMZ has learned, the Lakers star is now legally "Metta World Peace."It became official less than five minutes ago -- when an L.A. judge finally granted Metta's name… READ MORE >

Ron Artest -- World Peace Runs in the Family

Ron Artest
World Peace Runs in the Family

Ron Artest just recruited another ardent follower in his ongoing quest for World Peace -- his daughter.Ron's rep tells TMZ, 8-year-old Diamond Artest has told her dad she wants to take on the… READ MORE >

- 1033 days ago
World Peace Delayed Due to Traffic Tickets

World Peace Delayed
Due to Traffic Tickets!

Ron Artest will remain Ron Artest for at least 3 more weeks, because a judge just ruled there will be no Metta World Peace until Ronnie clears up his outstanding traffic ticket warrants.Ron's name… READ MORE >

- 1051 days ago
Ron Artest -- World Peace Comes to Las Vegas

Ron Artest
Bringing (Metta) World Peace TO LAS VEGAS

Ron Artest enjoyed what could be his last weekend in Las Vegas as Ron Artest -- partying it up at at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas last night.Ron Ron's trip wasn't all about… READ MORE >

- 1070 days ago
Ron Artest -- One Month 'til World Peace

Ron Artest
One Month 'til WORLD PEACE

Ron Artest is a shameless self-promoter -- because over the last month, he had an L.A. newspaper print FOUR items about his new name ... and it could change the way he's identified forever. Long… READ MORE >

- 1077 days ago
Ron Artest -- In Talks with 'Dancing w/ the Stars'

Ron Artest -- In Talks with 'Dancing w/ the Stars'

Ron Artest has a back-up plan in case the NBA lockout torpedoes next season -- we're told, Mr. World Peace is currently in talks with "Dancing with the Stars" ... and is seriously thinking about… READ MORE >

- 1081 days ago
Ron Artest:  I've Been Divorced for Years!

Ron Artest: I've Been Divorced for Years!

We've been wondering why L.A. Lakers star Ron Artest hasn't taken his wife along when he's out on the town, and now we know why ... he doesn't have one!We found out Ron quietly got divorced from… READ MORE >

- 1083 days ago
Ron Artest's Comedy Act -- Hugs, Drugs and Hecklers

Ron Artest's Comedy Act
Hugs, Drugs and Hecklers

He joked about pulling an "R. Kelly" on a fan ... his crush on Celine Dion ... and that he must have been "on crack" when he changed his name ... and that's why Ron Artest's comedy show was… READ MORE >

- 1089 days ago
L.A. Lakers -- We'll Give 'Peace' a Chance!

L.A. Lakers -- We'll Give 'Peace' a Chance!

The Los Angeles Lakers organization is totally down with World Peace ... telling TMZ the team is "happy to accommodate" Ron Artest's proposed name change.A rep for the team tell us changing Ron's… READ MORE >

- 1113 days ago
Mr. World Peace: I Didn't Tell Wife About Name Swap

Mr. World Peace: I Didn't Tell Wife About Name Swap

Ron Artest -- AKA Mr. Metta World Peace -- just went on "TMZ Live" ... and said he kept his name-change plans so secretive ... his OWN WIFE HAD NO IDEA ... until TMZ broke the story.Metta claims… READ MORE >

- 1114 days ago

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