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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 -- World Peace to Come in August

Ron Artest -- World Peace to Come in August

Ron Artest will have to wait until August before he can officially call himself by his proposed new name, Metta World Peace, 'cause that's the earliest he can get in front of a judge ... TMZ has… READ MORE >

Ron Artest: I'm Changing My Name ... RADICALLY

Ron Artest: I'm Changing My Name ... RADICALLY

Say goodbye to Ron Artest and HELLOOOO to Metta World Peace ... Mr. Metta World Peace to you.Yes, Ron is going the way of Cassius Clay, Lew Alcindor and Chad Johnson.  Ron's filed a petition… READ MORE >

- 1127 days ago
Ron Artest Scores Reality TV Deal

Ron Artest Scores Reality TV Deal

Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest has locked up a deal for a brand new reality TV show -- but he won't be dating a Kardashian sister ... he's helping ex-cons change their lives through… READ MORE >

- 1145 days ago
Ron Artest -- Peacemaker In L.A. Nightclub Attack

Ron Artest
Peacemaker in L.A. Nightclub Attack

Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest helped break up a ferocious man vs. woman fistfight in front of an L.A. nightclub this weekend ... and TMZ obtained footage of the entire incident. Artest had… READ MORE >

- 1150 days ago
Ron Artest -- You've Been Sexy Sax-ed!

Ron Artest -- You've Been Sexy Sax-ed!

Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest was enjoying a nice meal at Baby Blues BBQ in West Hollywood on Saturday ... when he got an unexpected order of cheese -- an appearance by the Sexy Sax Man.SSM, aka… READ MORE >

- 1166 days ago
Ron Artest Mixtape -- Nuttier Than Ever!!

Ron Artest Mixtape -- Nuttier Than Ever!!

Ron Artest is getting back into the rap game -- dropping a brand new mixtape inspired by one of his favorite things ... PEANUT BUTTA!!!!!!  Artest's new mix tape is set to be released during… READ MORE >

- 1253 days ago
Ron Artest -- His 'Way' or Harvey's 'Way'?

Ron Artest -- His 'Way' or Harvey's 'Way'?

Ron Artest accepted the challenge last night -- to see if he could sing the classic Frank Sinatra song "My Way" better than our fearless leader Harvey Levin did on TMZ Live. You be the judge ...… READ MORE >

- 1286 days ago
Artest Gives Away Championship Ring -- Keeps Box

Artest Gives Away Championship Ring -- Keeps Box

The man who won Ron Artest's 2009-2010 NBA championship ring in a charity auction last weekend claims Ron-Ron only had one stipulation before he handed over the hardware ... he wanted to keep the… READ MORE >

- 1302 days ago
Ron Artest Goes Mental in New PSA

Ron Artest Goes Mental in New PSA

Ron Artest wears crazy neon pants and drives giant go-karts around L.A. -- but that doesn't mean dude doesn't understand the importance of mental health ... and he released a new PSA to prove… READ MORE >

- 1311 days ago
Ron Artest -- What's Wrong with this Picture?!

Ron Artest -- What's Wrong with this Picture?!

Ron Artest was stopped dead in his tracks -- after cops saw the dude rolling around L.A. in an oversized go-cart .... and realized something was wrong.TMZ obtained this photo of the Los Angeles… READ MORE >

- 1416 days ago

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