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Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:29 pm
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:39 pm
By Matt Moore
Metta World Peace, the player formerly known as Ron Artest, has been very vocal in his criticism of Michael Jordan selling out the players now that he's an owner after championing their cause 12 years ago. He continued that theme the other night as he challenged the G.O.A.T. to a game of one-on-one with the fate of the lockout on the line. From the L.A. Times:
As for Lakers forward Metta World Peace, the work stoppage apparently has made him suffer amnesia for reasons beyond missing out on the remainder of his three-year, $21-million deal. Its further propelled him to go on unsolicited Twitter rants, which resulted in him Monday night challenging Michael Jordan to a game of one-on-one.via Metta World Peace challenges Michael Jordan to one-on-one - latimes.com.
It's the double-exclamationmark there that really sells it.
MWP also challenged Jordan, saying he'd spot him 20 points "and a bag of cheetos." He even offered to let Jordan keep the cheetos if he won. That's how magnanimous MWP is. He also said he'd beat Jordan with a Subway sandwich in his hand while listening to Bon Jovi on headphones.
If you're pondering a theme here, it's "Metta World Peace is (still) out of his mind."
That said, given the state of the lockout, you'd have a hard time finding a fan that wouldn't mind risking it just to get the owners off their intransigent position. Then again, it is Michael Jordan. So the odds are not great, even at MJ's age.
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:14 am
Posted by Royce Young
Michael Jordan has always been every players' hero. But right now, he's every players' enemy. He's the bad guy. He's the owner that's reportedly pushing hardline to a new level and trying to crush the players in every way possible.
Players that have revered him for years are now turning their backs on him. Why? Because Jordan once toed the line for the union famously standing up to Washington owner Abe Pollin during the 1998 negotiations.
And now Jordan's throwing that owner-speak back at the players. Which is why many have spoken out against His Airness. Stephon Marbury went so far as to call M.J. a "sellout." The latest to do it? Metta World Peace. Via TMZ.com:
"We're the same guys that looked up to Michael Jordan when we were kids," he said. "Same guys that wanted to fly like Mike and be like Mike. Even though guys are with different companies, they still love Mike. Love his sneakers and everything. Guys just felt like he didn't support us when we most needed him. He's an owner now, so I guess he's just on the other side."
Artest, who often says wild, nonsensical things, really broke down this Jordan thing better than any player has. It was honest, and true. Jordan has meant everything to so many current players and for him to now toe the line with the owners is really hurtful. They feel like he's betrayed them. It's understandable why Jordan has done it though, like Artest said. He's an owner now so he's going to do owner things.
Some players have called M.J. a hypocrite, but the truth is, he's just an owner. I don't know what's worse right now though.
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 2:40 pm
Posted by Royce Young
From Dancing with the Stars to the octagon to fight Rampage Jackson.
Really, you shouldn't be surprised. Because we're talking about Metta World Peace here. We're talking about a guy that changed his name to "Metta World Peace."
It started with Jackson tweeting Artest/World Peace, "Hey @MettaWorldPeace you a beast on the court... we can box a few rounds for charity." And wouldn't you know it, Artest/World Peace seems to have accepted.
Artest if you recall, actually said he would like to take up boxing once his NBA career wraps. (He also said he'd like to play in the NFL.) Can he fight? I have no idea. I know what everyone's thinking right now though -- The Malice at the Palace. But here's the thing: The dude that threw a beer at Artest wasn't exactly Rampage Jackson.
But kudos to Artest again for doing what he's got to do for charity. Auctioning his championship ring was the biggest thing he's done, but the guy clearly has a heart to give back. So much so that he's willing to probably get punched in the face repeatedly by a very scary man.
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:35 pm
Posted by Royce Young
After failing to impress with his opening night cha-cha, Metta World Peace's run on "Dancing With The Stars" is over almost as quickly as it began.
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger's tweet last night summed it up pretty well: "Butchering the cha cha, hitting on Brooke Burke, and looking overweight. Ron Artest did himself no favors." Can't imagine why he was voted off.
Artest scored a total of 14 points out of a possible 30 for his cha-cha, which was the lowest of the 12 contestants. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Artest's performance "eccentric, yet kind of sexy" but Len Goodman remarked Artest's dancing was just "shimmying about" and "all sizzle and no sausage." I don't even want to know what that means.
He definitely wasn't a favorite, but athletes have fared pretty well on the show in the past. Kurt Warner was a finalist and Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Apollo Anton Ohno all won. Artest though, didn't even make it past the first week.
Then again, the bright side: We're spared having to a) report on this and b) watch Artest shake and shimmy around while wearing leather chaps and a vest with no shirt on underneath. Even though Artest lost, I think we're all winners.
I'm going to choose to believe this was a conspiracy because the NBA season is about to start and Artest needs to have time to get ready for training camps. I mean, how else do you explain him being the first to go, especially when you consider Nancy Grace was also a contenstant?
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:12 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 12:21 am
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Metta World Peace, the artist formerly known as Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, made his debut appearance on Dancing With The Stars, which is some sort of nationally televised boogie down popularity contest pairing a celebrity with a professional dancer.
Dancing the cha cha with Peta Murgatroyd, whose name is actually a combination of an animal rights advocacy group and one of the bad guys in Battlestar Galactica, World Peace did not impress the critics.
"Butchering the cha cha, hitting on Brooke Burke, and looking overweight," CBSSports.com's Ken Berger said on Twitter. "Ron Artest did himself no favors."
World Peace appeared on stage wearing a black hat, black vest, no shirt and red pants. At one point he pushed his hat off of his head, in a move that vaguely resembled something that Michael Jackson might have done, revealing a dyed blonde crew cut.
In a promotional video taped prior to the series premiere, Artest expressed skepticism at the whole idea of his appearance on the show.
"At first I didn't want to do it because of the outfits. I don't like to see my hips being moved in a girly manner. I'm a man, I play defense, elbows, bloody nose on the court, rebounds. And now I'm like dancing, elegance, twinkletoes, It's going to be weird."
Via IAmAGM.com, here's video of Artest's debut performance.
Top image via ABC.com video.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:04 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 11:48 am
By Matt Moore
The wait is over. We've been stuck in limbo for months, patiently suffering through court proceedings and unnecessary debates. But that time is through. We're going to get what we want.
Ron Artest is officially Metta World Peace. Artest...er.... World Peace (is it World Peace or just Peace? This is going to take some getting used to.) told Yahoo Sports:
“You can call me Ron today and then it’s over. It’s a wrap,” Artest said. “It’s about love, world peace. Everybody can relate to that, whether it’s in the same community or the same state or the same country or whether it’s a country going to war.via Artest: World Peace coming soon - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.
Artest also plans on changing his jersey number to 70 because "it's like something to do with the universe."
You know. The universe.
Artest is still in talks to join the Cheshire Cats, though an insurance issue may complicate the situation provided that the NBA doesn't start on time (or at all). Artest, for what it's worth, says he's staying in the Kingdom.
This is pretty much par for the course for Peace, who has always been eccentric and has taken on a more mindful outset since entering therapy two seasons ago. He won the Kennedy Citizenship Award last season for his off-court charity efforts. Now he's promoting good thoughts every day with his name. Now all we need is for the rest of the world to believe. Ron Artest could change the world. Metta World Peace could change the world. You could change the world!
Sorry, got a little carried away there.
(This whole thing is ridiculous.)
Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:06 pm
By Matt Moore
Ron Artest said he was going to play in England. No one believed him, not even his agent. Artest was adamant though, in the same way Artest is adamant about anything (which means he constantly contradicts himself and spins riddles, much like the Cheshire Cat. Now it certainly looks like Artest will have the last laugh.
Artest tweeted the following Tuesday afternoon:
Go Jets!!!!! Uk , here we come!!! Jets are the best!!! Jets are the best!!! New chant!!!!!!!!!Along with the following picture.
The Los Angeles Times confirms that he's signed a contract to play for the Jets next season.
The Cheshire Jets (get it, Cheshire?) were 20-13 last season, finishing as a runner-up for the national cup. Note the "World Peace" name on the back of the jersey. Artest's name change goes official on the 26th of this month. Presumably, Artest obtained insurance for his little trip across the pond. Artest is one of the few players to pursue England as an option, with Turkish and Chinese teams presumably wealthier and with more endorsement opportunities.
But this is what Artest does, and it's what he's done.