Tag:Ron Artest
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:59 pm

World Peace has to wait until Sept. 16

Posted by Royce Young

We thought we were getting World Peace today. But it's just going to have to wait. Until Sept. 16, that is.

Via the LA Times, Ron Artest's name change has been put on hold. Why? He has to first "clear outstanding traffic warrants." Awesome. Now we get to think about thise for another two weeks or so.

I have to wonder though: Think this traffic citation is included in that? I bet it is.

Eventually this is going to happen. But much like Artest's pending deal with the Chesire Jets, it's on again, off again. And we're just going to have to wait a little longer for World Peace.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:04 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 11:48 am

Metta World Peace arrives Friday

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.

“It’s about world peace. You know what I mean? The kids need to know that, and they know that now.”
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 19, 2011 2:22 pm

Is Artest's deal with Cheshire in trouble?

Posted by Royce Young

For a second there, it looked like the painfully on again, off again relationship with the Cheshire Jets was finally definitively on. So naturally, there had to be a hiccup of some kind to make it look like everything could fall apart.

Basically, it's an insurance issue for the Cheshire Jets. The small English club is having trouble getting the needed insurance to support Artest playing for them. And without it, there's no way Artest plays for them.

"The next few days we need to work really hard," team director Pete Hawkins told the Chester Chronicle. "Insurance was always an issue from the outset but we are still trying hard to ensure Ron has the protection he needs to play."

Artest, who I guess expected to get rolling with the team very soon, tweeted Thursday, ""UK sorry I couldn't make it this week can't wait to meet the JETS!!!!"

Cheshire of course is pulling out all the stops to make sure Artest plays for them, even going so far as to hook up a job on a soap opera to help foot the bill for Artest. Artest won't be making enough with the team to really even make it worthwhile, so he's got to find extra income, which includes working on his acting and music career.

But without insurance, there's just no way Artest can put his NBA contract at risk. His agent Daniel Bauman said weeks ago before the deal was official that he was very concerned.

"God forbid any of these guys get hurt," Bauman said. "Can I get $22 million insurance for Ron? I don't think so." 

Yep, it looks like it could be a bit of a problem indeed.
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 4:16 pm

Artest's English deal to involve soap opera work?

Posted by Royce Young

Ron Artest sort of, kind of officially signed to play in England with the Cheshire Jets. But as you might expect, there could be some complications involved in the deal. The most important being money. Via ESPN.com:

"You'll appreciate that we haven't got the means to entice someone of Ron's standing on financial grounds," [Jets director [Peter] Hawkins said. "Our commitment is to help raise Ron's profile in the UK in order to help him develop his music and movie career over here while playing basketball."

What's the solution? Soap operas. Yes, soap operas. According to the report, one possibility is trying to find Artest a role in a British soap opera. 

I mean, where do you even begin? I can't even tell you how exicted I'd be for All My Children: UK Edition starring Metta WorldPeace. I wonder what kind of role Artest would be cast in. I don't even know what to guess. Estranged father looking for his two adopted sons? Strange hobo on his death bed? Overzealous banker tied up in a vicious love triangle? All sounds like excellent options to me.

Oh, oh, I've got it actually: He should just play himself. Nothing more interesting than that.

Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:06 pm

Artest tweets that he's signing in England

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. 
Posted on: August 2, 2011 1:09 pm

We get WorldPeace in one month

Posted by Royce Young

Via TMZ, we about a month away from finally getting WorldPeace. Metta WorldPeace that is.

In order to finalize a name change, you have to publish your declaration four times -- once a week for four weeks -- in a local paper and Artest's last declaration came on July 19 in the L.A. Daily Commerce. Now on Aug. 26, his name change will become official after a judge signs it.

Just keeping you posted on this very important development.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 2:07 pm

Artest to play in England, take two?

Posted by Royce Young

First, he was playing in Finland. Then he wasn't. Then he was playing in England. Then he wasn't.

Now, he's playing in England again. The Metta World Peace international basketball watch drags on. Via the Chester Chronicle, Cheshire director Pete Hawkins said a deal is in place for Artest to play for his team.

"I spoke to Ron's representatives on Tuesday night. We have agreed the fundamentals of the deal and Ron is coming over (to England) in a few weeks," he's quoted as saying. "What we need to do is match up our timetables because we need him here for the start of the season, but there is a bit of a clash of timetables. If we can sort that out then the deal will be done, but talks are ongoing so hopefully we can get everything straightened out in time."

All we need now to make the circle complete again is for Artest agent to come out and emphatically deny this. Because after the first Britain rumor, here's what hs agent, Daniel Bauman, said:

"I told him, 'Ron, the league over there is not strong enough to really give you the competition that you want,'" Bauman said. "Even though that makes sense from a (convenience standpoint), it doesn't make sense from a basketball perspective."


"God forbid any of these guys get hurt," Bauman said. "Can I get $22 million insurance for Ron? I don't think so."

So something would've had to change in his mind to really start working a deal for Artest to play there. Maybe it was dollar signs. Those can change people's minds pretty quickly.

Artest clearly has his eyes on playing overseas. He recently told SLAM, "Europe is definitely a real option, and it seems more likely every day. As far as where I'm gonna play, that's still open but I have an idea. I'd play anywhere with the best offer so I gotta look at all my options. So far I'm looking at France, Spain, Finland, Greece, and the UK. But it has to match up. If the offer matches up, I'm there. 'Cause like, you know, the movies and all that stuff. So if it doesn't match up, I'm not going, but if it does, I'm out."

And now FIBA has now officially cleared the path for players to head overseas that are still under NBA contracts, so it's possible if Artest is serious. Then again, it's kind of hard to know when Metta WorldPeace is serious.
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:40 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 8:41 am

Artest in talks to join 'Dancing with The Stars?'

By Matt Moore

TMZ reports that Ron Artest is in discussions to join the cast of popular television gameshow "Dancing with the Stars" as a contestant:
Nothing's official yet -- but sources tell us, both Artest and "Dancing" producers have been in touch to hash out a possible deal ... and Ron's pretty excited about the prospect.But here's the catch -- "Dancing" won't end 'til November and basketball season typically starts in October ... which means if the lockout ends early, Ron could be S.O.L.
via Ron Artest -- In Talks with 'Dancing w/ the Stars' | TMZ.com.

This is a terrible idea for any NBA player, plain and simple.

While I'm sure being paired with a professional dancer and starring alongside a virtual of who's who of has-beens is an alluring prospect, here's the reality. The dances the players would be participating in have one primary injury likelihood: turned ankles. Depending on the severity, those take months to get right. Players play through them all the time, but it affects their production and limits them for months. Plus, they're painful as all get-out. Artest, who's as tough as they come, doesn't want to come into a shortened season, his first with new head coach Mike Brown, dealing with an ankle-turn. It will just slow him down and since he had issues last year with floor time, complicating that issue seems like an unnecessary risk.

Which means he'll probably do this. It seems unlikely that the show's producers would take this big a risk on Artest, considering as much as everyone's in doomsday mode about the lockout lasting the entire season (and it's very possible), we simply don't know. Things could get resolved next week and it would only register mild shock. There's no set timeline for how this will go. And trying to get Ron Artest to commit to a rehearsal schedule, even a flexible one, while playing an NBA season?

Yeah, good luck with that.
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