World Peace playing for the Lakers.
|South Bay Lakers|
|Born||November 13, 1979 |
Queensbridge, New York
|Listed height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight:||260 lbs (118 kg)|
|High school|| La Salle Academy |
(New York, New York)
|College||St. John's (1997-1999)|
|NBA Draft||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Playing career||1999–2017 (18 years)|
|2009–2013||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2013–2014||New York Knicks|
|2014||Sichuan Blue Whales|
|2015–2017||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Metta World Peace (born Ronald William Artest on November 13, 1979) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is currently the development coach for the South Bay Lakers the NBA G League.
On November 19, 2004, he was involved in the Pacers-Pistons brawl where he punched a fan who threw something at him when he fouled Ben Wallace. He was both suspended 86 games and fined $5 million dollars. The next season, World Peace requested a trade and on January 24, 2006 he was traded to the Kings for Peja Stojaković. He then helped the Lakers win the 2010 NBA Championship over the Boston Celtics.
Chicago Bulls (1999–2002)
Indiana Pacers (2002–2006)
Sacramento Kings (2006–2008)
Though traded midseason to the Sacramento Kings franchise.
Houston Rockets (2008–2009)
On July 29, 2008, it was reported that Artest was to be traded to the Houston Rockets along with Patrick Ewing, Jr. and Sean Singletary for Bobby Jackson, recently drafted forward Donté Greene, a 2009 first-round draft pick, and cash considerations.
Los Angeles Lakers (2009–2013)
In July 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Artest to a five-year deal worth about $33 million.
New York Knicks (2013–2014)
On July 16, 2013, World Peace signed a two-year deal with the New York Knicks. On February 24, 2014, he was waived by the Knicks after they bought out his contract.
Los Angeles Lakers (2015–2017)
On September 24, 2015, World Peace signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, returning to the franchise for a second stint. On April 11, 2017, World Peace scored a team-leading 18 points in the second half to help the Lakers with a 108–96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. He had the ball in his hands with the crowd on its feet for the Lakers' final possession in what was potentially his final game at Staples Center. During the game, he got his 1,716th and 1,717th career steals to move past Ron Harper for 22nd place in NBA history.