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August 26, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
Ron Artest's well-publicized plan to change his name ran into the legal equivalent of a red light Friday. His petition to legally change his name from Ronald William Artest Jr. to Metta World Peace was delayed by a Los Angeles court commissioner because of some outstanding traffic warrants. The Lakers forward wasn't in court Friday. But Artest gets another opportunity to swap names at a Sept. 16 court date — provided he takes care of his tickets. Artest's publicist, Courtney Barnes, said his client has "two moving violations … they will be paid so that his name can be changed.
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February 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin
CLEVELAND -- Magic Johnson recently said the Lakers needed a face of the franchise, someone like Jerry West or Phil Jackson , to help sell the brand to free agents during dollar-driven summers. A volunteer stepped forward Wednesday: Johnson. He pledged to do whatever it took to turn the Lakers into a championship team, including recruiting of free agents. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told The Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week.
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December 27, 2009 | By Mike Bresnahan
It has been a while since a Lakers player sat out a game because of an off-court injury, but it happened Saturday when Ron Artest stayed in Los Angeles because of a concussion he suffered at home, according to the Lakers and Artest's agent. There was some confusion over the details of Artest's injury, although a team spokesperson clarified that the 30-year-old forward fell down a flight of stairs while carrying a box and didn't trip over a box, as was believed earlier in the day. Artest injured his elbow and needed stitches in the back of his head.
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May 16, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
It took some time for former Lakers' coach Phil Jackson to learn how to communicate with Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest). "My major concern about Ron was whether he could learn the triangle offense fast enough. Like Dennis Rodman, Ron had a hard time staying focused," writes Jackson in his upcoming memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " World Peace joined the Lakers for the 2009-10 season, ultimately helping the team win the title over the Boston Celtics.
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April 29, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Ron Artest 's poor shooting against the Oklahoma City Thunder has overshadowed his stellar defense on Kevin Durant .… Artest shot better than Trevor Ariza this season.… Kobe Bryant , lauded as a facilitator against the Thunder, has averaged 4.6 assists, slightly below his all-time playoff mark.… Michael Jordan won the first of his six championships with the Chicago Bulls in his seventh NBA season.… This is season No. 7 for LeBron James .… Shaquille O'Neal dubbed a recent spin move "Diesel Truck With No Brakes," perhaps sparking interest from Toyota.
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May 3, 2009 | MARK HEISLER
Be careful what you wish for, the series. Rarely have two playoff teams been as happy to see each other as the Lakers and Rockets. The Lakers wanted to play the Rockets, whom they have handled, rather than the Trail Blazers, who have handled them, and with whom the series would have been a holy war. The Rockets, who just got out of the first round for the first time in 12 years, are happy to be anywhere, even with a gargoyle, not a pot of gold, at the end of this rainbow.
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May 28, 2010
Ron Artest will always test the patience of his coach, teammates and fans for one simple reason. His on-court activity is at all times governed by instinct and never by thought. The same instinct that told him in the final minute of Game 5 to launch a three-point shot early in the shot clock also told him to follow Kobe's miss with a game-winning putback. Like it or not, that's what you get with Ron Artest. Alan Abajian Alta Loma :: Ron Artest took a chapter out of Lamar Odom's book: Better to be lucky than good.
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December 3, 2009 | By Broderick Turner and Mike Bresnahan
Lakers forward Ron Artest created more controversy for himself after he said in an article published Wednesday that he drank alcohol during games while playing for the Chicago Bulls early in his career. Artest told the Sporting News that he used to drink Hennessey cognac at halftime of games in part because the Bulls were losing so often. "I [kept it] in my locker," he said. Artest played 2 1/2 seasons for Chicago after being drafted as a 19-year-old from St. John's in 1999. The story prompted the NBA to investigate Artest's comments.
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January 12, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Oakland The Lakers have tried to reestablish a defensive presence in recent weeks. They also might have rediscovered Ron Artest. The small forward has seen an uptick on offense this week, shooting with more confidence and showing an improved knack for finding open teammates. It was notable in the Lakers' blowout victory Tuesday over Cleveland, Artest handing out six assists and scoring 15 points, his biggest output since an 18-point effort Nov. 11 against Denver.
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March 26, 2010
It's not Ron Artest's fault that injuries occurred to players on the team this season. It's not Ron Artest's fault that the Lakers didn't acquire other players this off-season to provide depth. It's not Ron Artest's fault that Derek Fisher is showing his age after many seasons and playoff games. It's not Ron Artest's fault that the bench struggles and cannot provide relief for the starters. And it's not Ron Artest's fault that the other contenders in the West upgraded their rosters.
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February 2, 2013 | T.J. Simers
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - When Ron Artest first came to town I ignored him, wanting nothing to do with a wacko. "A lot of people do that," Artest says. I thought he was just a thug. "I tell people who call me a thug you're calling the right person a thug," he says. "I was raised to be a thug. " Others insist he's a sweetheart, although Ron Artest and sweetheart don't really seem to go together. But here we are in a Detroit suburb, the wacko thug more sensitive, insightful and sweet than advertised.
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April 27, 2012
Metta World Peace? How about Metta World War III? Pat Mauer Pasadena :: I guess all of Metta World Peace's previous suspensions were all part of being celebratory also. He obviously wanted to celebrate with the fans in Detroit. Jeff White Palmdale :: Calling Artest "Metta World Peace" is like calling Bernie Madoff "Father Generosity. " Artest obviously didn't learn anything from his 2004 one-year suspension for inciting a riot against some fans.
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April 24, 2012 | By Barry Stavro
Anything but peaceful Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) has had his share of suspensions — 10 in the last 10 seasons alone — and altercations during his 13 NBA seasons. A look at some of his notable incidents: •April 22, 2012: World Peace decks Oklahoma City's James Harden with an out-of-control left elbow; Harden suffers a concussion. Two days later the NBA suspends World Peace for seven games. •May 4, 2011: Artest smacks diminutive Dallas guard Jose Barea across the face in the closing seconds of the Lakers' 93-81 Game 2 loss in the Western Conference semifinals.
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April 22, 2012 | T.J. Simers
I broke it to Kobe Bryant after Sunday's Lakers thriller. It's now Jordan Hill's team. "Well, he's got the right first name for it," says Bryant, yuks all around after a game that would have been remembered for Ron Artest's vicious assault if it weren't for such an improbable and stirring victory. Winning cures so many ills and covers up so many problems but unfortunately does not wipe out a suspension that is surely to come with the playoffs about to begin.
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December 29, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
Some people call him by the name he was given at birth. Others use the one he gave himself in a filing in Los Angeles County Superior Court. There also is a handful of people who stumble, not sure what to say. Welcome to the new world of the former Ron Artest. The Lakers forward was officially allowed to change his name to Metta World Peace after paying an unspecified number of outstanding parking tickets, as per a judge's order, in September. Since then, Lakers practices and games are a grab bag of names for the guy wearing No. 15. Ron. Metta.
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December 18, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Three months after he changed his name and went sashaying across a ballroom floor on national television, Metta World Peace has stepped back into a familiar role. Dancing with strange thoughts. Take his view on all the trade rumors involving the Lakers: "I've been more focused on the Herman Cain presidential campaign this year," he said. "I want some Godfather's Pizza. " Then there's his opinion on teammate Lamar Odom being traded to the Dallas Mavericks: "Honestly, I don't even know what happened.
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May 8, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Salt Lake City -- First, there was an apology, person to person. Then there was one acted out on the court. Ron Artest addressed his Twitter rant with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson on Friday afternoon and followed it up a day later with 20 points in the Lakers' 111-110 victory Saturday over the Utah Jazz. Artest apologized, and so did Jackson, saying he was "sympathetic" to Artest's feelings when they talked about the issue, which began Thursday morning when Artest was late for practice after neglecting to inform Lakers officials he was at a funeral for a music executive.
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September 16, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
The most ballyhooed name change of the year became official Friday morning when a Los Angeles County Superior Court commissioner approved the former Ron Artest's request to become Metta World Peace. Amid labor discord that threatens to delay, if not wipe out, the NBA season, there is World Peace. Photos: Famous name-changers He is 6 feet 7, wears No. 15 for the Lakers and once participated in the infamous "Palace brawl. " Anyone now making his acquaintance will be meeting Metta World Peace.
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September 16, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
The most ballyhooed name change of the year became official Friday morning when a Los Angeles County Superior Court commissioner approved the former Ron Artest's request to become Metta World Peace. Amid labor discord that threatens to delay, if not wipe out, the NBA season, there is World Peace. Photos: Famous name-changers He is 6 feet 7, wears No. 15 for the Lakers and once participated in the infamous "Palace brawl. " Anyone now making his acquaintance will be meeting Metta World Peace.
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August 26, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
Ron Artest's well-publicized plan to change his name ran into the legal equivalent of a red light Friday. His petition to legally change his name from Ronald William Artest Jr. to Metta World Peace was delayed by a Los Angeles court commissioner because of some outstanding traffic warrants. The Lakers forward wasn't in court Friday. But Artest gets another opportunity to swap names at a Sept. 16 court date — provided he takes care of his tickets. Artest's publicist, Courtney Barnes, said his client has "two moving violations … they will be paid so that his name can be changed.
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