Posts Tagged ‘Metta World Peace’

Metta World Peace had Kobe autograph his retirement poem

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season by writing a poem, which was posted on the Player’s Tribune website. Fans in attendance at last night’s Lakers game also got copies of the poem, printed on special stationary and placed inside a black envelope. And as Lakers forward Metta World Peace showed last night, he had Kobe autograph a copy of the poem…

Knicks’ Iman Shumpert: Emmy Winner

By Nick Margiasso IV

VIDEO: Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert wins an Emmy Award

All NBA fans are by now familiar with Knicks guard Iman Shumpert.

He of the flat-top haircut. He of the clock hat. He who makes sing-song fun of Carmelo Anthony. Well, now you can add another descriptor, albeit a bit of a surprise one — Emmy Award winner.

That’s right, on a pre-recorded clip aired during New York’s preseason win over the Wizards on Wednesday, MSG broadcaster Al Trautwig presented the vaunted golden trophy to the talent they call “Shump” for his role behind the scenes and as the star of the network’s show “Beginnings.”

Just think, if New York re-signs The Panda’s Friend (The Artist Formerly Known As Metta World Peace And Ron Artest), they could grab a little hardware for some type of nature show, too. Stay tuned.

Metta World Peace in a panda costume?

By Jeff Case

Last we heard from Metta World Peace around these parts, he was the target of a prank pulled by his former New York Knicks teammate Amar’e Stoudemire.Word is that World Peace won’t be in the NBA next season and has agreed to play for a team in China called the Sichuan Blue Whales.

But going to a new team is never that simple with World Peace. Aside from trekking overseas, it has been widely reported that he will likely change his name to either “Panda’s Friend” or “The Panda’s Friend” as part of the move, too. World Peace himself touched on the name change via Twitter and, his Twitter feed has been filled of late with him retweeting images from fans of him either with (or as) a panda.

According to the folks over at, World Peace was spotted at the Venice Basketball League in a panda suit:

Again, there’s no official word that this fellow (animal?) is World Peace. Either way, seeing someone in a panda suit at an outdoor basketball game in California (in the summer) is nonetheless odd.


Metta World Peace gets pranked

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of Jimmy Kimmel‘s series of shows that ran before the NBA Finals, he decided to have some fun with All Ball favorite Metta World Peace. So Kimmel recruited Metta’s former Knicks teammate Amar’e Stoudemire, and along with Jimmy’s Cousin Sal, they gave Metta a limo ride he won’t soon forget…

VIDEO: Pranking Metta

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!

Metta World Peace Writes New Children’s Book

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Knicks forward Metta World Peace is not new to the literary game, having co-written a book of bedtime stories for children last year. But yesterday on Twitter, MWP announced that he’s done it again, co-writing a new book for children called Metta’s World Peace And Love Stories. Let’s let Metta explain…


Metta’s Words Of Wisdom

By Nick Margiasso IV

Knicks, Lakers or any other NBA fans know that when it’s time for some real talk — some truly serious insights — you go straight to the mouth and mind of Metta World Peace. Duh. Here’s (plenty!) more proof of that, ranging from health tips everyone should brush up on to terrible, terrible ideas no one should ever use.

Without further ado …

No laughing? When Metta’s involved, that’s just not an option.

–Follow Metta World Peace on Twitter @MettaWorldPeace

Who Is The Worst-Dressed Knick?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re on the lookout for the worst-dressed player on a team, who better to ask than the other players on the team? As such, let’s check in with the New York Knicks to find out who is the worst-dressed Knicks player.

“Come on, World Peace!”

VIDEO: Who Is The Worst-Dressed Knick?

When Metta Met Tyler

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sometimes the perception is more important than the truth. In the fourth quarter of the recent Knicks/Raptors game, Toronto forward Tyler Hansbrough found himself involved in a minor bit of extra-curricular activity with a Knicks player. Hansbrough, known as “Psycho T,” spun around to see what was happening, saw that it was Knicks forward Metta World Peace standing there, and then walked to the free throw line.

So did either guy back down? Well, a Vine of the incident from a different angle appeared to show Hansbrough backing down from a confrontation upon realizing it was MWP he was tangled with.

Did Hansbrough back down? Metta World Peace didn’t seem to think so. After the game, according to Newsday, Metta said that they both quickly moved on from the incident…

“He’s a good player, tough player. If it was back in the day it probably would have been more. It was enough. He was aggressive. He was running hard. We had a moment, but we both moved on. It was good for the game. It was good for the fans. He stood his ground and he got his fans excited. It was great. No fighting. It was face-to-face action. It was good.”

Also, he made an extended analogy between NBA players and an ice cream truck…

“I love guys like that. I need that physical action. The game has changed so much. Now we got all these Mister Softees. You know Mister Softee in New York? A lot of people are made from the ice cream cone. A lot of basketball players are made right from the Mister Softee ice cream cone truck. I like Mister Softee. I don’t like to play basketball with Mister Softee. I just like Mister Softee after a nice, hot summer day.”

Metta also took to Twitter after the game to express his admiration for Hansbrough…

The Metta World Peace Show

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when you thought we were finally done with Media Day reports and ready to move on, they pull us back in with something great: Apparently the New York Knicks gave Metta World Peace a camera crew on Media Day and turned him loose among his teammates.

I thought I came up with some off-beat questions when I interviewed all the Rookies, but Metta busts out some really amazing stuff, such as, “What is your favorite toe?” and, “When is your scheduled haircut?” Also, “What’s the purpose of this banana?”

I don’t want to spoil anything else, so just watch the video yourself…