Posts Tagged ‘Ron Artest’

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’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

What Should We Call Metta World Peace?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In September of 2011, a man born Ronald William Artest, in Queens, NY, announced that he had legally changed his name. Ever since then, the guy we had called Ron Artest for many years has officially been known as Metta World Peace. At the time, Mr. World Peace said the name change was meant to unify: “Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world. I’m glad that it is now official.” This summer he announced that when he retires, another name change could be in the works.

After the name change in 2011, it took a little getting used to. After all, fans and we in the media had been referring to “Artest” for well over a decade, so everyone had to make a quick switch. But what about his teammates? Even now, two years later, it appears that there’s still some conjecture. The official website of the New York Knicks caught up with a bunch of World Peace’s new Knicks teammates to find out what, exactly, is in a name.

Catching up: NBA entertainment

by Micah Hart

As we continue to look back at some of our favorite off-court activities of the long offseason, here is a top five of our favorite NBA-player excursions into other areas of entertainment:

5. Dwight Howard dances in Mongolia

That is just adorable.

More after the jump…

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Exclusive: Ron Artest’s proposed alternate names

by Micah Hart

As you may have heard by now, Ron Artest has filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court to legally change his name to Metta World Peace. It was a very tough decision for Artest, who went through several iterations before settling on the new name. In an exclusive to All Ball, we have received the list of nom de guerres Artest considered before making his final choice:

Quincy P. Weisenheimer

World Still B. Free

Metta Whirled Peas

Metta World’s Biggest Justin Bieber Fan

Metta World Half Off Roscoe’s House Of Chicken And Waffles

Chukwudiebere Maduabum

Greta Van Sustron Artest

Queensbridge What

Ron Artesting The Boundaries Of Societal Norms

Ron Swanson

Ron Kardashian

Kick-Butt McGraw

Ron Artest Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo

Metta World Of Warcraft

Metta Man With Seven Wives As I Was Going To St. Ives

Metta On A Sunday And My Heart Stood Still, De Doo Ron Ron Ron, De Doo Ron Ron Artest

Way Cool, Jr.

DJ Fluffernutter

Max Power

Lance

Ron Arquiz

Warning! This Is Not Artest

Ron Yourtest

Ron Artvandelet

On Rartest

Arrest Not

No Starter

Star Tenor

Metta World Peace College #NBAplayersthatsoundlikecolleges

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Ron Artest, champion of animal rights, victim of practical joke

by Micah Hart

Any time Ron Artest is involved with Jimmy Kimmel Live, you know something entertaining is going to go down. This time, it’s Kimmel (a notoriously talented prankster) pulling a fast one on Artest, getting the Lakers’ star to film a commercial for animal rights, which steamrolls out of hand in a hurry. Roll it!

Gotta give Artest much respect for keeping his cool in this situation. I was expecting him to go Samuel L. Jackson when the python came out.

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Ron Artest is getting a reality show, and it’s actually a good idea

by Micah Hart

TV networks have a lot of time to fill, which explains why more and more athlete-celebrities are getting star vehicles. Most of them don’t interest me, though I realize there is certainly a large demographic that can’t get enough of them.

Another athlete is joining the list, and while no one should be surprised to see him getting a reality show, it’s actually one with a more substantial premise than one might think.

From TMZ:

Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest has locked up a deal for a brand new reality TV show — but he won’t be dating a Kardashian sister … he’s helping ex-cons change their lives through basketball.

The show is called “Last Second Shot” (here is the trailer), and it will feature Artest mentoring 10 parolees as they try to get their lives back together post-prison, working with mental-health professionals and using basketball to teach them life lessons.

So far the show has yet to be picked up by a network, but given the redemptive-effort nature of the show, plus Artest’s background and following as an NBA player, you have to think someone will give the show a chance. Though if he could somehow work dating a Kardashian into the mix, I am sure it wouldn’t hurt.

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Ron Artest joining cast of Two and a Half Men, announces Ron Artest

by Micah Hart

There is a question that has been on the lips of many, many Americans ever since Charlie Sheen bought a one-way ticket aboard the Crazy Train: who will take his place on TV’s top-rated sitcom*, CBS’ Two and a Half Men?

* I weep for our future

Well, the news broke today, and people can wonder no more: the new sex-crazed, cracker-of-wise misanthrope on the hit show will be … Ron Artest!

At least, so sayeth Queensbridge’s finest:

I guess Ron-Ron saw how successful Lamar Odom has been in his move to the small screen** and decided he needed to get in on the action. I can easily see him getting a rise out of Jon Cryer.

** I have no idea how Khloe and Lamar performs in the ratings – are people tuning in?

I’ll say this. I’ve never seen a single episode of TAAHM, but if Artest was on it, I’d probably give it a shot. At least for an episode or two.

Obviously Artest is kidding, but who knows? Maybe he’ll preview a taste of what the show might look like at his comedy showcase this summer.

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Conventional wisdom report: May 7th

by Micah Hart

Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on their jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Saturday, May 7.

Start planning the parade:

Dallas Mavericks

Harp on the Mavs’ history of coming up short in the playoffs all you want, but it’s hard to question the toughness of a team that has two fourth quarter comebacks in three games against the two-time defending champs, and Dirk Nowitzki is playing as well or better than anyone else in the playoffs at present – Derrick Rose included. Dallas is also getting bonus production from unlikely sources — namely, back-from-the-dead Peja Stojakovic, who hit three 3’s and scored 15 off the bench in Game 3. This team is locked and loaded right now, and seeing as they are undefeated at home in these playoffs, are likely to finish off the foundering Lakers in Game 4 on Sunday.

Give it up already:

L.A. Lakers

My word, what has happened to Pau Gasol? Just to prove the point that the NBA is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of league, Gasol, a winner of multiple NBA championships with the Lakers and a world (and Euro) championship with his native Spain, has once again caused the media to question his resolve and ability to withstand the harsh glare of the postseason spotlight.

Dynasties never go out quietly. Between Gasol’s MIA performance and Ron Artest going off the rails, this Lakers squad is about to face a harsh dose of reality. And let’s face it, Kobe not getting any younger. Oh, and Phil is leaving. And Lamar is married to a Kardashian.

Add it all up, and it could be a while before we see the Lake Show playing basketball in the month of June again.

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Conventional wisdom report: May 6th

by Micah Hart

I was thinking about this in the wake of last week’s dust-up between the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi. Hawks beat writer (and friend of the podcast) Mike Cunningham mentioned in a blog post that it was interesting that Bianchi was so down on the Hawks at the time, especially given that after Game 5 of the series he wrote:

“The Magic are now down in this series 3-1 and it’s all but over. Does anybody out there really, honestly believe the Magic can rally back from 3-1 against a talented and athletic Hawks team?”

I come here not to bury Bianchi though, nor to praise him, but merely to point out that in the NBA Playoffs, the tide can turn very quickly. A team is left for dead (Dallas after blowing a 23-point lead in Portland), then suddenly they are unbeatable (topping the two-time defending champs on their home court — twice — will do that for you). It’s more volatile than the stock market.

So each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on their jerseys.

Start planning the parade:

Miami Heat

John Schuhmann pointed this out yesterday in a column on NBA.com – Celtics fans can complain about missing Kendrick Perkins all they want as they watch LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sashay to the basket, but in 240 minutes over the last four years the duo has shot 67% from within five feet of the basket with Perkins on the floor.

I know the Mavericks are up 2-0 on the Lakers, but they’ve still got some emotional baggage to overcome. If there’s a favorite today, it’s gotta be the Heat.

Give it up already:

L.A. Lakers

In the history of the NBA, only three teams have ever rebounded from 0-2 where both losses came on their homecourt: Lakers over Warriors in 1969, Rockets over Suns in 1994, and Mavs over Rockets in 2005. So, it is doable, but if it’s to be done, it’s going to have to happen in part without Ron Artest, who was suspended for Game 3 for his hard foul on JJ Barea in the waning moments of Wednesday night’s Game 2.

Peace out, L.A.

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