Tag:Metta WorldPeace
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:11 pm

Metta World Peace will be on a BET TV show

Posted by Royce Young

You know who hasn't been bored during the NBA lockout? Metta Ron Artest World Peace. That guy is keeping up with things. He flirted with playing professionally in England for like three months, changed his name, danced with stars, signed up to box Rampage Jackson -- something's always going on with Artest.

And now, he's getting a TV show. Naturally. Via the L.A. Times:

The NBA faces plenty of consequences the longer this lockout lasts.

Some point to compensation: The loss of paychecks will hurt far more for concession and team employees than the owners and players. Some point to entertainment value: The NBA at least temporarily hurts its product to fans, while they can't get their pro basketball fix. But there's one tiny silver lining: Metta World Peace will continue to appear in the headlines for reasons that have nothing to do with basketball.

The latest: The player formerly known as Ron Artest announced on Twitter he will appear in his first acting gig at 7 p.m. Tuesday in BET's "Reed Between the Lines." Artest couldn't be immediately reached for comment, and his publicist didn't have immediate details on what his role will entail. But here's one morsel of news that will give Laker fans something to do during this long offseason. Tweeted Artest...err..World Peace: "More tv and movies coming!!!!"

Artest isn't the first big name to take his talents to the silver screen as Kevin Durant had a lead role in a children's movie while Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh had appearances on "Law and Order". How good will Artest be? With him, there's absolutely no telling. But will it be entertaining? Almost certainly.
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:44 pm

Finally time for World Peace?

Posted by Royce Young

About a month ago, Ron Artest was supposed to have had his name legally changed to Metta World Peace. But because of some outstanding traffic tickets, that hearing was delayed until Sept. 16.

Well, guess what today is.

Artest is scheduled to appear at a hearing early Friday morning in Los Angeles. And as for the traffic tickets? Artest's publicist told the LA Times those have been handled. "It's all resolved," he said.

So we finally should be getting World Peace today. Adjust your lives accordingly.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:25 pm

Artest and Wade to join Dancing with the Stars?

Posted by Royce Young

About a month ago, word came out that Ron Artest was in talks to join next season's cast of "Dancing with the Stars." It was mostly rumor and with his pending deal to go to England for soap opera and/or basketball work, it seemed a bit unlikely.

But DWTS insider Hines Ward says he's hearing Artest is a prime candidate. Along with another NBA star: Dwyane Wade. Via Sports Radio Interviews, Ward was asked if he could verify that Wade would be on the show. He said:I don’t know, but I did hear rumors and his name did come up. I also heard Ron Artest too.”

So, yeah, that's pretty huge news there. Something to definitely keep an eye on.

And if Wade joined the show, you can be sure no one in the NBA or media would give him a hard time about it. Nope, no way. I'm sure everyone would just totally ignore him wearing super tight pants as he salsas around a dance floor.

But you know who would be awesome on the show? Dirk. With his footwork and awkward style of moving, he'd totally kill it. And because it's Dirk, nobody would probably say a thing about it.
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 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 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.
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