Metta World Peace Reveals He’s Now Pals with Malice at the Palace Beer-Thrower

Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of arguably the ugliest moment in NBA history. On Thursday, Metta World Peace revealed an intriguing update to the saga.

On Nov. 19, 2004, the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons were involved in the “Malice at the Palace.” The incident started when the Pacers’ Ron Artest (as MWP was known back then) fouled the Pistons’ Ben Wallace, leading to a shove from Wallace.

While players from each team continued to exchange shoves, Artest decided to remove himself from the situation by laying down on the scorer’s table. That was the calm before the storm.

A beer was thrown at Artest from the stands, and he was re-ignited.

What ensued was quite possibly the ugliest brawl in the history of professional sports.

Suspensions were swiftly handed out the next day. Artest was among the players who received an indefinite suspension, and he ultimately missed 88 games—75 in the regular season and 13 in the playoffs.

It is the night that Artest World Peace wishes he could forget, but he will always be linked to it. Forever.

However, some good has apparently come from the brawl. World Peace recently revealed that he had become friends with the beer-thrower from the Malice at the Palace.

A friendship between the two would have been unthinkable that night, but it looks like MWP takes the “World Peace” in his name very seriously. They have apparently put the past behind them and formed a good bond.

[Metta World Peace]

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Metta World Peace predicts Knicks title in 2018, other crazy stuff

Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest and sometimes referred to as “The Panda’s Friend,” is the gift that keeps on giving.
The outspoken forward, who currently plays for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, posted some bold statements and NBA predictions on Twitter.
First, he declared New York Knicks center Andrea Bargnani to be a top-five NBA center.

Andre is top 5 centers in the NBA.
— thepandasfriend.com (@MettaWorldPeace) November 13, 2014

If the Andre comes back , and the knicks go on 10-0 run when he gets in shape, I don’t want to hear you guys tweeting ok?
— thepandasfriend.com (@MettaWorldPeace) November 13, 2014
Then, the rather interesting NBA prediction rant began. (He also went on to call New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis the “greatest offensive and defensive West African basketball has ever seen.”)

Knicks will be contenders shortly. But I still believe Bucks and kings will make it to the finals before the knicks. Al

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PHOTO: Metta World Peace’s new shoes feature panda heads

The last we heard from Metta World Peace, he signed a contract with the Sichuan Blue Whales in China and announced he’d go by the name “Panda’s Friend” throughout his stay in China. Now, to kick off his new career overseas, the man with a history of names has released new basketball shoes featuring a stuffed panda head along with two panda arms. “Welcome to Metta’s World China! Available in Mettaworldpeace.com tomorrow,” the caption read. It was originally reported that the panda head was detachable and that he would be throwing the head to the crowd before each game. However, World Peace, AKA Panda’s Friend, later confirmed that the head is not removable. The bear is not detachable. The Teddy bear is a permanent and is the pandas friend! The ears on the side are also not detachable. Enjoy— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) September 22, 2014 Too bad. Even without the detachable characteristics of the shoe, you can’t make this stuff up. Here’s the guy who was part of arguably t

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Metta World Peace Will Wear Shoes Featuring Pandas in China

Metta World Peace is really going all-out with his new Chinese name.

Last month, it was revealed that Metta World Peace was changing his Chinese name to “The Panda’s Friend.” Given that he loves pandas so much, he wants to get his fans in on the fun.

 

Update from Monday, Sept. 22

Metta World Peace explains that the panda bear is not detachable.

–End of Update–

 

When the former NBA star takes the court for the Sichuan Blue Whales, he will wear shoes with detachable pandas on them. Seriously.  

Instead of making a shoe that includes both white and black, The Panda’s Friend went with two different pairs that feature each color. Again, he’s going all-out with this idea.

Here’s the reasoning behind the detachable pandas, via Angela Koussian of Courtside Access: “…before every game, I will be wearing the white or black shoes. The top part of the shoe has a panda on it…it is removable. I will be throwing it to a friend in the crowd. The person who catches it will be the Panda’s Friend of the day.”

If you want to be “the Panda’s Friend of the day,” here’s your chance. All you have to do is go to one of his games over in China and catch the panda doll that he throws into the crowd. Hopefully there are some other perks that go along with the honor.

[Courtside Access, h/t CBS Sports]

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Metta World Peace to change name again

It’s been all quiet on the Metta World Peace front as it relates to oddball behavior, but his recent signing with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association has provided the eccentric basketball player a perfect opportunity to draw some attention to himself. Not surprisingly, the man formerly known as Ron Artest says […] The post Metta World Peace to change name again, this time allegedly to ‘Panda Friend’ appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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Phil Jackson, Metta World Peace Steal Show at LA Lakers-NY Knicks Game

Phil Jackson has already made his presence felt with the New York Knicks after being named team president this March, so we shouldn’t be surprised he showed up at the Staples Center to watch his new team take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

It almost feels like a home game for the long-time Lakers head coach, but it couldn’t be further from his current New York state of mind. Ever since Jackson was passed over in favor of Mike D’Antoni in 2012, his relations with the franchise haven’t extended beyond part-owner Jeanie Buss.

The Knicks are hoping Jackson can keep franchise cornerstone Carmelo Anthony around while also attracting the kind of talent that could help the organization contend right away. New York may be closer to doing just that than the fully-rebuilding Lakers.

Both teams find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, but Jackson’s Knicks have the opportunity to change that should their improved play of late continue. Their West-Coast roadtrip began with Tuesday night’s game against the Lakers, but the Knicks have said Jackson won’t travel with the team according to the New York Post‘s Marc Berman.

In the meantime, Jackson’s also finding time to see some old friends.

Random Twitter rants aside, Metta World Peace has plenty of time on his hands these days. He was cut by the New York Knicks earlier this season, leaving him without gainful employment in the NBA for the first time since 1999.

Unless, of course, you count the 75 games for which he was suspended during the 2004-05 season on account of his involvement in the “Malice at the Palace.”

Of course, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest’s lack of a job this time around has less to do with flagrant, in-arena pugilism and much more to do with his age (34) and the condition of his knees.

On the bright side, World Peace’s unemployment has left him with ample opportunity to drop in on his old friends and colleagues. According to the Los Angeles Lakers’ Twitter account, he chose to do just that for Tuesday’s showdown between the Knicks and the Lakers on TNT:

World Peace hinted at his impending presence at his old stomping grounds earlier in the evening:

Just after locating his calf, which apparently went missing:

In Metta’s mind, sitting courtside in the same building where he won a title in purple and gold back in 2010 might be enough to get him another gig in the Association:

World Peace would probably have a better shot at finding one with the Lakers if he were, say, a precocious teenager from Australia by the name of Dante Exum. The Los Angeles Times‘ Eric Pincus reported that he was also in attendance:

It’d be a while, though, before Exum earned a video montage like the one the Lakers composed on World Peace’s behalf: 

 

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Metta World Peace Attends Game Between Former Teams, LA Lakers and NY Knicks

Random Twitter rants aside, Metta World Peace has plenty of time on his hands these days. He was cut by the New York Knicks earlier this season, leaving him without gainful employment in the NBA for the first time since 1999.

Unless, of course, you count the 75 games for which he was suspended during the 2004-05 season on account of his involvement in the “Malice at the Palace.”

Of course, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest’s lack of a job this time around has less to do with flagrant, in-arena pugilism and much more to do with his age (34) and the condition of his knees.

On the bright side, World Peace’s unemployment has left him with ample opportunity to drop in on his old friends and colleagues. According to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ Twitter account, he chose to do just that for Tuesday’s showdown between the Knicks and the Lakers on TNT:

World Peace hinted at his impending presence at his old stomping grounds earlier in the evening:

Just after locating his calf, which apparently went missing:

In Metta‘s mind, sitting courtside in the same building where he won a title in purple and gold back in 2010 might be enough to get him another gig in the Association:

World Peace would probably have a better shot at finding one with the Lakers if he were, say, a precocious teenager from Australia by the name of Dante ExumThe Los Angeles Times‘ Eric Pincus reported that he was also in attendance:

It’d be a while, though, before Exum earned a video montage like the one the Lakers composed on World Peace’s behalf: 

Give World Peace a chance…on Twitter.

 

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Former Knick Metta World Peace Believes New York Can Win Title This Season

Everyone who misses Metta World Peace, please raise your hand.

OK, that’s way too many hands.

It’s been nearly a month since World Peace was waived by the New York Knicks following a prodigal return to New York that began with promise and optimism and ended riddled with injuries and littered with intrigue.

Now that the Knicks have hired Phil Jackson, MWP’s former coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, well, Ron Ron has a few predictions for his most recent employer:

We’re not entirely sure whether these need be taken seriously, especially from a guy who thanked his psychiatrist after winning the 2010 NBA Finals and also did this:

Metta’s got his ring—thanks in large part to Phil, to be sure—so odds are there’s at least a hint of genuine sentiment behind these bite-sized dispatches.

At the same time: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Could the Knicks still make the playoffs? Judging by their effort-laden performance in Wednesday’s 92-86 win over the conference-leading Indiana Pacers—with PJax in crowd-roaring attendance, no less—they most certainly can.

Perhaps Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes summed it up best:

The Knicks are four games behind the Atlanta Hawks for that final seed in the East, and it appears a historically disappointing season might soon be upgraded to ‘still a pretty big bummer.’

But win the NBA championship? How often are Metta and Phil hanging out, exactly?

Put it this way: If World Peace’s predictions come true—if Phil’s sagacious presence is enough to singlehandedly sling the Knicks to a title—I will download this post to a floppy disk and eat it.

There’s little doubt that happy days are here again for the Knicks. It’s just all going to happen in this galaxy.

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NBA Rumors: Metta World Peace to sign with Miami Heat?

Metta World Peace was waived by the New York Knicks earlier this week after the former Laker agreed to a buyout with his hometown franchise. World Peace must now decide on where he’d like to continue his NBA career.
The 34-year-old player formally known as Ron Artest was said to have interest in joining the San Antonio Spurs, though the feeling isn’t mutual according to Jeff McDonald.
World Peace is also interested in signing with either the Oklahoma City Thunder or Miami Heat, according to Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders.
Seeing as the Thunder have reportedly reached an agreement with Caron Butler, it seems that the Heat are the last team on MWP’s wish list. It’s unclear whether Miami have any interest in signing the one-time NBA champion, however.
As Kennedy points out, World Peace may end up having to sign with a team on a 10-day deal in order to prove that he can still play in this league seeing as he’s only appeared in 29 games so far this season.
One destination that can…

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Los Angeles Clippers Will Reportedly Have Interest in Metta World Peace

As buyout situations continue to take shape around the NBA, Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Los Angeles Clippers will be interested in free-agent forward Metta World Peace, who has been waived by the New York Knicks.

The Clippers have already been very active in free agency by making a variety of midseason pickups. They signed 29-year-old guard Sasha Vujacic to a 10-day contract in early February, mere weeks after signing veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

According to the Clippers’ Twitter account, they have also signed free-agent forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis. He’ll reunite with head coach Doc Rivers, who coached Davis during his stint with the Boston Celtics.

Now L.A. is tied to yet another veteran in the free-agent pool.

World Peace is an experienced forward who won a title in 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he’s gone through an abrupt decline since. In 29 games for New York, MWP averaged 4.8 points and two rebounds per game while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from three-point range.

Although his offensive production has dipped significantly, his defensive prowess has remained relatively consistent. NBA.com indicates that his defensive rating (team points allowed per 100 possessions with Metta on the court) is a very respectable 100.2.

Be aware that that statistic is part of a small sample size, but there’s reason to believe MWP could still make a defensive impact in short bursts.

According to the Los Angeles Times‘ Broderick Turner and Ben Bolch, the Clippers decided to trade Antawn Jamison and Byron Mullens prior to the 2014 trade deadline in order to open up two roster spots and get under the luxury tax threshold. 

Provided that Davis has slid into one of those positions, World Peace would potentially take the second available roster spot.

USA Today‘s Sam Amick points out that the signing is “not a slam dunk,” but the artist formerly known as Ron Artest knows what it takes to win a title. It sounds absurd, but he may actually be a good fit beside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in L.A. as they prepare for a playoff run in the loaded Western Conference.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard, however, is reporting that World Peace hopes to end up with the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder, so there may be doubts to a potential future with the Clips.

The Clippers offense has already been running like a well-oiled machine, as it ranks second in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 108.7 points per 100 possessions (tied with the Portland Trail Blazers). Due to that, it makes sense for L.A. to target the defensive-minded veteran as a means of adding depth.

Jared Dudley has struggled since leaving the Phoenix Suns via trade, so giving Coach Rivers plenty of options on the bench can only be seen as a net positive.

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