It’s Hard To Be An Enforcer Named ‘Metta World Peace’

The transformation of Ron Artest has been a lengthy one. Probably, no one would have guessed that the guy who started the biggest riot in sports with fans would have come so full circle as he has done.

metta-world-peace-jerseyImage credit:

From the “Palace Brawl” to “Metta World Peace”

Earlier in his career, while playing for the Indiana Pacers as the visitor against the Detroit Pistons, then-Artest was the first of a group of players at the end of a game to physically challenge fans and go into the stands seeking them out. He threw heavy punches and connected as if he hadn’t forgotten his days growing up tough in New York City.

That episode has long passed and his role in the last Lakers’ championship is starting to fade too. He was an integral part in their ability to overcome the Boston Celtics in 2010 and reverse the previous year’s results.

Artest had taken the unusual steps of publicly seeking redemption in the years that followed the riotous behavior in Detroit. He went on sports talk-shows to offer his softer side. He would hip-hop rap and try to find the humor in things, too. He seemed uncomfortable in this couch role at first, but he kept at it and adapted to become very personable.

His basketball career continued successfully. He was a perennial defensive first-teamer and in the running for defensive player of the year, a-la Dennis Rodman. He had created a niche for himself in a game hard to find niches. His 6’7″ small forward buff-like frame would push others around on his way to the basket and create space for his 3-point shot.

Also, as the Dennis Rodman of his generation in the NBA, he impressed fans with wild haircuts and writing in his hair. He endeared himself by creating his own character.

He became more of an entertainer of sorts, trying stand-up comedy, stints on late-night shows instead of just sports shows, and an appearance as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars.

Through it all, he has created foundations to help the less fortunate and consistently given to charities, including giving his championship ring away to raise money. He has shown courage in announcing his donations to organizations focused on helping people with mental health, something he says he has struggled with.

His name change to Metta World Peace is all part of his evolution. He continues to try and find himself.

The dude who was once known as one of the Enforcers in the NBA, has now become a huggable teddy bear of a guy.

But, his latest move to Metta, might have played him out of the NBA.

Can “Metta World Peace” Still Enforce On the Court?

When you earned the money by becoming a defensive stopper and a hard-nosed gamer willing to take on the stiffest of challenges, and people have come to expect that of you, it’s hard to be anything else.

Metta means loving and kindness. World Peace means exactly that, world peace.

His shiny career is coming to an end.

With his name Metta World Peace, he may have found more of who he is, but he has lost his desire for what made him so great at roundball.

Like Rodman before him, Artest will be remembered for being different and coming to the realization that being different and searching for the meaning in life are okay things to do for pro athletes, who are constantly in the limelight and expected to know exactly who they are and what they want.

They were able to give more perspective on how to be yourself when everyone is telling you that you have to be one way.

Artest, the basketball player, has become Metta World Peace, the fledgling entertainer humanitarian.

He may have made a career path for himself after basketball. He won’t make the Hall of Fame, but he won’t be forgotten too quickly by the public, either.

Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of

About Howard M Alperin

Husband, Father, Teacher, Planner, Advisor, Counselor, Social Worker, Businessman, Consultant, Blogger, Author, Entrepreneur, Inventor, YMCA Coach, Marketer, Innovator, Advertiser, Promoter, Court Appointed Special Advocate to children, Volunteer, Runner, Athlete, Spanish Speaker, Non-Sports Card Collector, Dog Agility Enthusiast and OIF Veteran.


  1. Artest should donate some of his money for an updated psy eval for himself. Clearly he needs medication or a change in his existing meds to control his mania. Megga world peace should pick up his toys and go home.

  2. Somebody essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to create this particular publish incredible. Fantastic job!

  3. Hi, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog site in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, great blog!

  4. The game consolidates the fact that a mobile game can achieve success in strategy too. We can say that there is lawless life in Android app store which makes promotion of an app such an unfair fight.

  5. Nice blog right here! Also your website loads up fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate hyperlink on your host? I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  6. Hello there! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions? Thanks

  7. Very informative article post. Will read on…

  8. I relish, result in I found exactly what I was taking a look for. You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  9. I rarely shop for books, clothes, office supplies, and food at the “dot coms” without a special coupon code. You can set up your own e Bay store, featuring the types of products that your visitors would like. This discounts are designed to keep regular customers coming back.

  10. I used to be able to find good advice from your content.

  11. I’m not sure where you are getting your info, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic info I was looking for this information for my mission.

  12. Pretty section of content. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to claim that I acquire actually loved account your blog posts.

  13. whoah this blog is great i really like reading your articles. Keep up the great work! You already know, many individuals are looking around for this info, you could help them greatly.

  14. Very efficiently written information. It will be beneficial to anyone who usess it, as well as myself. Keep doing what you are doing looking forward to more posts.

  15. giiicsz ijyjhmk zqonjdo sjdevhb zvdnvyl ptxdjhv aeitvjm

  16. Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for newbie blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  17. Good day very cool website!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Wonderful ..

  18. Thanks for another great article. Where else may anyone get that type of info in such an ideal method of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m on the look for such info.

  19. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.

  20. Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?

  21. Out of interest, do you follow any SEO agencies? I can’t find good info in anything which can be actioned Do you participate in any social sites?

  22. Some genuinely great info , Gladiola I detected this.

  23. I am curious to find out what blog system you happen to be utilizing? I’m having some minor security problems with my latest site and I’d like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any suggestions?

  24. To most people, the motor vehicle is an asset which they treasure. Simon Cole is an expert in debt consultancy who is currently researching websites that offer payment protection insurance including many claim groups. Concerned individuals may not feel alarmed yet since there are variety of medical treatments.

  25. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your weblog. You have some really good posts and I think I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an email if interested. Thank you!

  26. I simply want to tell you that I’m very new to blogs and honestly enjoyed this web blog. Almost certainly I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You really come with impressive posts. Thanks for revealing your blog site.

  27. Really nice layout and good content material , absolutely nothing else we want : D.

  28. I really wish to share it with you that I am new to online blogging and absolutely enjoyed your review. More than likely I am inclined to bookmark your blog post . You really have lovely article materials. Appreciate it for discussing with us your main site page

  29. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read more things about it!

  30. I was studying some of your posts on this site and I believe this website is rattling instructive! Retain posting.

  31. Only wanna state that this is handy , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  32. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there.

  33. Some really great posts on this web site, thank you for contribution. “There is one universal gesture that has one universal message–a smile” by Valerie Sokolosky.

  34. Helpful info. Lucky me I found your web site by accident, and I am stunned why this twist of fate didn’t took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

  35. you’re in reality a just right webmaster. The site loading velocity is amazing. It seems that you’re doing any unique trick. Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you’ve performed a excellent task in this matter!

  36. I keep listening to the news update talk about getting free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the top site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i get some?

  37. I have read a few good stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how so much effort you put to create this kind of great informative web site.

  38. You have observed very interesting details ! ps nice site. “The appearance of right oft leads us wrong.” by Horace.

  39. I together with my buddies were actually looking at the excellent solutions from the website then all of the sudden developed a terrible suspicion I never expressed respect to you for them. Those young boys happened to be consequently warmed to read all of them and now have in actuality been using those things. Appreciate your really being quite considerate and for deciding upon variety of outstanding subjects most people are really desirous to be informed on. My personal sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to earlier.

  40. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  41. I will immediately snatch your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me know so that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

  42. You can certainly see your skills within the paintings you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart. “In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.” by Robert Byrne.

  43. Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at, 121 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, +1 646 205 3214

  44. Good day very cool web site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally…I’m satisfied to find numerous helpful information here within the post, we want develop more strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing.

  45. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick at or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888

  46. I like this blog so much, saved to favorites. “I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.” by Dorothy Parker.

  47. Hello my family member! I wish to say that this article is awesome, great written and come with almost all significant infos. I would like to look extra posts like this.

  48. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  49. I like this site so much, saved to favorites. “I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.” by Dorothy Parker.

  50. I wanted to write you that very small observation just to thank you so much the moment again on the stunning strategies you’ve shown on this page. It has been wonderfully open-handed of you to grant without restraint what exactly a few people would’ve offered for an e-book to make some money for themselves, primarily since you might well have tried it in the event you considered necessary. Those solutions also served to provide a good way to be aware that many people have a similar interest much like my personal own to learn way more on the topic of this matter. I am certain there are a lot more enjoyable situations up front for people who read through your site.

  51. I’ve recently started a web site, the info you provide on this web site has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time & work. “So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.” by William Shakespeare.

  52. Howdy very cool blog!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally¡KI’m glad to find a lot of useful information here within the submit, we need develop extra strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  53. Some really nice and useful info on this internet site, besides I conceive the design and style holds superb features.

  54. F*ckin’ remarkable things here. I’m very glad to peer your post. Thanks so much and i’m having a look forward to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  55. I actually wanted to compose a brief note so as to thank you for all the awesome instructions you are showing on this website. My time-consuming internet research has now been paid with professional facts to write about with my close friends. I ‘d declare that most of us website visitors are unequivocally endowed to exist in a really good place with very many brilliant people with very beneficial methods. I feel quite lucky to have discovered your entire weblog and look forward to many more fun times reading here. Thanks once again for a lot of things.

  56. I gotta favorite this website it seems extremely helpful invaluable

  57. I like this website so much, saved to favorites. “Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.” by Norman Cousins.

  58. naturally like your web-site however you need to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome to inform the reality on the other hand I will certainly come again again.

  59. You are a very intelligent person!

  60. I¡¦m not certain the place you are getting your information, however good topic. I needs to spend some time finding out much more or figuring out more. Thanks for magnificent info I used to be in search of this information for my mission.

  61. Good day very cool web site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your website and take the feeds also…I’m happy to seek out a lot of helpful info right here in the post, we want work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing.

  62. You can certainly see your skills within the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  63. It is truly a nice and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Hi there, I found your website by means of Google at the same time as looking for a related topic, your site got here up, it appears great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  65. I view something genuinely interesting about your blog so I saved to fav.

  66. I think this is one of the most important information for me. And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The site style is perfect, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  67. I think you have observed some very interesting details , appreciate it for the post.

  68. Thank you for helping out, excellent information. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” by J. K. Rowling.

  69. Enjoyed studying this, very good stuff, thankyou . “Whenever you want to marry someone, go have lunch with his ex-wife.” by Francis William Bourdillon.

  70. I just could not leave your website before suggesting that I actually loved the usual info an individual supply to your guests? Is going to be back ceaselessly in order to investigate cross-check new posts

  71. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

  72. Hi. Awesome article. Other web site owners should take this web site as a model – very clean and fantastic style, not to mention the content. I’ll be back.

  73. Hi my friend! I want to say that this post is amazing, nice written and come with approximately all important infos. I would like to see extra posts like this .

  74. hello there and thank you for your info – I’ve certainly picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical issues using this web site, since I experienced to reload the site lots of times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for much more of your respective fascinating content. Make sure you update this again soon..

  75. Magnificent site. Plenty of helpful information here. I am sending it to some buddies ans additionally sharing in delicious. And of course, thank you in your sweat!

  76. I’ve been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  77. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this hike.

  78. Of course, what a fantastic site and instructive posts, I will bookmark your blog.Have an awsome day!

  79. Hello.This article was really remarkable, especially since I was investigating for thoughts on this issue last Sunday.

  80. I¡¦m not sure the place you’re getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or figuring out more. Thank you for fantastic information I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

  81. I was just seeking this information for some time. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your site. I wonder what is the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this type of informative websites in top of the list. Generally the top sites are full of garbage.

  82. I like what you guys are up too. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my web site :)

  83. It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some interesting things or tips. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I want to read even more things about it!

  84. Hiya. Very nice site!! Man .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark this web site and take the feeds additionally…I am happy to find so much useful info right here within the article. Thanks for sharing…

  85. I just could not depart your website prior to suggesting that I extremely loved the standard information an individual supply for your visitors? Is gonna be again continuously to investigate cross-check new posts

  86. I¡¦ve been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts in this sort of space . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this site. Studying this information So i am happy to convey that I’ve a very excellent uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I needed. I most without a doubt will make sure to don¡¦t overlook this website and provides it a glance on a constant basis.

  87. I must express my thanks to you just for rescuing me from this particular crisis. After exploring throughout the online world and coming across techniques that were not productive, I was thinking my life was gone. Living minus the approaches to the problems you have resolved by way of your main post is a critical case, and ones that could have adversely damaged my career if I had not come across your blog. Your own competence and kindness in playing with all the details was helpful. I am not sure what I would have done if I had not come across such a thing like this. I can at this moment look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot so much for this expert and result oriented help. I will not be reluctant to suggest your web blog to anybody who will need counselling about this topic.

  88. I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thanks , I¡¦ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your website?

  89. Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  90. I intended to post you the very little note so as to thank you as before just for the breathtaking information you’ve contributed at this time. It is surprisingly open-handed of people like you to provide easily exactly what a lot of folks would’ve offered for sale as an ebook to make some bucks for their own end, most notably since you could have tried it if you ever decided. Those thoughts also served to provide a fantastic way to realize that some people have the same fervor just like my own to find out more when considering this problem. I know there are numerous more enjoyable periods ahead for those who look over your site.

  91. I was just seeking this info for a while. After six hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your website. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that don’t rank this kind of informative websites in top of the list. Usually the top web sites are full of garbage.

  92. You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most guys will go along with with your blog.

  93. Good ¡V I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related information ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, web site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task..

  94. Great ¡V I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related info ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task..

  95. As a Newbie, I am permanently searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

  96. of course like your web site however you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to inform the reality however I will certainly come again again.

  97. Wow! Thank you! I continuously needed to write on my website something like that. Can I take a fragment of your post to my website?

  98. I have recently started a web site, the info you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time & work.

  99. Hello my family member! I wish to say that this article is amazing, great written and include almost all vital infos. I¡¦d like to peer extra posts like this .

  100. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

Speak Your Mind