The American professional basketball coach and former player bears a name that strikes everyone at first glance – Metta World Peace. Well, it is the retired player’s goal to use his name to bring youth together and promote love for all, with “Metta”, being a Sanskrit word that means loving-kindness or friendliness. As a player, Metta was a small forward for several NBA teams including the Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, among others. As for his coaching career, World Peace started taking the South Bay Lakers in player development from 2017.
Metta World Peace Bio (Age)
He was born as Ronald William Artest Jr. on 13th November 1979. He, however, legally changed his name to Metta World Peace on 16th September 2011. Prior to this, he went by the professional name, Ron Artest. Ron is one of the eight children of Ron Artest Sr. and his wife, Sarah Artest.
Artest grew up alongside his siblings (four brothers and three sisters) in one of the Queensbridge housing units in Long Island City, Queens, New York City. He attended the legendary La Salle Academy in Manhattan, NYC where he played high school basketball.
On completing high school, Ron enrolled at the St. John’s University in 1997 to pursue a B.Sc. in Mathematics. At St. John’s, he joined the college basketball team – the Red Storm. His college career saw him make significant marks for the St. John’s Red Storm and at various NYC tournaments, thereby earning himself much popularity. Some of the tournaments he gained fame include Hoops in the Sun, Nike Pro City, and Dyckman Basketball.
In 1999, the Chicago Bulls picked Ron Artest at number 16 in round 1 in the year’s NBA draft. On joining the Chicago Bulls, Ron earned a spot in the NBA All-Rookie Second Team for the 1999/2000 season. The Bulls, however, sold Artest to the Indiana Pacers halfway through the 2001/02 season. For the two and a half years he spent with the Bulls, he played a total of 175 games, with an average of 12.5 points and a little over 4 rebounds for each game.
Artest continued to soar in his career, averaging 18.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game at Indiana Pacers in the 2003/04 season. He thus earned a spot in Pacers’ squad for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game and earning the Defensive Player of the Year title. Artest however, earned a suspension at the beginning of the 2004/05 season, following his involvement in a brawl during his team’s face-off with The Detroit Pistons on November 19, 2004. He consequently stayed out throughout the season, missing 86 games. This resulted in his being traded to the Sacramento Kings for Peja Stojaković in January 2006.
At Sacramento Kings, Ron Artest once again made impactful marks, assisting his team to come up in the Western Conference chart and increasing their playoff chances. In August 2008, the Kings traded Artest for Houston Rockets’ Bobby Jackson. On Joining the Rockets, he continued to progress, helping his team to advance past the playoffs’ first round for the first time in twelve seasons.
In July 2009, Ron signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. He continued to soar, reaching an NBA Finals and winning his first championship ring in his first season with the Lakers. After changing his name to Metta World Peace after the 2010/11 season, he later recorded a remarkable 16 rebounds in winning a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Metta World Peace, however, could not complete his deal with the Lakers, following a decline in his performance as a result of a series of injuries. Lakers, therefore, had him waived in July 2013 after which he signed a two-year contract with New York Knicks same month. Metta however, did not complete not even a season with the Knicks as they also waived him in February 2014.
Between 2014 and 2015, World Peace had stints with CBA’s Sichuan Blue Whales and LBA’s Pallacanestro Cantù. September 2015 saw Metta World Peace return to the Los Angeles Lakers, later ending his professional playing career in 2017. In October of the same year, the South Bay Lakers hired World Peace as the team’s player development coach.
In addition to basketball, World peace has given music a try, releasing a rap album titled My World in 2006. He later founded the Artest Media Group, a film and literary content development company in 2010. Metta also made an attempt at dance. It was, however, a failed one, with the player finishing at the last place in the first week of Dancing with the Stars season 13. He later appeared in the reality TV shows, Lip Sync Battle (2017) and Celebrity Big Brother (2018).
Metta World Peace is also involved in charities concerned with mental health, always making huge donations to the cause.
Metta World Peace Son – Is He Dating A Girlfriend Or Married To A Wife?
World Peace married Kimsha Hartfield in 2003. Kimsha Artest is popular for featuring in VH1’s reality show, Basketball Wives: LA. With Kimsha, Metta has three children, daughters Sade and Diamond, and son Ron Artest III. They, however, divorced in 2009. Metta World Peace’s son with Kimsha is a basketball star. Ron III who is a forward, plays college basketball at California State University, Northridge.
In addition to Ron III, World Peace has another son, Jeron Artest who is also a basketball player. Metta fathered Jeron with his college girlfriend, Jennifer Palma, a Filipino lady. The duo met while they were both students of St. John’s University. World Peace, however, never married Palma, but they share custody of their son who as of 2019, plays at Bella Prep as a senior. He is a point and shooting guard.
Meanwhile, Metta World Peace has a girlfriend, Maya Ford. He started dating Ford, a Korean-Canadian model around 2012.
Metta World Peace’s Salary
As of 2019, Metta World Peace earns an annual salary of $1.5 million. This figure represents a sharp decline in earnings as against his player salary of $7.2 million. Metta reportedly made an annual income of $9 million in 2013.
Metta is 2.01 meters (6’7″) tall. He has an athletic body build that weighs about 118 kilograms.