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Ron Artest Biography

Birth Name:
Ronald Williams Artest Jr.
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
Basketball player

Fast Facts

  • Was a mathematics major at St
  • John's University
  • Picked by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1999 draft
  • Played on the same New York City AAU team as Elton Brand and eventual Lakers teammate Lamar Odom
  • Suspended for 86 NBA games (including playoffs) in 2004-05 for his role in a game-ending brawl involving members of the Pacers and Pistons
  • Released his debut rap album My World in 2006; also appears in the rap documentary Mr
  • Immortality: The Life and Times of Twista
  • Won his first NBA championship in his 11th season; auctioned off his title ring and donated the proceeds to charity
  • Wore six different uniform numbers in the NBA, choosing #37 with L
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  • to honor the 37 weeks at No
  • 1 for Michael Jackson's "Thriller
  • " Officially changed his name to Metta World Peace in the summer of 2011; "Metta" is a Buddhist term expressing loving kindness
  • Competed in season 13 of Dancing With The Stars