NBA Season’s Prospects Look Dim as Ron Artest Takes Headlines with Name Change

September 16th, 2011 by Ben Shapiro Leave a reply »
Remember Ron Artest? Sure you do. He was the mercurial and at times hot headed small forward who played for St. John's in college. He was drafted by the Bulls, and then seemed to find a home in Indiana with the Pacers until he played a big role in a massive brawl between the Pacers and Pistons in Detroit on November 19th 2004. 

That would lead to him bouncing around the league—Sacramento, Houston and eventually the Los Angeles Lakers with head coach Phil Jackson, who had found a way to get Dennis Rodman to play with in a structured team concept back in the '90s. In Los Angeles, Artest would play a key offensive and defensive role in helping to lead the Lakers to their 17th NBA title in 2010.

Ron Artest had come full circle. He was still considered a bit odd or out of the mainstream, but he was no longer considered a team cancer or, even worse, a dangerous and violent individual. Today Ron Artest changed his legal name to "Metta World Peace." That's a bit odd—it's not really a big deal though. What is a big deal is that it's the biggest NBA news today.

That's a bad sign for a league that is currently on a short timer with regards to ...

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