- Name: Metta World Peace
- Age: 38 years old
- Height: 6ft 7in (201 cm)
- Occupation: Basketball Player
- Net Worth: US $35 Million
- Status: Alive
Metta World Peace is a retired professional basketball player, 2010 NBA champion, and basketball coach. He stands 6ft 7in tall and played the small forward position. His career spanned teams like The Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He currently coaches the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League. World Peace was born Ronald William Artest Jr. on November 13, 1979, in Queens, New York. He officially changed his name to ‘Metta World Peace’ on September 16, 2011. The reasoning behind the change was to inspire and unite people from all over the world. World Peace attended La Salle Academy followed by St. John’s University. His major was mathematics. He declared for the NBA before completing his degree.
World Peace was drawn to the game of basketball at a young age. He began playing competitively at La Salle Academy. He led the Cardinals to an impressive 27-0 record, and he was a McDonald’s All-American. He also competed in the Amateur Athletic Union alongside future stars Elton Brand and Lamar Odom. World Peace continued his basketball career at St. John’s University. He led the St. John’s Red Storm to a 14-4 record during the 1999 Big East Conference. His college accolades include First-team All-Big East, and Third-team All-American. He won the 1999 Haggerty Award as college basketball player of the year.
World Peace was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft. He averaged 12.5 points and 4 rebounds with the Bulls from 1999 to 2002. He earned a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000). World Peace was traded to the Indiana Pacers during the 2001-02 season. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2003) and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2004). He was named to his firs NBA All-Star Game in 2004. World Peace was involved in a brawl which earned him a 86 game suspension for the 2004-05 season. He has since played for the Sacramento Kings (2006-08), Houston Rockets (2008-09), New York Knicks (2013-14) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2009-13, 2015-17). He won his first and only NBA championship in 2010 as a Laker. World Peace played briefly for the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association. He became coach of the South Bay Lakers (NBA G League) in October 2017.
In addition to basketball, World Peace is a television personality and occasional rapper. His debut album, My World, was released in 2006. It included songs like “Bad Karma”, “Hood Luhv” and “Rap Game”. He was also featured in the rap documentary Mr Immortality: The Life and Times of Twista (2011). World Peace was a contestant on season 13 of ABC’s dancing with the stars (2011). His dance partner was Peta Murgatroyd. They were eliminated during the first week. Other television appearances include Figure It Out, The Millers, and Key and Peele. He had a cameo in the film, Think Like a Man (2012). World Peace was cast as a house-guest on the CBS series Celebrity Big Brother (2018). The other cast members include Omarosa Manigault, Ross Mathews and Shannon Elizabeth.
Metta World Peace has an estimated net worth of $35 million. His biggest NBA contract was a $40.8 million 6-year rookie scale extension with the Indiana Pacers (2002). He was signed to a 5-year $33.9 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009. He also lost more than $5 million throughout his NBA career due to suspension. World Peace was married to ‘Kimsha Hatfield’ from June 2003 to June 2009. They have three children, Sadie, Ron III, and Diamond Artest. He has another son, Jeron, with Jennifer Palma.
Metta World Peace Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki
- Birth Name: Ronald William Artest Jr.
- Birthday: November 13, 1979
- How Old : Age: 38 years old
- Place of Birth: Queens, New York, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
- How Tall : Height: 6ft 7in (201 cm)
- Occupation: Professional Basketball Player, Basketball Coach, TV Personality
- Years Active: 1999-2017 (NBA)
- Net Worth & Salary: US $35 Million
- Marriage(s): Kimsha Hatfield
- Death-O-Meter: Alive