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Metta World Peace: Timeline of antics, accomplishments and outrageous behavior by Lakers forward formerly known as Ron Artest

THE LATEST BUT NOT FIRST BLOW — Metta World Peace's vicious elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden is only the latest outrageous incident in a career full of them.
by Hayley Riggs McGhee Published: April 22, 2012

/articleid/3668898/1/pictures/1701559">Photo - Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, stands between an official and Oklahoma City Thunder player after Lakers' Metta World Peace (15) was called for a double flagrant foul and ejected from the game in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: LAS201
Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, stands between an official and Oklahoma City Thunder player after Lakers' Metta World Peace (15) was called for a double flagrant foul and ejected from the game in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: LAS201

2005-06 season: Requests trade from Pacers and is put on team's inactive roster. He is eventually traded to the Sacramento Kings.

July 2009: Artest signs with Lakers, choses the number 37, which he said was in honor of Michael Jackson's Thriller album, which spent 37 weeks at the No. 1 spot on the charts. (He switched back to No. 15 for the 2010-11 season)

December 2010: Artest raffles off his Los Angeles Lakers championship ring to boost mental health awareness.

April 26, 2011: Wins the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given to someone who shows “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”

Sept. 16, 2011: Changes name to Metta World Peace. The word “metta” refers to the Buddhist virtue of kindness.

April 22, 2012: Elbows the Thunder's James Harden in the head while celebrating a dunk, receiving a flagrant foul 2 and getting ejected.

Sources: ESPN.com and The Associated Press

by Hayley Riggs McGhee
Assistant Sports Editor
Assistant Sports Editor Hayley Riggs McGhee has worked for The Oklahoman since 2005. She previously worked as a page designer/copy editor for the (Fort Smith, Ark.) Times Record and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas. She is a Roland...
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