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Metta World Peace

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Background

Career Transactions: Drafted by Chicago in first round (16th overall) of 1999 NBA Draft following sophomore season at St. John’s. Traded with Brad Miller, Ron Mercer and Kevin Ollie to Indiana for Jalen Rose, Travis Best, Norman Richardson and conditional second- round draft choice, Feb. 19, 2002. Traded to Sacramento for Peja Stojakovic, Jan. 25, 2006. Traded, with Patrick Ewing Jr. and Sean Singletary, to Houston for Donte Greene, Bobby Jackson and 2009 first-round draft choice, Aug. 14, 2008. Became free agent, Jul. 1, 2009; signed by Lakers, Jul. 8, 2009. Waived by Lakers, Jul. 12, 2013; signed by Knicks, Jul. 16, 2013.

As A Professional: Big Apple native returns to the city of his youth after forging decade-long legacy as one of the game’s benchmark figures and defensive artists...Brings championship pedigree and trademark all-out, emotional style to Knicks for his 15th NBA season after stints with Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets and, most recently, four seasons with Lakers which climaxed with 2010 NBA title...Over 14 seasons, owns averages of 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.85 steals and .417 shooting over 33.6 minutes in 902 career games (832 starts)...Has gone 1,102-3,226 career from Downtown (.342) with three career 100-plus homer seasons...Owns 22 career 30-plus scoring games...Named NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Third Team All-NBA, First Team All-Defensive and NBA All-Star in 2003-04...Four-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection (First Team in 2004 and 2006, Second Team in 2003 and 2009)... All-Rookie Second Team in 2000...Winner of 2010-11 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award...Has ranked among NBA Top 10 in steals six times, finishing second four times. Ranked seventh in steals in 2000-01 (2.00), second in 2001-02 (career-high 2.56), second in 2002-03 (2.30), third in 2003-04 (2.08), second in 2006-07 (2.13) and second in 2007-08 (2.33)...Ranks 20th on all-time NBA career list in steals (1,665) and 55th in 3PT FGM (1,102)...Entered 2013-14 season fourth among active NBA players (active during 2012-13 season) in steals with 1,665, trailing since-retired Jason Kidd (2,684), Kobe Bryant (1,828) and Kevin Garnett (1,742)...As a Pacer, was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week three times...Has averaged 13.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 85 career Playoff games (all starts), and was member of Lakers’ 2010 NBA Championship team...Drafted by Bulls in first round (16th overall) of 1999 NBA Draft following sophomore season at St. John’s. 2012-13 (Lakers): In fourth and final season with Lakers, averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot .403 from the field (332-824) over 33.7 minutes in 75 games (66 starts)...Went 141-412 (.342) from Downtown, leading Lakers with 141 3PT FGM (second-highest mark of career; had 153 homers for Houston in 2008-09)...Led Lakers with 1.63 spg...Season Highs: Points: 24 (Jan. 8 at Houston); Assists: 5 (Dec. 2 vs. Orlando); Rebounds: 16* (Dec. 16 at Philadelphia)...Recorded eight 20-plus scoring games, three double- figure rebound games and two double-doubles...Led Lakers in scoring three times, rebounds four times...From Downtown, had 13 three-homer games, four four-homer games and three five-homer games...Hauled in a career-high 16 rebounds (five offensive) on Dec. 16 at Philadelphia, adding 19 points...Season-high seven steals (one shy of career high) on Jan. 9 at San Antonio...Excelled vs. future teammates: had 23 points (7-15 FGA) in Dec. 13 loss to Knicks at MSG; scored 20 points (6-11 FGA) in Christmas Day ABC win over Knicks at LA...Logged 40-plus minutes 10 times, season-high 44 mins on Mar. 8 vs. Raptors (9 pts, 4 reb)...Scored 12,000th career point on Dec. 5 at New Orleans, becoming sixth player in NBA history to record 12,000-plus points, 4,000-plus rebounds, 1,000-plus 3PT FGM and 1,500-plus steals (Reggie Miller, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce)...Missed Feb. 5 game at Brooklyn (NBA suspension); missed six games due to lateral meniscus tear, left knee, Mar. 27-Apr. 7...In The Playoffs: Started three games in Lakers’ four-game first round loss to Spurs, with 6.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 7-28 FGA (.250) over 28.2 mpg...Scored 13 points (5-13 FGA) in Game Two (Apr. 24)...Did not play in Game Four series finale, Apr. 28 (popiteal cyst, left knee).

Career Highlights: 2001-02 (Bulls-Pacers): Had 24 points, nine assists, nine rebounds and eight steals vs. Miami on Mar. 31, 2002, narrowly missing ultra-rare quadruple-double...Missed season’s first 23 contests with broken right ring finger...2002-03 (Pacers): Runner-up to Detroit’s Ben Wallace for NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors...NBA leader in steals per 48 minutes (3.29)...2003- 04 (Pacers): Honor-laden season in which he was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year, NBA All-Defensive First Team, All-NBA Third Team and NBA All-Star...Made lone career All-Star Game appearance with seven points (3-5 FGA) and three rebounds in 17 bench minutes for East at Los Angeles, Feb. 15...Season-high 35 points on Mar. 26 at Orlando...2004-05 (Pacers): Started seven games for Pacers (24.6 ppg), then was suspended by NBA for the remainder of the season following altercation in game at Detroit, Nov. 19, 2004...2005-06 (Pacers-Kings): Earned First-Team All-Defensive honors, finishing fourth in balloting for Defensive Player of the Year...Played 16 games with Indiana, then 40 following trade to Sacramento...2006-07 (Kings): Recorded eight 30-plus scoring games, including career-high 39 points twice: had 39 points (15-22 FGA) on Jan. 2, 2007 vs. Knicks, then had 39 again (12-23 FGA, 5-7 from Downtown) on Feb. 13, 2007 at Houston...Knee and back injuries limited him to 70 games...2007-08 (Kings): Averaged 20.5 points, his career high over a full season...Had a season-high 33 points on Nov. 20 vs. Suns; career-high 11 assists on Dec. 8 at Denver...Limited to 57 games: missed season’s first seven games due to NBA suspension...Logged a career-high 53 minutes (28 pts, 8 reb) in 2OT win over Knicks, Nov. 16, 2007...Missed seven games in January after surgery on right elbow...Missed five games in April with sprained left thumb...2008-09 (Rockets): In lone season in Houston, earned Second-Team All Defensive honors, his most recent All-Defensive honor...Recorded a career-high 153 3PT FGM...Nailed a career-high six 3PT FGM (32 points) in loss at Chicago, Feb. 28, 2009...Played in 69 games (55 starts): Missed a total of 13 games in season’s first half with sore right ankle and moderate to severe bone bruise in the ankle...2009-10 (Lakers): In first season with Lakers, played major role as LA stormed to second straight NBA title...Appeared in 77 games (all starts) with 11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.38 spg in 33.8 mpg...Scored 20-plus points four times...Recorded 10,000th career point on Dec. 12 at Utah...In three games from Feb. 28-Mar. 4, had 6-5-5 steals and became first Laker to post three consecutive games with five or more steals since Magic Johnson in 1981...Averaged 11.2 points in the Playoffs, starting all 23 Lakers post-season games...Scored game-winning put-back layup at the buzzer in Game Five of West Finals vs. Suns (103-101, May 27 at LA)...Notched 10.6 ppg in The Finals vs. Celtics, and played key role in Lakers’ Game Seven win with 20 points (7-18 FGA), five rebounds and five steals, Jun. 17 at LA...2010-11 (Lakers): Played in all 82 games (all starts) for the first time in his career...Scored 11,000th career point on Feb. 11 at NY...2011-12 (Lakers): In 64 games (45 starts), averaged 7.7 points in 26.9 mpg... Recorded 1,500th career steal on Feb. 23 at Oklahoma City...Season-high 26 points (10-15 FGA, 5-8 from Downtown) at San Antonio, Apr. 11...Missed one game (Apr. 26 at Sacramento) due to NBA suspension.

As A Collegian: Averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 69 games over two seasons at St. John’s, leading Red Storm to 50-19 record...Earned First-Team All-Big East accolades, Wooden Award finalist and was named Third-Team All-American by The Associated Press, Basketball Times and the NABC as a sophomore in 1998-99, helping to lead Red Storm to Elite Eight...Averaged 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds as a freshman, earning Big East All-Rookie and All-Big East Tournament honors in 1997-98.

Community Corner: Winner of 2010-11 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award...Actively involved in mental health awareness initiatives, auctioning off his 2010 NBA Championship ring to raise money for mental health programs and speaking before members of Congress in Washington as an advocate of mental health...Recognized by UCLA for his frequent visits to patients at UCLA’s neuropsychiatric hospital and for bringing awareness to the importance of mental health during a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Jan. 18, 2013. Received the school’s CICARE Award, becoming the first recipient of the award not affiliated with UCLA Health System...Joined Dwight Howard and the Laker Girls to serve Thanksgiving dinners to participants from Big Brothers/ Big Sisters at Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ in Torrance, Nov. 19, 2012...Launched his A.R.T.E.S.T. (Arithmetic Reaches Tomorrow’s Exemplary Students Today) Math Masters Program at Felix Cook Jr. Elementary School in Oct 2008; participants in the program utilized his game statistics to help master math fundamentals in preparation for the TAKS test...Brought a group of 18 kids from Queensbridge to Disney World in Florida in Aug. 2008...Joined a contingent of representatives from the NBAPA and the Feed the Children program on a goodwill mission to Africa in July 2007, distributing more than one million meals to impoverished areas in Nairobi as part of the NBPA’s “Feeding One Million” campaign...Reunited with the Feed the Children program for a mission to Central America in August 2007, delivering rations and supplies to deprived areas throughout Honduras...Launched a new welfare program in Sept 2007 titled “Xcel University,” which was established with the goal of identifying issues facing high-risk students while collaborating with schools and community centers to encourage and reward students who are leading productive lives...Visited “A Place Called Home,” a non- profit organization for homeless families in South Central Los Angeles, speaking to kids about the virtues of education and a life void of violence and drugs...Co-hosted 2006 Wheelchair Charities Classic at MSG...Sponsors basketball tournaments four times a year held at NYC’s Queensbridge Projects.

Personal: Metta World Peace...Born Ronald William Artest Jr.; legally changed name to Metta World Peace on Sep. 16, 2011...Wears No. 51 as a Knick to as tribute to his father, Ron Artest Sr., who wore the number at Long Island City HS in the mid-‘70s...Cast member for Season 13 of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” (2011)...Has a record label called “TruWarier”...Mathematics major at St. John’s... Named a McDonald’s All-American, as well as the Co-Player of the Year in New York City and the State of New York as a senior at La Salle Academy...Teamed with Elton Brand and Lamar Odom on the same AAU team as a teenager. 

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