Ron Artest: Does Name Change Signal He No Longer Cares About Hoops?
Ron Artest Has Come Up With Another Idea So We Don't Overlook Him
Well he's at it again. Ron Artest is back in the news for something other than basketball. No, he didn't punch anyone or do something malicious, actually it is the exact opposite. Ron Artest has changed his name. The former Artest shall now be called........ Metta World Peace?
That is right. The same man that: flew into the stands and assaulted a fan, has been to court for domestic violence, and is known for his physical, and sometimes dirty, defense. Now this guy changes his name to something about World Peace!? Wait, Ron, did you find religion and inner tranquility somewhere?
Personally this is a publicity stunt and an act. Nothing new for the man who tried out a rap career and failed. I am not shocked that Artest has pulled a Chad Johnson, or should I say Ochocinco? It is time to man up and realize what this all means. Artest doesn't care about hoops anymore. He is coming off his worst season as a professional.
He started all 82 games, and averaged only eight points a game which is well off his career average of 14 points. He also shot under 40% from the field for only the second time in his career. Phil Jackson must have thought the same thing, because he dropped Artest's minutes to only 29 a game. Some analysts will also tell you that his defense took a step backwards.
If fans don't believe that Artest is slowing down, then please explain the name change? It has to be a stunt to put his name back in the media. Why else do it on draft night of all things? Artest is very selfish and it is about time to stop this act. He is 31 years old and is a veteran in the league. If he cannot take the game serious, he needs to retire.
That's my peaceful opinion.
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