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Ronald William "Ron" Artest, Jr. (born November 13, 1979) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player who is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. Artest gained a reputation as one of the league's premier defenders as he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004. He was also criticized for assaulting a fan in the Pacers–Pistons brawl and is known for his sometimes eccentric, outspoken behavior.


Artest was born and raised in the Queensbridgemarker projects in Queensmarker, New Yorkmarker. Artest has 2 younger brothers, Isaiah and Daniel. He played high school basketball at La Salle Academymarker and college basketball at St. John's Universitymarker from 1997–1999 majoring in mathematics . In 1999 he helped the Red Storm to the Elite Eight, losing to Ohio State in a classic game. He gained fame playing in some of New York City's high profile summer basketball tournaments at Nikemarker Pro City, Hoops in the Sun at Orchard Beachmarker, Bronxmarker, New Yorkmarker and Dyckman Park at Washington Heightsmarker, earning himself nicknames such as Tru Warrier and The New World Order, a name he received from Randy Cruz (one of the co-founders of the Hoops In The Sun basketball league at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, New York).

As a teenager, he was teamed with Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers and Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers on the same AAU team.

Growing up in a rough neighborhood Artest claims he witnessed murder on a basketball court. "It was so competitive, they broke a leg from a table and they threw it, it went right through his heart and he died right on the court. So I'm accustomed to playing basketball really rough."

Chicago Bulls

Artest was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA Draft.

Artest played a total of 175 games for the Bulls over 2-1/2 years, the bulk as a starter, during which time he averaged about 12.5 points and just over 4 rebounds per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in the 1999–2000.

Midway through the 2001-02 season, Ron was traded by Chicago to the Indiana Pacers along with Ron Mercer, Brad Miller, and Kevin Ollie, in exchange for Jalen Rose, Travis Best, Norman Richardson, and a 2nd Round draft pick.

Indiana Pacers

Following his trade to the Pacers, Ron Artest had the best season of his professional career. In 2003–04 season he averaged 18.3 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game. Ron made the 2004 All-Star Game as a reserve and was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Artest wore three jersey numbers for the Pacers: 15, 23 and 91.

Pacers–Pistons brawl

On November 19, 2004, Artest took center stage in arguably the most infamous brawl in professional sports history.

The game took place in Auburn Hills, Michiganmarker between Artest's Pacers and the home team Detroit Pistons. The brawl began when Artest fouled Pistons center Ben Wallace as Wallace was putting up a shot. Wallace, upset at being fouled hard when the game was effectively over (the Pacers led 97–82), responded by shoving Artest, leading to an altercation near the scorer's table. Artest walked to the sideline and lay down on the scorer's table. Reacting to Wallace throwing something at Artest, Pistons fan John Green threw a cup of beer at Artest, hitting him. Artest jumped into the front-row seats and confronted a man he incorrectly believed to be responsible which in turn erupted into a brawl between Pistons fans and several of the Pacers. Artest returned to the basketball court, and punched Pistons fan A.J. Shackleford, who was apparently taunting Artest verbally. This fight resulted in the game being stopped with less than a minute remaining. Artest teammates Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were suspended indefinitely the day after the game, along with Wallace.

On November 21, the NBA announced that Artest would be suspended for the remainder of the season (73 games and playoff), the longest non-drug or betting related suspension in NBA history. Eight other players (four Pacers and four Pistons) received suspensions, without pay, which ranged from one to thirty games in length. Each of the Pacers players involved were levied fines and ordered to do community service. Several fans were also charged and were banned from attending any events at the Palace for life. Artest lost approximately $7 million in salary due to the suspension.

Aftermath and trade

Early in the 2005–06 season, Artest requested a trade from the Indiana Pacers and was put on the team's inactive roster. Artest's call for a trade created a rift between him and his teammates. "We felt betrayed, a little disrespected," teammate Jermaine O'Neal said. As for their basketball relationship, O'Neal said: "The business relationship is over. That's fact." Pacers president Larry Bird said he also felt "betrayed" and "disappointed."

On January 24, 2006, reports from NBA sources confirmed that the Sacramento Kings had agreed to trade Peja Stojaković to the Pacers for Artest. However, before the trade could be completed, many press outlets reported that Artest had informed team management that he did not want to go to Sacramento. According to Artest's agent, his original trade request was only made because he was upset when he heard rumors that the Pacers were going to trade him to Sacramento for Stojaković early in the season. While not denying his agent's story, Artest did deny that he had rejected the trade to Sacramento, saying that he would play anywhere; hence, contradicting earlier press accounts stating Artest was holding up the trade. Given conflicting accounts, it is unclear why the trade was delayed, but it was nevertheless completed on January 25 and Artest was officially sent to the Kings for Stojaković.

Sacramento Kings

Though traded midseason to the Kings franchise, Artest quickly found his place on the team by providing some much needed defense. Though many feared his abrasive personality would be a problem, he worked well with his teammates and then coach Rick Adelman. Artest wore #93 for his jersey number with the Kings. Since acquiring Artest in late January 2006, the team immediately went on a 14–5 run, the team's best run of the season. The Kings broke .500 and landed the eighth spot in the Western Conference. This prompted ESPN to declare that "Ron Artest has breathed new life in the Sacramento Kings and enhanced their chances of reaching the playoffs for the ninth straight year." Fox Sports proclaimed, "Artest has Kings back in playoff hunt."

He was suspended for Game 2 of the team's first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs following a flagrant foul (elbow to the head) on Manu Ginóbili. The Kings eventually were eliminated from the playoffs in six games.

After the playoffs, Artest offered to donate his entire salary to keep teammate Bonzi Wells with the team, who became a free agent after the 2005–06 NBA season. He even jokingly threatened to kill Wells if he did not re-sign with the Kings. Wells was later picked up by the Houston Rockets and then traded to the New Orleans Hornets for former Sacramento Kings player Bobby Jackson. Artest also offered to donate his salary to retain the services of head coach Rick Adelman, whose contract expired after the same season. Adelman and the Kings did not agree on a contract extension so the two parted ways.

Houston Rockets

On July 29, 2008, it was reported that Artest was to be traded to the Houston Rockets along with Patrick Ewing, Jr. and Sean Singletary for Bobby Jackson, recently drafted forward Donté Greene, a 2009 first-round draft pick, and cash considerations. The deal was made official on August 14, due to Greene's rookie contract signing on July 14. In response to the trade, Yao Ming was generally positive, but jokingly said that "hopefully he's not fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands." In response, Artest said, "This is Tracy (McGrady) and Yao's team, you know. I'm not going to take it personal. I understand what Yao said, but I'm still ghetto. That's not going to change. I'm never going to change my culture. Yao has played with a lot of black players, but I don't think he's ever played with a black player that really represents his culture as much as I represent my culture."

Since then, Artest and Yao have exchanged extensive phone calls. Artest has also said, "Whatever Adelman needs me to do, whether that's come off the bench, sixth, seventh man, start, I don't even care. Whatever he needs me to do, I'm 100 percent sure it's going to work out."
On October 30, 2008, Artest received his first technical as a Houston Rocket, as he raced towards a group of Mavericks players and then quickly went to Yao Ming who bumped Josh Howard after play stopped. Artest was trying to pull Yao Ming away from the play and to the foul line, but contact was made with Maverick players. The TNT broadcast crew felt this technical was not warranted, and was based upon Artest's prior reputation as a feisty player in the league.

On April 30, 2009, Ron Artest helped the Houston Rockets advance past the first round for the first time in 11 seasons.

On May 6, 2009, Ron Artest was ejected in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers after Kobe Bryant committed what was later ruled to be a Flagrant 1 foul, for elbowing. Artest was indignant after having Kobe's forearm jabbed into his throat but finding himself called for the offensive foul. He preceded to give Bryant a piece of his mind after the play and then asked the officials to call the foul on Kobe, which resulted in an ejection by Joey Crawford. The TNT broadcast crew felt this technical was not warranted, and was possibly due to Crawford confusing Artest's protestations that he was elbowed in the throat with a throat slashing motion, which is an automatic ejection.

On May 8, 2009, Artest was again ejected from Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter after a hard foul on Pau Gasol, who was attempting to dunk on a fast-break. Commentators and even Kobe Bryant whom had had an altercation with Artest in Game 2 in which Artest was ejected agreed the flagrant two foul and subsequent ejection was not warranted. True enough, it was determined the next day that the foul was not serious enough to warrant an ejection, and the flagrant two was downgraded.

Los Angeles Lakers

In July 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Ron Artest to a five-year deal worth about $33 million. Artest will wear number 37 in honor of Michael Jackson. Jackson's Thriller album was at No. 1 on the charts for 37 straight weeks.

Career transactions


Artest has been a subject of frequent controversy. In his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, he was criticized for applying for a job at Circuit City in order to get an employee discount. He once attended a practice with the Indiana Pacers in a bath robe. He was suspended for two games in the early 2004–05 season by Pacers coach Rick Carlisle after he allegedly asked for a month off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album for the group Allure on his production label. Artest had also been suspended for three games in 2003 for destroying a television camera at Madison Square Gardenmarker, and for four games for a confrontation with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley in 2003. He has also been suspended several times for flagrant fouls. Artest was also involved in the infamous Pistons-Pacers brawl in 2004.

Legal troubles

According to a Placer County report obtained by the Sacramento Bee, on January 30, 2007, Animal Services officers issued a "pre-seizure" notice to Artest, on the suspicion that a dog at his home in Loomismarker was not getting adequate food. On February 5, officers returned and seized Socks, a black female Great Dane, removing her into protective custody with a local veterinarian. The seizure cited a law that requires animal caretakers to "provide proper sustenance". Artest later sent an email to the Bee, writing "I'm glad to say all problems are solved now, and I'm looking forward to getting my dog back." In March 2007, his dog was released under a foster care agreement after being treated for more than a month. In April 2007, the Placer County District Attorney's Office announced that it would not file charges against Artest for the incident. It also was reported by Placer County Animal Services and by Artest that he agreed to allow Socks to be adopted by a new owner.

On March 5, 2007, Artest was arrested for domestic abuse, and excused from Sacramento Kings indefinitely by GM Geoff Petrie. On March 10, Kings announced that Artest would return to the team, while his case was being reviewed by the Placer County District Attorney. On May 3, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail and community service. Artest spent only 10 days in the jail, as the judge stayed 10 days of the sentence, and served the remainder in a work release program. On July 14, 2007, the NBA suspended Artest for seven games at the beginning of the 2007–08 NBA season for his legal problems.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

72 63 31.1 .407 .314 .674 4.3 2.8 1.6 .5 12.0
76 74 31.1 .401 .291 .750 3.9 3.0 2.0 .6 11.9
27 26 30.5 .433 .396 .628 4.9 2.9 2.8 .9 15.6
28 24 29.3 .411 .215 .733 5.0 1.8 2.4 .6 10.9
69 67 33.6 .428 .336 .736 5.2 2.9 2.3 .7 15.5
73 71 37.2 .421 .310 .733 5.3 3.7 2.1 .7 18.3
7 7 41.6 .496 .412 .922 6.4 3.1 1.7 .9 24.6
16 16 37.7 .460 .333 .612 4.9 2.2 2.6 .7 19.4
40 40 40.1 .383 .302 .717 5.2 4.2 2.0 .8 16.9
70 65 37.7 .440 .358 .740 6.5 3.4 2.1 .6 18.8
57 54 38.1 .453 .380 .719 5.8 3.5 2.3 .7 20.5
69 55 35.5 .401 .399 .748 5.2 3.3 1.5 .3 17.1
604 562 34.8 .422 .342 .723 5.1 3.2 2.1 .6 16.1
1 0 17.0 .600 .000 .500 3.0 3.0 1.0 .0 7.0


5 5 33.4 .407 .462 .692 6.0 3.2 2.6 .6 11.8
6 6 42.0 .389 .387 .800 5.8 2.2 2.5 1.0 19.0
15 15 38.9 .378 .288 .718 6.5 3.2 1.4 1.1 18.4
5 5 39.6 .383 .333 .696 5.0 3.0 1.6 .8 17.4
13 13 37.5 .394 .277 .714 4.3 4.2 1.1 .2 15.6
44 44 38.4 .387 .314 .730 5.5 3.3 1.6 .7 16.8


Artest is currently endorsed by Chinese athletics brand Peak along with teammate Sasha Vujacic.

In 2008, Artest appeared in a video promoting companion animal spaying and neutering for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals entitled "Have the balls to spay and neuter your dog."



  1. Ron Artest Pro and College Stats
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  3. : Ron Artest Bio Page
  4. A wild and crazy night: Kobe gets tough, Artest gets angry and the NBA has some decisions to make. Retrieved on May 7, 2009.
  6. Tim Davenport, "A Ron Artest Review: The Soap Opera So Far," Silver Screen and Roll, July 4, 2009.
  7. 'Betrayed' Bird says Artest must go - December 27, 2005
  8. NBA Preview - Lakers At Kings - March 14, 2006
  9. Rockets agree to send pick, Greene, Jackson to Kings for Artest
  13. Bulls Acquire Rose, Best in Seven-Player Trade
  14. Kings Acquire Ron Artest for Peja Stojakovic
  15. It's official: Rockets acquire Ron Artest in blockbuster trade
  16. Artest Timeline: Ron-Ron's troubled past
  17. NBA Star Ron Artest's Spay and Neuter PETA Ad

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