Metta World Peace, born Ron Artest, is an American former basketball player. At present, he is working as the coach for the ‘South Bay Lakers’. Here’s a quick summary of his net worth in 2019.
Metta World Peace was born on 13 November, 1979 and grew up in Queens, New York. He was born as Ronald William Artest Jr., but on 16 September, 2011, he officially renamed himself as “Metta World Peace”. He is the eldest child of his parents. His two younger brothers are Daniel and Isaiah. Initially, he joined La Salle Academy and played his high school level basketball there. Afterwards, he joined St. John’s University and from 1997 to 1999, he played college level basketball at this University. He graduated in mathematics from St. John’s. While Metta was playing basketball in the various tournaments of New York, he got a lot of fame and was even given different nicknames, like “The New World Order” and “Tru Warier”.
Metta World Peace has a son named Jeron from his high school girlfriend, Jennifer Palma. In June 2003, he was married to Kimsha Artest who was then a cast member of “Basketball Wives: LA”, which is a reality TV show of VH1. The couple has 3 children named Diamond, Ron III, and Sadie. Six years after their marriage, they got divorced in 2009.
During the 1999 NBA draft, the ‘Chicago Bulls’ selected Metta World Peace to play his first professional game. For the next 2.5 years, he continued to play for the ‘Bulls’ in 175 games. During this time, his average points and rebounds were 12.5 and 4 per game respectively. Metta was listed in the Second Team of NBA All Rookie for the 1999-2000 season. In the mid of 2001, he was bought by the ‘Indiana Pacers’. While playing for the ‘Pacers’ in the 2003-04 season, his average score was 3.7 assists/game, 5.7 rebounds/game and 18.3 points/game.
During the NBA All Star Game of 2004, Metta was hailed as the most defensive player of that year. In a fight between the ‘Pacers’ and the ‘Detroit Pistons’ on 19 November 2004, Metta’s name surfaced as the main culprit and so he was suspended by the NBA for all the remaining games of the regular season. He was also barred from playing any playoff games. In the 2005-2006 seasons, on Metta’s request, he was again bought by the ‘Indiana Pacers’. On 25 January, 2006, Metta was traded by the ‘Pacers’ with ‘Sacramento Kings’ despite Metta’s unwillingness to play with the ‘Kings’. With Metta in their team, the ‘Kings’ displayed their best ever performance in the 2006 season.
On 14 August 2008, Metta was bought by the ‘Houston Rockets’ to play for the 2008-09 season. Playing for the ‘Rockets’, Metta performed well, but due to some fouls he was barred from playing a few games. In 2009, Metta was bought by the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’ for five years. While playing for the ‘Lakers’, Metta played his first NBA finals by scoring 25 points against the ‘Phoenix Suns’ and defeating them in the 6th game of the 2010 Western Conference Finals. On 24 April, 2012, for playing a flagrant foul, Metta was barred for the next 7 games including the finale game of the ‘Lakers’ against the ‘Sacramento Kings’.
On 11 January, 2013, while playing against the ‘Thunders’, he got injured in his right leg and was rested for two months. He got another injury in his left knee, while playing against the ‘Golden State Warriors’ on 25 March. His knee was operated and he was advised six weeks of rest by the doctors, but he returned to the game only after 12 days and performed average. He was bought by the ‘New York Knicks’ for the 2013-14 season and by the ‘Sichuan Blue Whales’ for the 2014-15 season. However, due to his knee injury, he couldn’t play for all the games.
In a total of 15 games that he played for the ‘Whales’, he scored an average of 2.3 steals, 6 rebounds and 19 points per game. On 24 September, 2015, Metta again returned to the ‘Lakers’ and played for two seasons. He performed very well during these two seasons and led the ‘Lakers’ to new heights. After playing his last game with the ‘Lakers’ in the 2017 season, Metta retired from professional basketball. On 23 October, 2017, the ‘South Bay Lakers’ hired Metta as coach for their player’s development.
Awards and Achievements
• “Haggerty Award” in 1999
• “NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award” in 2004
• “NBA All-Star” in 2004
• “NBA championship” in 2010
• “J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award” in 2011.
Net Worth of Metta World Peace
Net worth of Metta World Peace till date is $40 million. He acquired most of his wealth by playing basketball. This wealth is believed to increase further as he continues to earn even today by coaching basketball players.
Metta World Peace gained a lot of fame with his fabulous performances on the basketball court. He started playing basketball from high school and continued to play till his health permitted. Apart from a few controversies, his professional career as a basketball player is commendable.