|Position||Small forward/Shooting guard|
|Height||6 ft 7 in (2. The small forward, or colloquially the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation Basketball game The Shooting guard ( SG) also known as the two or off guard, is one of five traditional positions on a Basketball team A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit Inches redirects here To see the Les Savy Fav album see Inches. 01 m)|
|Weight||248 lb (112 kg)|
|Born||November 13, 1979 |
Queensbridge, Queens, New York
|College||St. John's University|
|Draft||16th overall, 1999|
|Former teams||Chicago Bulls (1999–2002)|
Indiana Pacers (2002–2005)
|Awards||2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year|
2004 NBA All-Star
Ronald (Ron) William Artest Jr. The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass The Sacramento Kings are a professional Basketball team based in Sacramento California. Events 1002 - English king Ethelred orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) Queensbridge Houses is the largest Public housing development in North America. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington D The Chicago Bulls are an American professional Basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern The Chicago Bulls are an American professional Basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern The 2003–04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. The National Basketball Association's Defensive Player of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA award given since the 1982–83 NBA season The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. (born November 13, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays with the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. Events 1002 - English king Ethelred orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m The Sacramento Kings are a professional Basketball team based in Sacramento California. Artest gained reputation as one of the premier defenders in the game today, winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004. The National Basketball Association's Defensive Player of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA award given since the 1982–83 NBA season However, he is one of the most controversial players and known for being one of the central figures in the Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons brawl. The Pacers-Pistons brawl (also known as The Malice at the Palace and The Basketbrawl) was an altercation that occurred in a National Basketball Association
Artest was born and raised in the Queensbridge projects in Queens, New York. Queensbridge Houses is the largest Public housing development in North America. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous He played high school basketball at La Salle Academy and college basketball at St. John's University from 1997-1999. La Salle Academy is a private school High school in the New York City borough of Manhattan. College basketball most often refers to the American Basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA  In 1999 he helped the Redstorm to the Elite 8 losing to Ohio State in a classic.
Artest was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls are an American professional Basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington D In the 1999-00 season he was named to the Schick All-Rookie Team. In 2 1/2 seasons with Chicago he averaged 12. 5 PTS. , 4. 2 REB. , 2. 9 AST. , and 2 STLS. per game.
In 2002, Artest was traded by the Bulls to the Pacers, along with Ron Mercer, Brad Miller, and Kevin Ollie, in exchange for Jalen Rose, Travis Best, Norman Richardson, and a second-round draft pick. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Ronald (Ron Eugene Mercer (born May 18 1976 in Nashville Tennessee) is a former American Basketball player at the University of Kentucky Bradley Alan Miller (born April 12 1976) is an American professional Basketball player currently starting at center for the Kevin Jermaine Ollie (born December 27 1972, in Dallas Texas) is an American professional Basketball player currently with the NBA Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30 1973 in Detroit Michigan) is an American professional Basketball player formerly in the Travis Eric Best (born July 12, 1972 in Springfield Massachusetts) is an AmericanIs a retired american professional basketball player Artest had his best season in the 2003-2004 season. He averaged 18. 3 points per game, 5. 7 rebounds per game, and 3. 7 assists per game. He made the 2004 All-Star Game as a reserve and he was the Defensive Player of the Year.
On November 19, 2004, Artest took center stage in arguably the most infamous brawl in professional basketball history. The Pacers-Pistons brawl (also known as The Malice at the Palace and The Basketbrawl) was an altercation that occurred in a National Basketball Association Events 1095 - The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "
The game took place in Auburn Hills, Michigan between Artest's Pacers and the home team Detroit Pistons. Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the US state of Michigan. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area The brawl began when Artest fouled Pistons center Ben Wallace as Wallace was putting up a shot. In Basketball, a personal foul is a breach of the rules that concerns illegal personal contact with an opponent The center, colloquially the five, is one of the standard positions in a regulation Basketball game Ben Camey Wallace (born September 10 1974 in White Hall Alabama) is an American professional Basketball player in the National 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. Violence in sports can result in chaotic brawls both by athletes and fans 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 believed to be responsible (who turned out to be the wrong man), 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 and teammates Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were suspended indefinitely the day after the game, along with Wallace. Jermaine Lee O'Neal (born October 13 1978, in Columbia South Carolina) is an American professional Basketball player who plays Stephen Jesse Jackson (born April 5 1978 in Port Arthur, Texas) is an American professional Basketball player and a co-captain
On November 21, the NBA announced that Artest would be suspended for the remainder of the season (73 games plus playoff appearances). Events 164 BC - Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This is the longest non-drug or betting related suspension in NBA history. Recreational drug use is the use of Psychoactive drugs for Recreational purposes rather than for work, medical or spiritual purposes Eight other players (four Pacers and four Pistons) received suspensions, without pay, that 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 barred from attending any events at the Palace for life. Artest lost approximately $5 million in salary due to the suspension.
Early in the 2005-06 season, Artest requested a trade from the Indiana Pacers and was put on the team's inactive roster. The 2005–06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. 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. Larry Joe Bird (born December 7 1956 is a retired American NBA Basketball player widely considered as one of the best players of all time and one of the top ”
On January 24, 2006, reports from NBA sources confirmed that the Sacramento Kings had agreed to trade Peja Stojaković to the Pacers for Artest. Events 41 - Gaius Caesar (Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel Despotism, is Assassinated by his disgruntled Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The Sacramento Kings are a professional Basketball team based in Sacramento California. Predrag "Peja" Stojaković ( Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Стојаковић - Пеђа) (born June 9 1977 is a Serbian Basketball 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 Ron 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. Events 41 - After a night of negotiation Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate
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. Richard Leonard Adelman (born June 16 1946 in Lynwood California, United States) is a retired American Basketball player 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. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to ” Fox Sports proclaimed, “Artest has Kings back in playoff hunt. See also Fox Sports (Australia and Fox Sports Net. Fox Sports is a division of the Fox Broadcasting Company (part of ”
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 San Antonio Spurs are an American professional Basketball team based in San Antonio Texas. Emanuel David Ginóbili or Manu Ginóbili (born 28 July 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina) is an Argentine basketball player 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. Gawen DeAngelo "Bonzi" Wells (born September 28, 1976 in Muncie Indiana, U The 2005–06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. 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. The Houston Rockets are an American professional Basketball team based in Houston Texas. Artest also offered to donate his salary to retain the services of head coach Rick Adelman, whose contract expired after the same season. Richard Leonard Adelman (born June 16 1946 in Lynwood California, United States) is a retired American Basketball player Adelman and the Kings did not agree on a contract extension so the two parted ways.
In mid-August 2006, Artest completed some of his community service requirements by lecturing a group of Detroit-area children. However, criticism was made when Ron Artest continued to defend his actions and brought up his troubled past, mentioning that he had been selling cocaine after his parents divorced at the age of 13. Cocaine ( benzoylmethyl ecgonine) is a Crystalline Tropane Alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the Coca plant
In spite of his abilities, Artest has been the subject of much controversy. During his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, he was subject to criticism for applying for a job at Circuit City, just to get an employee discount. The Chicago Bulls are an American professional Basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern Circuit City ( is an American dealer and retailer in brand-name consumer electronics personal computers and entertainment software  He once attended an Indiana Pacers practice 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. The 2004–05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA For the coaching strategy game see NFL Head Coach. A head coach is a professional who is responsible for the overall actions of Richard Preston Carlisle (pronounced KAHR-lye-uhl (born October 27, 1959 in Ogdensburg New York) is a former Basketball player and former  Artest had also been suspended for three games in 2003 for destroying a television camera in Madison Square Garden, New York City, and for four games for a confrontation with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley in 2003. Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially as The Garden, has been the name of four Arenas in New York City. The Miami Heat (often referred to simply as the Heat, including in some official team publications with HEAT in all capital letters are a professional Basketball Patrick James Riley (born March 20 1945 is a former American National Basketball Association head coach and current team president of the Miami Heat.  He has also been suspended several times for flagrant fouls. A flagrant foul is a serious contact foul involving unnecessary and/or excessive and/or intentional contact in sport 
At the start of the 2004-05 season, Artest changed his uniform number. The 2004–05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA In past seasons with Indiana, he had worn the number 23 in tribute to NBA legend Michael Jordan. Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17 1963 is a retired American professional Basketball player and active businessman For the 2004-05 season he wore the number 91; a tribute to former multiple Defensive Player of the Year award winner Dennis Rodman, another controversial basketball player from the late 1980s and the 1990s. Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13 1961 is a retired American professional Basketball National Basketball Association (NBA player of the Detroit Pistons After being suspended for the remainder of the season due to his involvement in the Pacers-Pistons brawl, Artest reverted his number back to the original he wore for the majority of his basketball life, number 15, though he switched to number 93 after being traded to the Sacramento Kings. The Pacers-Pistons brawl (also known as The Malice at the Palace and The Basketbrawl) was an altercation that occurred in a National Basketball Association The Sacramento Kings are a professional Basketball team based in Sacramento California. He wears the number 93 with Sacramento because he says it represents the Queensbridge projects where he grew up, with the “9” representing the “Q” in Queens and the “3” representing the “B” in Bridge.  Also, the inspiration for Artest choosing 93 as his number was inspired by Souls of Mischief's 1993 album 93 'til Infinity. Souls of Mischief is an Alternative hip hop group from Oakland California, that is also part of the hip hop collective, Hieroglyphics. 93 'til Infinity is the classic debut album by Souls of Mischief. 
In October 2005, Artest gained more attention when he, fully clothed, graced the cover of Penthouse magazine, along with three bikini-clad models. Penthouse, a Men 's Magazine founded by Bob Guccione, combines urban lifestyle articles and Soft-core pornographic pictorials
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 regarding suspicions that a dog at his home in Loomis was not receiving adequate food. Placer County (from Spanish: placer - "pleasure" is a county located in the Sierra Nevada of the U Loomis is an incorporated town in Placer County, California, United States. On February 5, officers returned and seized Socks, a black female Great Dane, removing her into protective custody with a local veterinarian. The Great Dane, Danish Hound, or German Mastiff, is a breed of Domestic dog ( The seizure action 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 a phone conversation with a reporter from local TV news channel CBS13, Artest said he had gotten rid of all his dogs because he wasn't able to take care of them.  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 over 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, Ron Artest was arrested for domestic abuse, and was excused from the Sacramento Kings by GM Geoff Petrie until he's ready to come back. Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. General Manager or GM for short is a descriptive term for certain executives in a Business operation Geoffrey Michael Petrie (born April 17 1948, in Darby Pennsylvania) is the Sacramento Kings ' President of Basketball Operations On March 10th, The Kings announced that Artest would return to his team while his case is being reviewed by the Placer County District Attorney. On May 3, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail and community service, however, Artest did not spend any more time in jail as ten days of the sentence were stayed by the judge and Artest served the other 10 days in a work release program. Events 1491 - Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries adopting the baptismal name of João However, on July 14, 2007, the NBA decided that Artest would serve a seven game suspension at the beginning of the 2007-08 NBA season for his recent legal problems. Events 1223 - Louis VIII becomes King of France upon the death of his father Philip II of France. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The 2007–08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. 
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