I guess we can call him the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest now that he changed his name to Metta World Peace, right?
After a month delay of being able to change his name to unpaid parking tickets, Ron Artest officially had his name changed to Metta World Peace this morning by an L.A. judge.
Artest filed to change his name 3 months ago. Now we want a basketball season so we can see if any refs cal la foul on World Peace. Hmm.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Is It Too Late To Change My Name From DrFunkenberry?
It was in July that Lebron James announced he was" taking his talents to South Beach" making enemieseverywhere withhis decision. It's a decision that he needs to live with and the only way to do it is to dominate. Easier said than done however.
"Did you hear that Lebron James is getting his own I-Phone? The phone will only be able to vibrate though? Why? Just like Lebron, it has no rings."
We all heard the joke. Now, what will Lebron do about it?
I said he made enemies and he made them everywhere. In Cleveland, in Chicago, in New York, In Orlando, and even in Los Angeles. The defending champions feel disrespected. All the attention on Lebron, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade when they have not won anything yet. However, the move is actually good for Kobe. Why?
The Los Angeles Lakers along withthe Boston Celtics are beloved franchises..and also the most hated. That day in July, both teams became less hated. The Lakers were now baby faces. A friend of mine who hates the Lakers with a passion says he will be rooting for the Lakers when they play the Heat on Christmas day and other games. I am not sure everyone who plays in the Lakers division feels the same way.
Kobe's arrogance is now seen as part of his game. His love. His determination for it. The NBA wants to see Kobe and the Lakers knock off the Heat. Well, aside from the South Florida area. Last year at this time? Lakers were hated. Here they were bringing in thug Ron Artest and the decision did not sit well with Laker faithful. Kobe along with Phil Jackson and GM Mitch Kupcheck said they brought Artest to handle the Celtics. I thought it was BS but in the end, Artest was the one who put the nail in the coffin against the Suns and then stepped up in Game 7 to beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
Everyone was expecting a Cavs/Lakers match-up in the Finals, with the Cavs taking the 2 regular season games against the Lakers. I knew it was not meant to be. How? In a regular season game against the Celtics, the Cavs had a 20+ point lead going into the 4th quarter. They lost by 10 to an aging Celtics team that had no business winning. They had what Lebron lacked then and that was the heart of a champion. I got flack for that comment but guaranteed that the Cavs would not make it to the NBA Finals. They didn't.
Lebron still has yet to show me he has heart or even a heart of a champion. He said it flat out in Sports Illustrated that he hates the "pressure of taking the last shot" and is relieved "that Wade will be the go to guy at the end of the game." Doesn't sound like heart to me.
The NBA has a true team to root against right now in the Heat. The Celtics will be their main rivals and the Lakers the pot of gold at the end of their journey if they actually can make it.
Last season, I did not watch a single game until the NBA Finals. I did not care. I knew what was going to happen. Until the Finals. The Celtics had heart and were not going to lay down for the Lakers. The regular season was boring to me. This season? Not so much. I plan on watching the Lakers get their rings tonight. I didn't do that last year. Again, I did not care.
This season, I do care. I will follow every Laker game and from time to time, check my Blackberry to see who I am rooting for against the Heat.-Dr.FB
Ron Artest was on the George Lopez show with his therapist Helen Mirren and talks about how Kobe never passes him the ball. LOL.
Check out the video above.-Dr.FB
Jonah Hill, who will be starring in "Get Him To The Greek" next Friday with Russell Brand, was at the Staple Center for the Los Angeles Lakers versus Phoenix Suns Playoff game last night.
Jonah's seat was right next to the Laker bench and Kobe Bryant. Hill looks unfazed. We wonder how he was when the goat of the Laker season Ron Artest hit the luckiest shot at the end of the game to stun the Suns and bring themselves to being one game away from the NBA Finals.
BTW, Artest made the most of being the man of the moment and wore a Los Lakers shirt to his press conference. So, as much as Phil Jackson was praising him, the might be grilling him for bringing politics into it when he said before the series he did not want either team wearing the "Los" jerseys in response to what is going on in Arizona right now.
Also, Jonah's seat was hotness as he was sitting next to Lauren Sanchez. If you don't know who Lauren is, you may want to google her. Seriously.-Dr.FB
A month to the day of meeting, Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom are married. Well..sort of.
The pre-nup was never agreed on, which was important to Lamar and could not be signed before the Sunday wedding. There will be what is called a post-nup. But why go ahead with the wedding if that is not agreed upon? The reason? E! Television was shooting the wedding and was footing the bill if they get married on Sunday. Ahh. Television.
So, for intents and purposes, they were married last night. For legal reasons, there will be a post-nup and most likely a very small civil ceremony afterwards to make it legit, but last night will be what they will call the real marriage. Word has it they even conssumated the marriage at a hotel room last night in Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, and Luke Walton along with other Lakers were in attendance. Joe Francis was in attendance, but the person he fought with ,and is Khloe's step-brother, Brody Jenner was not there. Ryan Seacrest was there, who produces "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and I am sure would love for this to turn into another show.-Dr.FB
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are getting married this Sunday and it is being reported it will be filled with purple and gold.
Lamar has invited the entire Laker team to the wedding including coaches and management. The event will be a private affair and since the wedding is taking place so fast (Odom proposes last week and the couple met last month) people are being invited over the phone and that is how the guest list is being prepared. Could you imagine Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, and Ron Artest being the groomsmen at your wedding? Dayum.
So far, the location has not been leaked but since the entire team has been told, expect it to leak. Lamar wanted to be married before he leaves for training camp October 7th. So far, Khloe has not been spotted with a ring.-Dr.FB
New Laker Ron Artest covers Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" and basketball fans say don't quit your day job Ron.
It is a laugh riot though. What do you think?-Dr.FB
With Trevor Ariza most likely going to the Rockets or the Cavs, the Lakers made a bold move and are about to sign Ron Artest for 3 years/$ 18 million dollars.
Shaq is now a Cav and promises to get the King A Ring. We will see if Lebron gets one.
Unhappy to see Ariza go. Artest is a great defender but what he comes with could be deadly. Oh well. Under Phil Jackson, Rodman bloomed into a flower with less trouble. Maybe this could just work.-Dr.FB