This man is always good for a surprise: Ron Artest junior aka Metta World Peace aka Pandas Friend is called differently again.
Because he recently married his girlfriend Maya Ford, the former NBA star now wants to be called Metta Ford Artest. This revealed the 40-year-old ex-player of the Los Angeles Lakers on the network show Inside the Green Room with Danny Green.
Milestone for LeBron James! With 29 points against the Philadelphia 76ers, he overtakes the late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in the eternal NBA scorer list. The 35-year-old continues to stalk the top of the ranking, which he will probably not achieve
Germany’s superstar Dirk Nowitzki has already overtaken LeBron. Nevertheless, Dirkules will be in the top six for the foreseeable future. SPORT1 shows the top 20 best points collectors in NBA history (as of January 26, 2020)
PLACE 20: ALEX ENGLISH – 1983 became English for the Denver Nuggets Scoring Champion, in the all-time best list it is currently enough with 20,613 points to 20th place
PLACE 19: VINCE CARTER – The only NBA player who has been on the stage of the best league in the world in four decades has recently overtaken English with now 25,618 points (January 26, 2020) and is currently ranked 19th
PLACE 18: CARMELO ANTHONY – After waiting a long time for a new team, Melo is back. In his fourth assignment for the Portland Trail Blazers, he moved up to 18th place and is now there with 26,053 points (26.1.2020)
PLACE 17: KEVIN GARNETT – He’s been on the same level with Dirk Nowitzki for a while, but has had to let him go in the last few years of his career. Garnett announced his retirement before the 2016/2017 season. In the end there are 26,071 points on “The Big Ticket”
PLACE 16: JOHN HAVLICEK – The Celtics Guard became famous through a steal, but 26,395 points also impressively demonstrate his scorer qualities. In 1965 he intercepted the throw-in in the decisive seventh final of the Eastern Conference against the Philadelphia 76ers and thus secured Boston’s victory. Commentator Johnny Most then makes him immortal
15th place: PAUL PIERCE – Pierce’s scoring cut suffers after big times at the Boston Celtics due to the move to Brooklyn and advancing age. After a stopover in Washington, “The Truth” ended his career with the L.A. Clippers after the 2016/17 season. Overall, he scores 26,397 points. In 2008 he secured the coveted championship ring with the Celtics
14th place: TIM DUNCAN – Duncan scored points for the San Antonio Spurs from 1997 to 2016 and reached 26,496 points by the end of his career. Duncan also owns five championships and two MVP titles
PLACE 13: DOMINIQUE WILKINS – It is not for nothing that he is called “The Human Highlight Film”. The two-time Dunking king scored many of his 26,668 points spectacularly. He spends the best of his career with the Atlanta Hawks and becomes a scoring champion in 1986
12th place: OSCAR ROBERTSON – Between 1960 and 1974 Robertson scored 26,710 points. The versatile playmaker is in twelfth place. “The Big O” leads Milwaukee to the NBA title in 1971. He and Russell Westbrook are the only players in NBA history to manage a season with an average triple double (1961/62: 30.8 points; 12.5 rebounds; 11.4 assists)
11th place: HAKEEM OLAJUWON – A technician in the middle: The Nigerian-born Olajuwon (26,946 points) is twelve all-star and two defensive players of the year. “The Dream” leads the Rockets to two championships (1994, 1995)
10th place: ELVIN HAYES – 18 years, 27,313 points in the NBA: Hayes is “The Big E” and twelve-time all-star. In 1978 he led the Washington Bullets to the title. He is still the best scorer in the history of today’s wizards
PLACE 9: MOSES MALONE – He played for a total of nine different NBA teams between 1974 and 1995. He ended his career at the San Antonio Spurs with 27,409 points – ninth place. Malone is also elected MVP three times
8th place: SHAQUILLE O’NEAL – With 28,596 points, O’Neal ends his career at the Boston Celtics. “Shaq Diesel” scored the most points for the Los Angeles Lakers in cooperation with Kobe Bryant. Despite three NBA titles, there are always disagreements between the star duo. Still, the man of 1000 nicknames is one of the greatest players of all time
7th place: WILT CHAMBERLAIN – After moving from the Harlem Globetrotters to the NBA in 1959, “The Big Dipper” posted 31,419 points. “Wilt the Stilt” is active for the Warriors, the 76ers and the Lakers. The really legendary: With only 941 games he achieved the 30,000 points. For comparison: Kobe Bryant needs 1179 games
6th place: DIRK NOWITZKI (31,560) – With a classic Nowitzki jump shot against the New Orleans Pelicans, Würzburg catapults to sixth place in the ranking and leaves the legendary Wilt Chamberlain behind. Nowitzki became the first European MVP in 2007 and won the longed-for NBA title in 2011. The Top 5 misses “Dirkules”, but there is no danger from behind
5TH: MICHAEL JORDAN – “His Airness” is “only” fifth with 32,292 points. Jordan wins the scorer crown ten times. Without his baseball trip, he would have many more counters on his account. The six-time champion’s average of 30.12 per game is the highest in NBA history
PLACE 4: KOBE BRYANT – The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has 33,643 points at the end of his career. With a free throw, the “Black Mamba” on December 14, 2014 passes the idol Jordan quite unspectacularly. On January 26, 2020, Bryant died just hours after being pushed out of third place on the list
PLACE 3: LEBRON JAMES – King James swallows the NBA legends like on an assembly line. After 29 points against the 76ers, he grabbed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and is currently at 33,655 points (26.1.2020). Only a few hours later, Bryant dies in a helicopter crash
PLACE 2: KARL MALONE – The “Mailman” delivers: Malone – 18 of his 19 seasons active for Utah Jazz – is in second place with 36,928 points. However, the powerhouse can never win an NBA title
PLACE 1: KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR – Undisputed at the top with 38,387 points: Abdul-Jabbar (right). The 2.18-m center will be six NBA champion, 19 all-star and three college champion. The glasses and the “sky hook” become the hallmarks of the Hall of Famers
Reminder: In 2011 Artest had first changed its name to Metta World Peace. The reasoning sounded almost brilliant at the time: “I was tired of Ron Artest, it’s a dirty word,” he said Los Angeles Times: “And when fans get angry with me, they cannot say: ‘I hate world peace’.”
The 2014 contest is definitely not part of it. That was when the unspeakable team mode was introduced. Terrence Ross appears together with Paul George and John Wall (from left) as “Team East” – the format flops completely and is immediately abolished
PLACE 10: 2012 hits the “Human Pogo Stick”. Utah’s Jeremy Evans impresses with his creative darning variations. In Orlando he chose Dunking King with a flight insert about comedian Kevin Hart in the jersey of jazz legend Karl Malone
The 2.06-meter man ignites an unforgettable highlight when he flies over Gordon Hayward sitting on a chair and sinks two balls that his team-mate threw in the air. He joins the illustrious history of the Dunking Champions
PLACE 9: Two years ago, young Zach LaVine really got it – in the jersey of Michael Jordan from his cult film “Space Jam”. In Brooklyn, this fits perfectly with the return to the retro feeling of the contest – the focus is once again on dunking
In addition to Jordan’s jersey from Bugs Bunny and Co., the young guard of the Minnesota Timberwolves 2015 impresses with his incredible dynamism and prevails against the “Greek freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo or Victor Oladipo
PLACE 8: Spud Webb provides another highlight in 1986. With a height of only 1.70 meters, he outdoes Dominique Wilkins, the dunking giant of the 80s
Among other things, Webb shows a 360-degree dunk that looks even more spectacular in terms of body size. Little Hawk can barely look over the winner’s check
7th place in the spotlight in Nate Robinson Webb’s legitimate successor. “KryptoNate” – as an allusion to Superman Dwight Howard – draws particular attention to itself with a special T-shirt. Robinson is also only 1.75 meters tall
And he also comes up with something special for the contest. As in 2008, his attempt again contains a human hurdle. This time it’s even Howard
The hand on Howard’s shoulder is not a support, but shows the magic: “Warning, I’m coming!” The piggyback variant not only looks spectacular – it is also enough to win
In 2010 Robinson put on the slam dunk crown for the third time – record! “KyptoNate” convinces the audience in Arlington, Texas with an artistic flight insert
PLACE 6: 2011 is Blake Griffin’s hour. And how! The Clippers high-flyer prevails at a home game in L.A. with a spectacular dunk over a car
Blake’s team-mate Baron Davis is involved in the campaign. He fits the ball out of the car’s roof window. For the first time, social networks also play a major role with recordings of his spectacular dunkings
Griffin wins the contest, of course – it is the extremely exaggerated climax of the show era with aids such as chairs or cars, which places less value on execution and creativity of the dunking itself
PLACE 5: Dwight Howard wins the Slam Dunk Contest in 2008. A highlight is his dunk behind the backboard
Unforgettable: The appearance of the center, which was still active for Orlando at the time, as Superman. And yes: At that time Howard was not yet the walking soap opera of later years with an Orlando departure, Lakers disaster and Houston disappointment
The joker then shows: Yes, exactly – that’s how a true dunking champion flies. He prevails against defending champion Gerald Green and Rudy Gay
4th place: Dominique Wilkins was already there in 1980, but it was only five years later that the “Human Highlight Film” won the trophy. This contest goes down in history with the greatest star power
In addition to Wilkins, the young Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler, the legendary “Dr. J” Julius Erving (picture) is also among them. It will be an epic contest. The finale marks the first of many duels between Jordan and Wilkins
In the end, the more experienced star from the Atlanta Hawks is ahead. Rookie Jordan doesn’t take the event quite as seriously as in the following years, but Wilkins shines with his inhuman power
PLACE 3: There was a great performance in 2000 by “Air Canada” Vince Carter. That contest is still considered one of the best competitions in NBA history. It is the restart of the previously somewhat crashed competition
In the high-class final, he defeats his 20-year-old cousin Tracy “T-Mac” McGrady, who at the time, like Carter, played for the Toronto Raptors. Both become pioneers for Jason Richardson or Aaron Gordon with their spectacular flight acrobatics
A picture for eternity: Carter hangs himself in and inspires the audience. He shaped his reputation as a spectacular Dunker and became one of the Posterboys of the Post-Jordan-NBA
PLACE 2: The epic duel from the year 2016 immediately becomes a classic. Defending champion Zach LaVine is in a spectacular duel with Aaron Gordon. Above all, the dunk of the Magic young star about team mascot Stuff is one of the best of all time for many experts
As in 2015, LaVine impresses with its incredible athleticism. For the first time in the history of the competition, a double extension has to decide
Despite Gordon’s insane fireworks, LaVine wins again in the end. In view of such pictures, this is definitely not entirely undeserved. The Dunk Contest is not that unusual for a long time
PLACE 1: Only a contest is even more spectacular. The great Michael Jordan won the competition for the first time in 1987. But the 1988 air show made him a legend. The incredible dunking of the free throw line becomes the motif of his brand – a person can fly
In the undisputed largest dunking contest of all time, Jordan fought a memorable duel with Dominique Wilkins at the Chicago Stadium. Three years after their first encounter, both shine at the peak of their darning qualities
“His Airness” and Wilkins receive the highest rating for four of the six dunkings. With his flight from the free-throw line, Jordan finally wins with 147: 145
Metta is a Buddhist term that means “loving-kindness”. Incidentally, Artest, once known for his rather rustic style of play, is said to have helped a fortune teller to find the name.
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Rumors about Panda Friend
Strange: The former Small Forward, for years as a scandal pasta of the NBA, after he was involved in a mass brawl, among other things and confessed to having consumed alcohol during breaks, is said to have changed his name again in 2014 after moving abroad.
During his time in China there were rumors that Metta World Peace had become a Panda Friend. So now the possibly third prank: in Metta Ford-Artest.
“I took my wife’s last picture and added it to mine,” he said.
Other NBA stars change their names
Artest is by no means the first NBA star to change its name. Prominent players can be found in the series of his predecessors, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, World B. Free and Bison Dele.
However, Artest is the first NBA player to change his name several times.
It remains to be noted that he did not once accept the name of his first wife, Kimsha Hatfield – and may simply be called Ron by his current wife.