Metta World Peace has not spoken to Ben Wallace since the Malice at the Palace, the 2004 brawl World Peace now describes as “better than ‘Game of Thrones,’” even though he is friendly with one of the key instigators.
It was a seminal moment for the N.B.A., that melee among players and fans near the end of a game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons. World Peace, then named Ron Artest, hacked Wallace on a drive, prompting Wallace to shove him and a fan to throw a drink. Then, chaos. The ugliness scarred the league’s image for years.
“What’s the rules of life?” World Peace, 39, said recently as he promoted a documentary about his life. On whether he was right to go into the stands to fight the fan who threw the drink, he added, “People should honestly make their opinions on the brawl, man, and I think it’s best when other people say you were wrong.”
But don’t ask him what other people said about it in the documentary, “Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story,” which was produced by Bleacher Report and will appear on Showtime on May 31. World Peace hasn’t seen it.
These days, he is open to discussing the past and most anything else. But he’s hard to pin down. He gives thoughtful answers — though by the time he’s finished giving them, you forget what you asked. He says what he wants when he wants.
World Peace has moved on to a remarkable second act, one that has included an N.B.A. championship, coaching aspirations and working with an investment group that oversees hundreds of millions of dollars.
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But perhaps more important than all that: He has become a passionate voice for mental health awareness.
In March, Commissioner Adam Silver said N.B.A. players today were "genuinely unhappy,” in part because of social media. Now mental health is at the forefront of discussions surrounding basketball figures, thanks to the work of players like Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan, with a nod to Royce White.
World Peace said that during his nearly two-decade career as one of the most feared defenders in the league, he was, indeed, unhappy. But as far as he could tell, players around him were not, or at least they didn’t talk about it. Throughout his career, teams put World Peace into several rounds of counseling, he said, but he felt he couldn’t be open.
“Back then it was like, if I say, ‘I need help,’ what is the media going to say?” World Peace said.
Today he serves as a resource for N.B.A. players of all levels, who call him, essentially, so he can provide therapy. One player — he won’t say who — will call as late as 2 a.m. to meet at Staples Center in Los Angeles to work out. Sometimes, they won’t shoot hoops. They’ll just talk.
“At the core of a slump is the mental state,” World Peace said. “And the more you open up, the more you can address it and get rid of it quick.”
It’s not just players. World Peace described working with everyone from a Subway employee to chief executives. It’s not a business, he insisted, but something that happens organically. People just approach and pepper him with questions. World Peace still seeks therapy, he said, and meditates every day.
During his playing days, World Peace was in a dark place, though he didn’t realize it. He said he had anger issues stemming from deep-rooted stress and anxiety.
Nobody, it seemed, could get through to him.
Not even one of the world’s most famous musicians, who tried to calm him during a gathering at a Beverly Hills hotel. “Jay-Z got up and said, ‘Yo, you got to chill out,’” World Peace said. “I said: ‘Come on man. You’re from Brooklyn. You know what it is.’ That was my mind-set.”
His childhood in New York, in the Queensbridge public housing projects, was made difficult by a home life filled with domestic violence. Then as an adult, in 2007, World Peace was arrested on domestic violence charges stemming from an incident with his then-wife, Kimsha Artest, with whom he shares three children.
World Peace pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to community service and work-release. Kimsha Artest could not be reached for comment.
“When I’d lose a game, I would be stressed,” World Peace said. “I’d take that stress and take it home. I’m not present, mentally, for my kids. I’m thinking about the game. I’m thinking about practice. I’m not playing catch. And then I’m not present for my time with my children. I’m not present with my wife. And when you’re not present, that causes controversy, conflict.”
Nothing, it seemed, could abate his anger.
“I was self-destructive,” World Peace said, adding later: “I couldn’t just chill because I’m so stubborn, a little bit. Really stubborn, and self-destructive.”
While today’s players have to cope with Twitter and Instagram trolling them at their lowest, World Peace, at least, did not have to face social media.
“I don’t think it’s for everyone,” he said, though he has social media accounts that he periodically deletes and then restores. “People do crazy stuff. I was crazy. I used to do stuff for attention. I would have been crazy on social media. Because, I was doing stuff back then.”
World Peace is in a better place now, he said, with better coping mechanisms: “I’m more aware now, like when something is bothering me. Relax.”
Coaching in the N.B.A. is a real ambition. In 2017, he joined the Lakers’ developmental team as a player development assistant. He has also used social media to campaign for head coaching jobs in the N.B.A. and at his alma mater, St. John’s University.
And he has gone beyond basketball.
“I was helping out my daughter’s dance team,” World Peace said. “I was coaching a little bit on the dance team.”
“Just like traveling, bringing the girls to practice, bringing them to the games, bringing water,” World Peace said. “Coach, I was a coach.”
He said a typical day for him tended to center on his four children, two sons and two daughters ranging in age from 15 to 21. One of World Peace’s sons, the 20-year-old Ron Artest III, plays basketball at California State University, Northridge. The other son, Jeron, 18, has committed to play at the University of California, Irvine.
World Peace drives a Toyota Prius and a Hyundai with 130,000 miles on it. He drives them to play pickup basketball at a local Equinox in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, sometimes with men in their 60s.
But what happens if he gets fouled too hard there? Do the old demons rise up?
“You can’t foul me hard at the Equinox. You’re not big enough,” World Peace said without skipping a beat.
Outwardly, World Peace is not easy to put into one box. He has a clothing line and a merchandising business he wants to get off the ground. He doesn’t want to be an N.B.A. owner — he said the financial upside would be higher in other businesses.
Whatever his interests, among a certain subset of N.B.A. fans, World Peace will always be defined by that night in 2004, when he leapt into the stands and fought with a fan, forever changing the trajectory of his own career and the league as a whole.
He considered, upon being prompted, what the first line of his obituary might be.
His answer was on brand. In between profanities, he said he didn’t care.
“I’m not gonna lie,” World Peace said.B:
翁半仙心水报75期【许】【轻】【微】【是】【真】【的】【怎】【么】【也】【没】【想】【到】，【姜】【至】【会】【突】【然】【来】【到】【日】【本】，【毫】【无】【征】【兆】【的】【出】【现】【在】【她】【身】【后】，【给】【了】【她】【巨】【大】【的】【惊】【喜】！！ 【等】【待】【的】【粉】【色】【列】【车】【来】【了】。 【等】【列】【车】【停】【下】，【姜】【至】【拉】【着】【许】【轻】【微】【上】【去】【列】【车】。 【果】【然】【不】【出】【所】【料】，【列】【车】【内】【都】【是】【恋】【人】，【有】【五】【对】。 【她】【和】【姜】【至】【上】【去】【后】，【就】【是】【第】【六】【对】【情】【侣】【了】。 【姜】【至】【拉】【着】【她】【去】【坐】【下】。 【许】【轻】【微】【忽】【然】【提】【起】
“【你】【说】【呢】？”【慕】【司】【宸】【章】【含】【笑】【反】【问】【道】。 【顾】【云】【念】【想】【想】，【下】【意】【识】【地】【往】【慕】【司】【宸】【的】【丹】【田】【一】【瞄】，【金】【色】【的】【光】【晕】【变】【得】【比】【之】【前】【看】【到】【的】【更】【明】【亮】，【有】【了】【耀】【眼】【的】【感】【觉】。 【不】【用】【说】，【龙】【血】【精】【血】【里】【云】【含】【的】【能】【量】【如】【此】【庞】【大】，【觉】【醒】【地】【效】【果】【当】【然】【非】【常】【的】【好】。 【她】【突】【然】【想】【到】【一】【个】【问】【题】，“【咦】，【你】【跟】【青】【袍】【人】【打】【斗】【的】【时】【候】，【怎】【么】【没】【动】【用】【内】【力】？”【否】【则】【以】【龙】【脉】【体】翁半仙心水报75期【所】【有】【的】【这】【些】【都】【是】【比】【较】【好】【的】，【但】【是】【没】【有】【人】【知】【道】【这】【个】【地】【方】【到】【底】【是】【什】【么】，【有】【没】【有】【人】【知】【道】【这】【个】【地】【方】【应】【该】【以】【怎】【样】【的】【方】【式】【进】【行】【下】【去】，【也】【知】【道】【这】【个】【角】【色】【的】【艰】【难】，【如】【果】【没】【有】【人】【能】【按】【照】【这】【个】【计】【划】【走】【下】【去】【的】【话】，【那】【么】【所】【有】【的】【一】【切】【都】【会】**【东】【流】，【根】【本】【没】【有】【任】【何】【的】【意】【义】，【但】【是】【也】【知】【道】【互】【相】【根】【本】【不】【可】【能】【受】【控】【于】【他】【人】，【所】【以】【这】【才】【做】【了】【说】【客】。 【苏】【欢】【从】
【如】【题】，【鸽】【了】！ 【写】【到】【第】【二】【个】【副】【本】【结】【束】【的】【时】【候】，【和】【编】【辑】【聊】【了】【一】【次】，【编】【辑】【说】【追】【读】【一】【般】，【开】【新】【书】【也】【行】。 【当】【时】【还】【是】【心】【里】【很】【难】【受】，【写】【这】【本】【书】【我】【基】【本】【每】【天】【都】【是】【晚】【上】【在】【写】，【熬】【夜】【熬】【的】【很】【厉】【害】，【编】【辑】【的】【话】【我】【也】【明】【白】，【就】【是】【上】【架】【前】【的】【推】【荐】【到】【此】【为】【止】【了】。 【我】【仍】【旧】【继】【续】【写】，【头】【铁】，【写】【第】【三】【个】【副】【本】，【一】【点】【状】【态】【都】【没】【有】。 【心】【态】【崩】【了】。
【临】【时】【接】【到】【任】【务】，【由】【于】【事】【出】【突】【然】【又】【具】【有】【特】【殊】【性】，【等】【不】【及】【和】【齐】【如】【风】【讲】【明】，【加】【之】【昨】【夜】【种】【种】，【为】【了】【保】【命】，【在】【他】【醒】【来】【之】【前】【颜】【小】【默】【就】【扛】【着】【行】【李】【跑】【了】。 【到】【约】【好】【的】【地】【点】【和】**【靳】【集】【合】，【气】【还】【没】【喘】【正】，【就】【被】【他】【火】【急】【火】【燎】【的】【拉】【上】【了】【车】。 【之】【后】【又】【是】【几】【个】【小】【时】【的】【长】【途】【车】【程】，【寻】【思】【着】【某】【人】【此】【时】【肯】【定】【在】【气】【头】【上】，【也】【许】【正】【满】【屋】【子】【找】【她】【撒】【气】，【索】【性】【关】
【就】【在】【这】【时】，【包】【小】【辣】【身】【上】【却】【突】【然】【金】【光】【大】【盛】，【犹】【如】【一】【场】【盛】【世】【绚】【烂】【的】【梦】【幻】【旖】【旎】，【暴】【涨】【的】【金】【色】【光】【芒】【冲】【天】【而】【起】，【向】【一】【个】【方】【向】【奔】【腾】【过】【去】。 【那】【是】……【轮】【回】【树】【的】【方】【向】！ 【是】【这】【将】【近】【一】【年】，【积】【累】【的】【功】【德】【和】【灵】【力】【融】【合】【之】【后】，【与】【轮】【回】【树】【相】【通】【了】！ 【暴】【涨】【的】【光】【芒】【全】【部】【末】【入】【轮】【回】【树】【的】【树】【根】【中】，【原】【本】【荒】【芜】【的】【枝】【桠】，【开】【始】【渗】【透】【出】【绿】【色】【的】【嫩】【芽】。
【没】【有】【办】【法】【找】【到】【刘】【坊】【的】【尸】【首】，【姚】【穆】【雨】【深】【深】【的】【叹】【了】【口】【气】。 【几】【天】【前】【见】【面】【时】【还】【好】【好】，【没】【想】【到】【此】【时】【就】【这】【样】【阴】【阳】【两】【隔】【了】。 【现】【场】【还】【残】【留】【部】【分】【妖】【气】，【姚】【穆】【雨】【用】【法】【术】【识】【别】，【发】【现】【这】【妖】【气】【有】【种】【特】【别】【熟】【悉】【的】【感】【觉】【好】【像】【在】【哪】【闻】【过】，【但】【却】【想】【不】【起】【来】，【而】【且】【这】【妖】【气】【还】【不】【一】【般】【其】【中】【掺】【杂】【着】【魔】【气】。 【身】【上】【同】【时】【具】【有】【妖】【气】【和】【魔】【气】【的】【妖】【魔】【那】【得】【有】【多】【强】【大】