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Posts Tagged ‘Ron Artest.’

Lakers’ World Peace gets 7-game suspension by NBA

 

Metta World Peace formerly Ron Artest (file photo)

In case you missed it, NBA star Ron Artest has changed his name to Metta World Peace.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward was ejected from Sunday’s double overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-106.

World Peace has been suspended for seven games by the NBA for swinging an elbow that hit the head of Oklahoma City guard James Harden in Sunday’s nationally-televised game.

The controversial World Peace will miss the Lakers’ regular-season finale on Thursday at Sacramento and their first six playoff games, the NBA announced on Tuesday. He will be forfeiting some money as well, $347,849.

The latest suspension marks the 10th time since 2003 that World Peace has been suspended by the NBA.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Los Angeles Lakers, Radio & TV news

Lakers’ Artest honored by writers

 

Ron Artest (file photo)

Ron Artest at one time used to be known as one of the bad boys of the NBA. But in his stints in Houston and Los Angeles, he has been on his best behavior.

The Lakers forward has been rewarded with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award which is presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

A product of St. John’s University, the small forward has also played with Chicago, Indiana and Sacramento in the NBA.

 

compiled from NBA, Radio & TV news

Lakers win as expected; rally past Boston in Game 7, 83-79

compiled from staff, wire and NBA news

The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 16th NBA championship after a gritty and well-earned 83-79 victory over the arch-rival Boston Celtics.

The Lakers and Phil Jackson have put themselves deeper into history in the NBA record books.

Phil Jackson (nba)

Ron Artest had 20 points and Pau Gasol added 19 points and 18 rebounds in the win.

Paul Pierce had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who just couldn’t finish the final quarter of a remarkable playoff run after a fourth-place finish in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Garnett added 17 points and Rasheed Wallace had 11.

The Lakers will hold a parade on Monday, with the team riding floats from the Staples Center down Figueroa Street to the USC campus in downtown Los Angeles. The rally in 2009 at the LA Coliseum drew 95,000 fans, but Lakers officials are in favor of a more interactive celebration.

Home teams improved to 14-3 in Game 7 of the finals. No road team has won a title in Game 7 since 1978.

Lakers dominate Celtics to force Game 7 on Thursday

compiled from staff and wire reports

With First Lady Michelle Obama was on hand watching the game from a luxury box in the Staples Center and it might’ve inspired the Lakers.

Faced with elimination for the first time during the 2010 playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers took matters into their own hands.

Pau Gasol (nba)

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Lakers held Boston to the second lowest-scoring performance in NBA finals history in an 89-67 victory in Game 6, setting up a winner-take-all Game 7 in Los Angeles.

Ron Artest added 15 points for the Lakers, who got their backs off the wall with a dazzling first half and a strong finish built around defense that suffocated Boston to 33 percent shooting. Only Utah’s 54-point performance against Chicago in 1998 was worse.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 13 points and Kevin Garnett added 12, but their offense was mostly held to jumbled, clogged-up and stand-around-and-watch as point guard Rajon Rondo had nowhere to go with the ball.

Game 1 in the NBA Finals goes to the Lakers 102-89

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Los Angeles Lakers treated their star-studded celebrity crowd to a dominating performance against Boston on Thursday night at the Staples Center.

Courtside fans included: Dustin Hoffman, Jason Bateman, Jerry West, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock, Hilary Swank, Mike Epps, Alyssa Milano, Snoop Dogg, Steven Spielberg, Terrell Owens, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Will Farrell, David Duchovy and Rhona Mitra.

Ron Artest LA Lakers (nba)

The Los Angeles Lakers were ready for the Boston Celtics rough, physical style this time around.

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the defending champion Los Angeles got tough from the outset in their 102-89 win over Boston in the NBA finals opener Thursday night.

Ron Artest scored 15 points after tumbling to the ground in a tangle with Paul Pierce in the opening minute of the 12th finals meeting in one of the NBA’s oldest rivalries.

The Lakers remembered how they were pushed all over the court in the 2008 Finals and vowed it would never happen again.

Paul Pierce scored 24 points and Kevin Garnett added 16 for Boston which started slow and couldn’t recover.

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