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Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland

Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:11 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 10:27 am
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Posted by Royce Young

What's old "Metta World Peace" up to now?

Oh, he's just getting ready to play professional basketball in Finland. Via BallinEurope:

“Finland’s top league Korisliiga will witness some serious NBA talent in September 2011, when Los Angeles Lakers forward/multipersonality Ron Artest will join league newcomer LoKoKo Loimaa.

“The 31-year old Artest has three years left in his Lakers contract, but that doesn’t seem to bother LoKoKo sports director Aleksi Valavuori, who backs up the rumor in Tuesday’s Ilta-Sanomat newspaper.

“We have sorted things out and I can happily confirm that Artest will arrive in Finland,” Valavuori states in the Ilta-Sanomat interview.

The news comes from a Finnish newspaper, and naturally there could be a few things lost in translation. There's some question about the report's legitimacy, but by all appearances, it's the real deal.

I assume this is all lockout contingent, because Artest does have three years left on his Lakers deal, which could complicates things with FiBA rules. I don't really know how that all plays out with lockout rules, but Artest would be risking his contract for sure if he were to get injured.

As BallinEurope points out, Valavuori has pulled over other NBA players to appear in the Finnish league before. In November 2005, more than 7,000 people watched Dennis Rodman play in Helsinki and then in November 2008, Scottie Pippen played for Topo in Finland.

The report says Artest will appear in just a few games, so it's more likely a publicity stunt and not actually that he's joining a team for a season. But no doubt Artest is taking his new name seriously. Metta World Peace is going global, ya'll.
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Comments

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland

Forget Finland, play in Estonia. Much hotter chicks.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland

Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland
 Perfect. His career is finnished anyway.



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland

take derek fisher and luke walton w/ u & dont come back*******(unless lakers need 2 include u in trade for DHOWARD)



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland

Goodbye! Don't let the door hit you in the rear!
Hey Sportsnut,

I second that!! Smile



Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland

Maybe the Laker will luck out and this will Void his contract and they can sign a SF that will help them win again!! Its not like the Lakers havent had luck before!!



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland

Goodbye! Don't let the door hit you in the rear!



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:32 am
 

Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland

Or more likely...
"That's a Flagrant Foul on World Peace, and with his second technical, World Peace has been ejected.  I guess this game is going to have to continue without World Peace having anything to do with it."



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:03 am
 

Report: Ron Artest to play in Finland

The Lakers would be wise to let him void his contract and let him go to Finland if he is willing to do so. I mean really: do you want Laker games to sound like this? " World peace sets a screen for Gasol, World Peace gets the ball- hits Kobe in the weak side- two points!! Kobe is hot tonight and that is World Peace's 4th assist of the game. Where would we be without World Peace?"

Seriously- Lakers need to get younger. Starting with this flake would be a good idea.


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