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m26555
06-28-2011, 12:46 PM
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.

http://eye-on-basketball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/30295913

Tqafg96
06-28-2011, 12:57 PM
ummmm, WHAT? Why Finland of all places and not Spain, Greece, Turkey, etc?

Ray_R
06-28-2011, 12:59 PM
Ron Artest will join league newcomer LoKoKo Loimaa
Yes .

J-Relo
06-28-2011, 01:11 PM
he has finally found his home.

LTBaByyy
06-28-2011, 01:20 PM
The Lakers will gladly let him go lock out or not

NYKnickFanatic
06-28-2011, 01:21 PM
Wtf...

Bunta
06-28-2011, 01:24 PM
Metta World Peace balls with europeans now.

smith&wesson
06-28-2011, 01:34 PM
odd

B'sCeltsPatsSox
06-28-2011, 01:44 PM
Something that he would do.

Snowman23
06-28-2011, 01:47 PM
there will be PEACE in Finland.

gwrighter
06-28-2011, 02:19 PM
i heard Finland is fairly racist outside of Helsinki, hopefully he can find peace in Finland.

LakersMaster24
06-28-2011, 02:35 PM
i heard Finland is fairly racist outside of Helsinki, hopefully he can find peace in Finland.

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland are all full of racist people. I lived in Lithuania for 10 years, and I would see people starring at me with disgust just because I am darker. :confused:

Taimla
06-28-2011, 02:43 PM
Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland are all full of racist people. I lived in Lithuania for 10 years, and I would see people starring at me with disgust just because I am darker. :confused:

Well i'm from estonia, and i don't think we are racist... a mater a fact, estonian girls would do anything for a black guy....

conway429
06-28-2011, 02:59 PM
Well i'm from estonia, and i don't think we are racist... a mater a fact, estonian girls would do anything for a black guy....

therefore, Estonian men probably want to kill all black guys

Jewelz0376
06-28-2011, 03:20 PM
Well i'm from estonia, and i don't think we are racist... a mater a fact, estonian girls would do anything for a black guy....

O rly??..I might need to to take a trip to estonian then :D

-Kobe24-TJ19-
06-30-2011, 01:25 PM
therefore, Estonian men probably want to kill all black guys

:shrug:


Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland are all full of racist people. I lived in Lithuania for 10 years, and I would see people starring at me with disgust just because I am darker. :confused:

not Finland, but it is a little problem over here, not a major one though.


O rly??..I might need to to take a trip to estonian then :D

you're welcome:cheers:

Hellcrooner
06-30-2011, 01:44 PM
first domino?

owners better not be greedy because a full year lockout could mean half of the stars and 100% of role players signing one year deals in europe and you now? maybe they go and like it better.....

Hellcrooner
06-30-2011, 01:45 PM
btw racism is a problem EVERYWHERE In the world.

Crackadalic
06-30-2011, 01:48 PM
Metta World Peace why Finland?

NYKalltheway
06-30-2011, 02:19 PM
first domino?

owners better not be greedy because a full year lockout could mean half of the stars and 100% of role players signing one year deals in europe and you now? maybe they go and like it better.....


Domino? More like skydiving! It's Finland man, who plays basketball in Finland? I doubt they even have EuroCup teams!

-Kobe24-TJ19-
06-30-2011, 04:45 PM
Domino? More like skydiving! It's Finland man, who plays basketball in Finland? I doubt they even have EuroCup teams!

worm

Hellcrooner
06-30-2011, 05:01 PM
Domino? More like skydiving! It's Finland man, who plays basketball in Finland? I doubt they even have EuroCup teams!

they hired pippen and rodman a while ago for some games.

ULT WARRIOR408
06-30-2011, 05:04 PM
ummmm, WHAT? Why Finland of all places and not Spain, Greece, Turkey, etc?

Maybe he wants to go hoop with the vikings.:shrug:

NYKalltheway
06-30-2011, 05:11 PM
they hired pippen and rodman a while ago for some games.

Finland doesn't even send a team to the EuroChallenge man... it's so weird. He'd better go to a mediocre German team or even Latvian/Estonian team that actually send a team in the EuroChallenge tournament, if he wants to be in northern Europe

Hellcrooner
06-30-2011, 05:13 PM
Finland doesn't even send a team to the EuroChallenge man... it's so weird. He'd better go to a mediocre German team or even Latvian/Estonian team that actually send a team in the EuroChallenge tournament, if he wants to be in northern Europe

i think it has to do with vodka.

kjoke
06-30-2011, 05:23 PM
Its cold up there

championships
06-30-2011, 05:26 PM
His agent has stated the rumors are false but who knows.