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For Metta World Peace's Birthday, His 10 Greatest Moments

A living legend.

Metta World Peace, aka Ron Artest, aka The Panda's Friend, aka The Queensbridge Gawd, turned 36 today. And since the Los Angeles Lakers haven't appropriately honored him by building a statue outside Staples Center alongside other team greats like Magic Johnson and Jerry West, we at HuffPost Sports did the next best thing: We compiled his greatest moments. 

  • 10 "No Layups!"
    This might be one of the most underrated Metta World Peace moments.

    During a Jan. 2008 game while he was with the Sacramento Kings, he screamed "No Layups!" after fouling Utah Jazz's Andrei Kirilenko at the 3:57 mark of the video.

    Metta World Peace, the defensive guru.
  • 9 "The Panda's Friend"
    In 2014, when he was playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales, World Peace wore sneakers with bears on them while he was playing.

    Has LeBron ever done that? Don't think so.
  • 8 "Mud In My Bed...That's Funny Right?"
    In 2013, published a children's book. It was titled "Mud In My Bed."

    World Peace had a reading of his book to children in June. Metta loves the kids.
  • 7 "I Used To Drink Hennessy ... at halftime"
    In 2009, World Peace told the <a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/131162-sn-conversation-ron-artest-i-was-head-case
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    In 2009, World Peace told the Sporting News that he used to drink Hennessy during half time.

    "I’d just walk to the liquor store (near the stadium) and get it" he said. Again, legend. 
  • 6 "What If I Lost My Teeth Like Today And I'm 32"
    This is some philosophical stuff.

    Losing baby teeth at 18 or 20 sure would have sucked.
  • 5 "Paul, I'm Sooo Sorrrrry"
    While he was with the Indiana Pacers, Metta World Peace used the lowering-the-shorts tactic to guard Paul Pierce when he was with the Boston Celtics.

    To apologize for the dirty play, he sang this song to Pierce that sounded like it was coming from the voice of an angel.
  • 4 "Michael Blocked By Artest!"
    Yes Michael Jordan was at the latter part of his career, but that doesn't matter. Metta World Peace can say that he blocked the greatest NBA player of all time.

    One G.O.A.T. blocking another G.O.A.T.
  • 3 "...Anybody Who Knows Him Well Will Swear By His Loyalty."
    With about a minute remaining in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals and the Lakers holding on to a three-point lead, Metta World Peace drained a clutch three to seal the game and the title.

    It was the biggest moment of his career.
  • 2 "I Want To Thank Everybody In My Hood..."
    Soon after helping win Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals for the LA Lakers, World Peace was interviewed by ESPN's Doris Burke.

    During the interview he thanked his hood as well as his psychiatrist, cementing his legend status.
  • 1 "I GOT WHEATIES!"
    In one of the greatest press conferences of all time Metta World Peace brought his entire family to the press room to celebrate the 2010 NBA title.

    "Look at my family! Clap it up for my family!"

 

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