Ron Artest Makes Time for Basketball with the Boys in the Hood

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Even though Ron Artest — now named Metta World Peace — is a famed NBA player, he has no problem shooting some hoops with ordinary folks on the street courts of New York. New York Post reports that “the 6-foot-7 forward, who starred at St. John’s University and LaSalle Academy, makes a yearly stop on the streetball circuit. What makes this special is he shows no favorites and plays hard.”

This year, part of his street-ball stint began Tuesday, June 28th at Nike Pro City where he played with his Queensbridge team. On Wednesday, he traveled over to Dyckman. Here, he contributed to the Ooh Way club beating Team 914. When Friday rolled around, Artest made a stop by Rucker Park and played on the Bingo’s All Stars team. With his help, they were able to conquer their rivals R2K winning with a score of 85-82. Saturday was extra special, because on this day, Artest hit the courts twice. According to New York Post, “he took the court again for coach Bingo Cole in the afternoon at Hoops in the Sun and later that night was back at it at the Tri-State Classic.”

One might think that, compared to the NBA, “commoners” basketball is casual basketball for big name players like Metta World Peace. According to Artest, however, it is not that way at all. New York Post reports that “he’s said in the past playing all those games against this level of competition is a great way to keep in shape for the upcoming season.” Especially since there is now a lockout in session, what better way to keep in shape while putting smiles on fans’ faces? What better way to give back to the community?

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.



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