You’d better steel yourselves in Chester and beyond, folks, for none other than Ron Artest, a.k.a. Metta World Peace, arrives on Thursday. And though according to his publicist Courtney Barnes in an ESPN Los Angeles piece, “There’s no deal in place for him to play,” World Peace-watching will certainly be a popular spectator sport through next week in the U.K.
When a deal is discussed, Artest will certainly find a distinctly un-Beşiktaşesque offer on the table from his prospective new British Basketball League club, the Cheshire Jets. In a much-repeated quote from ESPN Los Angeles, Jets director Peter Hawkins has stated that “We are honored that Ron has even mentioned the prospect of joining the Jets. Financially we have nothing to offer him, but it would be so significant for UK basketball, we have offered him a stake in the club and all the love in the world!”
All you need is love, eh?
Surely as part of some psychological warmup for his trip to Britain, World Peace was recently photographed while practicing the newfangled art of planking. And only Artest could do it like this – check out ol’ Metta in the middle of an L.A. street below. You gotta be in pretty decent shape to hold that position, BiE would think. And a bit, um, different.