Metta Sandiford-Artest was working two jobs as a rookie in the NBA.
The artist formerly known as Ron Artest and Metta World Peace has changed his name once more to Metta Sandiford-Artest, and he decided that going on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s “All The Smoke” show was the best way to unveil his new persona. His appearance was full of classic Artest reminiscing about his unique playing career, even confirming that he was working two jobs as a rookie with the Chicago Bulls.
Artest confirmed that he picked up a shift at Circuit City when he was a rookie, even listing Bulls GM Jerry Krause as a reference. Artest claims he did it both to stay out of trouble and get himself discounts on computers.
Metta Sandiford-Artest had a unique journey through the NBA
After his hometown New York Knicks passed on him for Frederic Weis in the draft, which Artest attributes to the fact he missed a workout with them after a night of partying, he started a 17-year playing career, most of which was spent with either the Indiana Pacers or Los Angeles Lakers towards the tail end of his career.
While comfortable giving you 20 points a night, Artest was an All-Defensive team selection four times and Defensive Player of the Year once. He legacy is equal parts violent and weird, but he could really turn it on in his prime.
Artest has a reputation as a violent player given his role in the Malice at the Palace, but he has done a solid job at trying to break that narrative up. He was always one of those guys who seemed just a shade different than your garden variety NBA player, as working at an electronics store right after signing an NBA contract will get that distinction applied to you.