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Ron Artest changing name to “Metta World Peace”

Jun 23, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

Ron Artest Parade

Honestly, I feel a little odd making fun of World Peace, but here we go…

Eccentric Lakers forward Ron Artest (we’re going with “eccentric” because he’s rich and famous, when you’re poor and unknown you’re just weird) is changing his name…

To Metta World Peace.

Seriously.

TMZ has seen the official court documents and… well, this decision is very Ron Artest. This has to be approved by a judge, but name changes are almost never turned down unless you request being Bill Gates.

We’ll admit, that even for Ron-Ron (um, Metta-Metta?) this is a little out there. But it should say Peace across the back of his Lakers jersey next season.

But it’s better than changing your name to Ocho-Cinco. So, things could be worse.

  1. goforthanddie - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM

  2. SmackSaw - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    He can hang out with World B. Free

  3. essfjay - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    god i hope the lakers dump this guy he’s been a bum in L.A should have just paid Ariza he was better in our system.

    • SmackSaw - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:36 PM

      Aw come on,

      Give Peace a chance

    • mytthor - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:32 AM

      Lakers don’t win in ’08 without ariza, don’t win in 09 without artest. They’re basically the same player in the “system.” Which will be changing this year anyway.

  4. icu84bs - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    I, for one, so not have a problem with ‘Peace’ (give it a chance ;-) Cheers.

  5. silkyjohnson937 - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Why did you guys bash on tmz hard on the durant article then you took this from tmz? I guess what im getting at is for you guys to bash on tmz you seem to be getting your articles from tmz so why bash them if you are just going to keep reading articles and posting them again on this site?

  6. cosanostra71 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Artest can be frustrating at times on the court, but he’s been nothing but entertaining off it. Gotta love the guy’s personality…

  7. readysethike - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    I dont kno what value he has on the trade block but the lakers shouldve kept ariza

  8. yahmule - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Cited for animal abuse a few years ago for starving several dogs on his property. Just a disgusting individual.

  9. thestudiokida - Jun 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Ariza isn’t filling up any highlight reels so quit saying it was a mistake the sign Artest. The mistake was to sign him for 5 years. 2-3 would have been ideal for the aging forward.

  10. mytthor - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Everyone saying the Lakers should have kept Ariza – Ariza said he was insulted by the offer the Lakers put on the table, then took the same amount of money from the Rockets. He didn’t want to stay. And if the Lakers had paid him more he wouldn’t have been worth it.

  11. crazyguy358 - Jun 24, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    man im a laker fan but artest sucks to me theres two players one that plays to win the other for money like artest i dont like him trade him and bynum for dwight just someone get him off the team

  12. guypatsfan - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Ron Artest has Attention Deficit Disorder.

  13. metalhead65 - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    how in the world is this “name” better than ochocinco?at least there is a reason behind Chad changing his name and that is it matches his uniform #, artest new name is just as crazy and stupid as he is. and yea I am a pacer fan who will never forgive him his part in destroying a potential championship team the season of the brawl and for setting that franchise back for years.then to top it off he demands a trade after they stand behind him,what a jerk!

  14. transam7816 - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    I am so tired of this guy

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