Metta World Peace

What, exactly, does the title of this post mean, you wonder?

Well … that’s going to be Ron Artest’s name.

A former employee of Artest’s informed the Lakers on Thursday evening, just before the 2011 NBA Draft, that the veteran filed paperwork in Los Angeles to change his name to “Metta World Peace.”

Artest’s new first name, “Metta,” is Buddhist for “loving kindness,” pretty consistent with “World Peace.”


We’ll try and figure out whether or not the NBA will allow Artest to change his name on his jersey, but we do know that the Lakers do not have any say in the matter.

For Lakers.com, we’ve yet to decide whether or not to refer to Artest by just “Metta,” “Metta World Peace,” “Peace” or “MWP.” Feel free to offer your preferences on Twitter.

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