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Artest Wants To Change Name

Its been a while since Ron Artest has been in the media spotlight, now Lakers forward finds himself in the headlines by way of a name change.

Artest has petitioned to have his name changed to Metta World Peace.

The Queens native had his attorney file the petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (June 23), according to reports by TMZ.

In the request, the 31-year-old baller cites personal reasons for wanting to change his handle.

Metta, apparently means love and kindness.

If granted, Ron Ron plans to rock “Peace” on the back of his jersey next season.

A judge will consider the petition at an August 26 court date.