Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, undergoes another name change

May 6, 2020
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The last time the man born Ronald William Artest, Jr. had his name officially changed, he just won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Back then, Metta World Peace explained, "Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world." In a separate interview, he added, "When fans get mad at me, they can't say, 'I hate World Peace.'"


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In 2014, he was said to have adopted the title "Panda Friend" while playing in China.

Fast forward to today, and the 2004 NBA All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year has undergone yet another name change.

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Speaking on the Inside the Green Room with Danny Green podcast, Metta shared, "Right now, it's funny because I got married, and my name now is 'Metta Ford-Artest.' I actually took my wife's (Maya) last and added it to mine."

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The four-time All-Defensive Team member also recalled his first game as Metta World Peace:

"I was like, 'This is the dumbest thing ever.' I was coming off of the bench at that time, in 2011, and they say, 'Metta World Peace!'' And I remember not wanting to take off my warmup. It was embarrassing. So I did think about changing my name back, but then, people got used to it."

We're actually surprised he didn't go for Corona Artest or Metta COVID in the midst of a pandemic. The year hasn't been good to everyone so might as well let the newlywed take on a new label.

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Watch the whole interview:

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