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Ron Artest a.k.a "Metta World Peace"

Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest asked to legally change his name to Metta World Peace and his request was recently approved by an L.A. Superior Court commissioner earlier today.

Artest changed his name for "personal reasons" and his name means loving kindness.

Artest said, "Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world," he told E! News.

Artest is also one of the celebrity competitors on Dancing with the Stars and they most likely will use his new name. Wikipedia already changed his name. I can’t wait to see that name on the back of a basketball jersey after the NBA lockout is over.

#RonArtest and #MettaWorldPeace both became trending topics on Twitter and this is what some people had to say about the recent name change:

“Dear Metta World Peace( aka Ron Artest), you can change your name but you are still that dude who got in a brawl in the stands #nba”

“Say goodbye to Ron Artest. it's his last day on Earth. Tomorrow he officially becomes Metta World Peace.”

“Lol @ Fox 5 playing Rihanna's "What's My Name" to go with the Ron Artest name change story.”

"I could understand Ron Artest changing his number almost every year.. but changing his name? This guy snapped."

It was also reported that his family accepts his new name and in fact his daughter plans on changing her surname to World Peace just like her dad. Oh goodness.