Metta World Peace to change name -- again

Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team...

Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles October 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

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New city, new name?

Not even two years into life as Metta World Peace, the NBA player formerly known as Ron Artest is about to rock the boat again.

World Peace, who just signed a two-year contract with the New York Knicks, said he will have a new name come fall.

"I'm not going to legally change my name until my career is over, but we are going to do a name change," World Peace told Clevver News.

The 33-year-old NBA forward legally became Metta World Peace in September 2011. At the time, his publicist said "Metta" was chosen as his first name because it is a Buddhist word that means loving kindness towards all.

World Peace gave no hints as to what his new name would be aside from noting "it's going to be fun."

As for why he will remain World Peace legally, he said a second official switcheroo is "too much work."

The Los Angeles Lakers released World Peace this off-season after a four-season run in California. Previously, the 2004 defensive player of the year had suited up for the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Houston Rockets.


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