Former NBA champ Ron Artest filed papers for a name change on June 23, according to several reports.

The reports that the Los Angeles Lakers forward wishes to change his name from Ronald William Artest Jr. to Metta World Peace, citing personal reasons.

According to, Metta is a Buddhist term, meaning “living-happiness”.
Artest has maintained one of the most unusual reputations throughout his career in the NBA. The 31-year-old veteran forward dyed his hair purple and gold during the 2009-‚10 season; he went on to help the Lakers win the NBA that same season, but auctioned off his championship ring for more than $600,000, which he donated to his choice of mental health services.

He was honored with the NBA’s citizenship award in April for his commitment to serving his community, a complete reversal of the reputation he earned after being suspended from the association in 2004 for fighting fans in the Detroit Pistons‚ Palace of Auburn Hills arena.

Now, he’s changing his born-given name, something we’ve seen from NBA players in the past. Former Lakers‚ Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar changed his name from Ferdinand Lew Alcindor. Bernard Free, who played in the NBA from 1975 to 1988, changed his first name to World.

According to Artest will have to appear in L.A. County Superior Court again on August 26 to complete the name-changing process.