The eccentric Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest is ready to shock everyone again. Soon you will have to look at letter ‘P’ when looking for his stats.

Metta World Peace – that’s the name that Artest wants to be officially called by. The player has already filed a petition in LA County Superior Court requesting a name change.

According to, Artest wants to have his new surname Peace on the back of his jersey next season.

For those wondering what ‘Metta’ means Wikipedia gives the following description:

Mettā (Pali: मेत्ता in Devanagari) or maitrī (Sanskrit: मैत्री) is loving-kindness, friendliness, benevolence, amity, friendship, good will, kindness, love, sympathy, close mental union (on same mental wavelength), and active interest in others. It is one of the ten pāramīs of the Theravāda school of Buddhism, and the first of the four sublime states (Brahmavihāras). This is love without clinging (upādāna).

The usual practice in relation to name changes is that the judge accepts the requests unless it results a confusion or fraud.