L.A. Laker Ron Artest Changes Name to Metta World Peace

Ron Artest's busy schedule kept him from appearing in court Friday but it did not prevent the court's commissioner from approving—in about 30 seconds—the 6-foot-7 L.A. Laker’s request to change his name to Metta World Peace. The change had been in the works for years, but it wasn't until the basketball player settled on a sufficient first name to accompany World Peace that he was ready to make it official. Anyone still unable to comprehend this decision can tune into Monday's episode of Dancing With the Stars where contestant World Peace will explain his thought process in further detail.