Metta World Peace is now officially Ron Artest's new name.
Superior court spokeswoman Patricia Kelly said that Artest's new last name will be World Peace.
His publicist, Courtney Barnes, said the player chose Metta [as a first name] because it is a traditional Buddhist word that means loving and kindness toward all.
"Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world," World Peace said in a statement released after the hearing.
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