Give Artest a Chance: Lakers Forward Wants to Change Name to Metta World Peace Of all the NBA players who might change his name to Metta World Peace, the man who created “bedlam in Detroit” by starting the biggest fan-player brawl in American sports might be the last guy on the list. But the kinder, gentler Ron Artest is doing just that, according to TMZ. The Los Angeles Lakers forward, who is so chill he thanked his psychiatrist during a post-game interview following the Lakers’ 2010 championship, “filed a petition in L.A. County Superior Court to change his name,” according to the TMZ report. Anything to generate Name Buzz at Thursday’s NBA Draft, surely. Artest even wants to put “Peace” on the back of his jersey, much like Chad Ochocinco, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and other professional athletes who’ve changed their names. We’ll see whether this trend catches on and whether more NBA players follow suit. With no fourth quarter, LeBron James might think about changing his name to 75 Cent. Greg Oden ought to consider a change to Big Web Dong. Dirk Nowitzki would be that much cooler if he became Das Awesomehaus.