The Los Angeles Lakers star, also the current Dancing With The Stars season 13 contestant formerly famous for Ron Artest officially became Metta World Peace on Friday September 16 when a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner approved his request to change his name, which reflects the personal change he's undergone in the last decade. Earlier in September, World Peace explained the meaning of his new name to ESPN: "Metta is going to be the first name and it means like friendship, love and kindness," he shared. "World Peace is going to be the last name, so everybody can get ready to buy their World Peace jerseys." Let’s take some minutes to have a look at Ron Artest-Metta World Peace 31-year life in pictures.
Ron Artest was born, raised in Queensbridge, New York City and played high school basketball at La Salle Academy. At the age of 12, he witnessed the murder of a fellow player on a basketball court
He attended and also played college basketball at St. John's University where the 20-year-old was first-team All-Big East, leading his team to a 50-19 record in his two seasons
Metta World Peace was selected the16th-overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in the 1999–2000 season
After over 2.5 years with a total of 175 games for the Bulls, Ron Artest was traded to Indiana in 2002, and started to become the Artest we know today
Artest performed well at the 2004 All-Star and was named the Defensive Player of the Year. He wore three jersey numbers for the Pacers: 15, 23 and 91
Also in that year, Metta World Peace was suspended three games and fined about $35,000 for destroying camera equipment after a loss to the Knicks
The next season, he publicly requested a trade and was traded to Sacramento in January 2006, did so-so with the Kings on the court and was arrested for shoving a woman in the face
Before the 2008-09 season, Houston decided to trade Ron Artest on August 14, marking a turnaround in his career. "I'll be a kid in a candy store," he said. "I'm going to dance with the stars"
In July 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Artest to a five-year deal worth about $33 million as a step of parlaying his success
This September, Ron Artest is the contestant on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars where he paired with dance professional Peta Murgatroyd
And he officially became Metta World Peace on September 16
Ron Artest Officially Changed into Metta World Peace
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