ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In September of 2011, a man born Ronald William Artest, in Queens, NY, announced that he had legally changed his name. Ever since then, the guy we had called Ron Artest for many years has officially been known as Metta World Peace. At the time, Mr. World Peace said the name change was meant to unify: “Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world. I’m glad that it is now official.” This summer he announced that when he retires, another name change could be in the works.
After the name change in 2011, it took a little getting used to. After all, fans and we in the media had been referring to “Artest” for well over a decade, so everyone had to make a quick switch. But what about his teammates? Even now, two years later, it appears that there’s still some conjecture. The official website of the New York Knicks caught up with a bunch of World Peace’s new Knicks teammates to find out what, exactly, is in a name.