Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

Metta World Peace says he plans to change his name again


He’s had enough of World Peace, time to move on. I guess.

Just before the season started in 2011 then Laker Ron Artest has his name legally changed to Metta World Peace.

Now, before he starts his first season with the New York Knicks, he’s going to do another name change. To what? I have no idea. But that is what he told Clevver News (via

“We are going to do a name change, but I can’t tell you what it is.”

He also said this would not be a legal name change — as he did to move from Artest to World Peace — so on the back of his Knicks jersey will be World Peace. But he will want to be called Art Vandelay. Or Hank Chinaski. Or Zorro or whatever it is.

Whatever it is, welcome to having World Peace — or whatever it is — on your team, New York.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.