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Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Artest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles

Video: Watch Ron Artest eat an entire orange (skin and all)

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Welcome to the latest installment of “lockout video,” where we run a video and if you were to ask us why we’d just say “lockout.”

Today we see Ron Artest — he’s still Ron Artest until the end of this week, when he should become Metta World Peace — leaving a Dancing With The Stars rehearsal, a parking lot that is like an African plains watering hole the paparazzi, because everyone is there. So what does Artest do? Walks over and shoves an orange in his mouth and eats it. Skin and all.

Kids, don’t try this at home. (Via The Basketball Jones)

No World Peace today, Artest is Artest for a few more weeks

Ron Artest Parade

Much to the disappointment of all of us, there is no World Peace today. Just like every other day.

Today was the day that Ron Artest’s name change was to become official, that he was to become Metta World Peace. And he was excited about it.

But the wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly. As the Associated Press explains.

A Los Angeles court commissioner delayed ruling on a name change petition by the Lakers forward until Sept. 16. Superior Court spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez says the court cited Artest’s outstanding traffic warrants as the reason for the delay.

If we’ve all waited this long for World Peace, we can wait another few weeks, can’t we?

Sorry Ron-Ron, Friday was almost Metta World Peace day

New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

UPDATE 1:10 pm: Sorry folks, no World Peace today. The name change has been delayed to Sept. 16.

9:15 am: Today, August 26, there is only World Peace.

There is no more Ron Artest.

At some point today, a judge in Los Angeles will officially sign that paper that will change the name of Lakers forward Ron Artest to Metta World Peace.

It’s a very Artest… er, World Peace thing to do, and he spoke with Marc Spears of Yahoo about the change.

“You can call me Ron today and then it’s over. It’s a wrap,” Artest said. “It’s about love, world peace. Everybody can relate to that, whether it’s in the same community or the same state or the same country or whether it’s a country going to war.

“It’s about world peace. You know what I mean? The kids need to know that, and they know that now.”

Artest, who wore 15 in a tribute to Michael Jackson last season for the Lakers, will also switch numbers to 70. Why?

“I’m changing it to 70 because it’s like something to do with the universe,” Artest said. “Everything kind of repeats itself. The universe is one. It’s the same thing. Healthy minds, just keeping the kids positive.”


No word on what number he would wear with the Cheshire Jets in England if he plays there, a deal likely not to go through because of insurance issues (the club cannot find affordable insurance for his salary should he be injured).