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Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference in Los Angeles

Video: What would other NBA players change their name to?

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It was one of the more interesting stories of the NBA lockout — Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace (or Queensbridge). For the record, that change did not improve his dancing.

It got the guys at The Basketball Jones wondering: What would other players change their name to? So they asked.

Nate Robinson wins.

If he wasn’t Metta World Peace, he’d be Queensbridge

Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference in Los Angeles

What would we do without Ron Artest, er, Metta World Peace to lighten the mood.

Amidst the ultimatums and likely refusal by players to accept that deal, World Peace went on the Dan Patrick Show Friday and when the host asked him if he had a backup name in mind if his name change had not panned out as planned this summer, he said yes:


As in the neighborhood in Queens where he grew up. Rough neighborhood, too. But ya gotta represent.

I’d say this was out of character, except it’s not.

Metta World Peace makes his sitcom debut Tuesday

Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference in Los Angeles

Well, at least he’s not dancing.

But Metta World Peace — the baller formerly known as Ron Artest — will be back on your televisions tonight. He tweeted he will be on a BET sitcom. (Via Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times.)


“Reed Between the Lines” is a family sitcom, but don’t think Cosby. Think more realistic. Well, it is like the Cosby family in that Malcolm-Jamal Warner has a key role, that they all like each other, that they are a middle class black family, but it comes with fewer ugly sweaters.

How does World Peace fit in? I’ve got no idea.

What makes me happy is the last line of that — we will get more World Peace on the screen (big and small).

By the way, the Lakers front office just cringed, there are some there that feel the guy who was key to the Lakers last title run has become distracted by celebrity and life in Los Angeles. Ron-Ron? No way.

Magic Johnson on with Leno, no fan of Artest’s new name

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

Magic Johnson was on the Jay Leno show Monday dodging questions about the lockout because as a Lakers executive he would be paying a heavy fine. Hard to blame him there.

But Magic was talking Metta World Peace — the Laker formerly known as Ron Artest — and it turns out Magic thinks he’s a better dancer and is no fan of the new name.

“Ron, come back down to earth.”

What fun would that be?

Today would have been “NBA media day” instead….


Today, the eyes of the NBA will be on a swanky Manhattan hotel where the NBA and players union will meet again. NBA talk will be about salary caps and basketball related income, with breaks to discuss star-studded games in Miami and Los Angeles next weekend.

What today should be about was NBA training camps opening and us trying to figure out what the heck Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) is talking about.

Monday should have been NBA media day league wide, the ritual that is the first day of NBA training camps. Photos would be taken, promos would have been filled and optimism would have abounded — even in Minnesota for a change. Nobody had yet lost a game or suffered an injury. Dallas would talk about repeating, Miami would sound cocky and Carmelo Anthony would talk about his commitment to defense. All things would be possible.


The Basketball Jones has the images for you.

Thanks so much, NBA.