LA Lakers Player, Ron Artest Loves A Bit of Change August 26, 2011 19:37
It's all about change at the moment for Ron Artest; the LA Lakers player announced that he was set to change his name to Metta World Peace, and that he also wants to change his jersey number next season.
Artest has been set on changing his name to the more politically motivated Metta World Peace, saying to nba.com that "It's about world peace. You know what I mean? The kids need to know that, and they know that now."
The change was meant to take place last Friday, but it turned out that Artest was unable to officially change his name until some left-over traffic warrants were taken care of.
Artest also hopes to change his jersey number from 15 to 70 in the next season. The number 70 is a spiritual number for Artest, representing the universe and being able to keep a healthy mind while playing.
No stranger to change, Artest has also had jersey No. 23 to honour Michael Jordan, 91 to honour Denis Rodman, 93 and 96 to honour his hometown of Queens, N.Y., and number 37 to honour Michael Jackson.
Having already played for the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and the Lakers, Artest seems like a man who never likes to get too settled. It's even rumoured that he may be interested in a temporary move to the Chester Jets of the British Basketball League (BBL) while the NBA is in lockout. While British fans would love to get a slice of NBA action, it's unlikely that the Chester Jets are going to be able to offer Artest the necessary insurance to play.