Posted on Fri Sep 16, 2011 01:55 PM PDT
Goodbye, Ron Artest.
The flamboyant NBA star went to the Los Angeles County Superior Court Friday morning to officially change his name to Metta World Peace, his publicist confirmed.
"Metta is his official first name; which in the Buddhist tradition means loving-kindness and friendliness toward others and his last name is World Peace," she said.
Thought he moniker is a bit odd, his publicist explained that spent years thinking about it and did a lot of "soul searching" before changing it.
As if the name change and his previous antics weren't enough -- like throwing a chair at a fan in Detroit back in 2004 -- the video below is proof that the attention-seeking Los Angeles Lakers forward will definitely be entertaining when the new season of Dancing with the Stars premieres next week.
Check out more pics of the man formerly known as Ron Artest decked out in Lakers colors and practicing his ballet moves below.
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