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Has Ron Artest done gone and lost his mind?


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Granted, it's an infinitely nobler name change than Ochocinco, but is it any less kooky?

 

Ron Artest is petitioning to change his name to 'Metta World Peace'

By Kelly Dwyer

 

 

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It's not the coolest name change in sports history, World B. Free has him beat there, and it's not exactly a novel idea when Chad Ochocinco beats you to the punch a few years before, but Ron Artest's(notes) pending name change to -- get ready -- "Metta World Peace" is a real thing. An all-too real thing.

 

Apparently, Lakers radio reporter John Ireland broke the news on his show earlier Thursday, and TMZ picked it up from there. AP confirmed the madness is true. Metta World Peace, with "Metta" apparently a word derived from the Buddhist religion and the Sanskrit language meaning "friendliness," "benevolence" and all manner of other heartwarming descriptions.

 

It's the latest move from the kindler, gentler Ron -- er, Metta World Peace. In the 6 1/2 years since he charged into the stands in Detroit to confront someone who had thrown a drink at him, Peace has rebuilt his image through his play with three other teams, won a championship in Los Angeles, auctioned off his championship ring to raise money for mental health research and care, all while staying incident free. He tended to clang quite a few jumpers as the Lakers disappointed and fell in the second round of the playoffs last month, but how can you get angry at a guy with "Peace" on the back of his jersey?

 

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That dude's crazy as a goddamn loon! I love it.

 

I tried to think of a name I'd rather have once. The only ones more kick-ass would be stuff like "Brock Strongo" and "Lance Uppercut". I have thought about changing my middle name to something like "Ninja" or "Bodyslam" though. :D

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Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this: the peak of your civilization.

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Honestly though, Ron Artest is the only Laker I can tolerate... and mainly because he's a nut job.

 

I can stand Gasol the Geico Caveman/Llama. Not Artest tho. Only NBA nut job I've liked is Dennis Rodman.

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I can stand Gasol the Geico Caveman/Llama. Not Artest tho. Only NBA nut job I've liked is Dennis Rodman.

 

Rodman was definitely the nuttiest NBA player athlete PERSON ever and I loved him, but Artest isn't that bad. I can tolerate him. Gasol I don't hate, but I don't care about him. Really, I just hate Kobe (activate NZA's Kobe G.O.A.T. meme) and by default hate the Lakers. I actually liked them in the Magic days :/

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Rodman was definitely the nuttiest NBA player athlete PERSON ever and I loved him, but Artest isn't that bad. I can tolerate him. Gasol I don't hate, but I don't care about him. Really, I just hate Kobe (activate NZA's Kobe G.O.A.T. meme) and by default hate the Lakers. I actually liked them in the Magic days :/

 

I'm with ya on Kobe, obviously.

 

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But the Lakers... There was a new term for Celtics fans this year: "Hating Lebron is just a hobby. Hating the Lakers is a career."

 

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And then there's this:

 

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