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Lakers' Artest seeking to change name


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest wants to change his name to Metta World Peace.

Artest's attorney filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday seeking the change. The 31-year-old NBA star was born Ronald William Artest Jr.

In the court documents, Artest cites personal reasons for wanting to make the change.

An Aug. 26 court date was set to consider the petition.

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Los Angeles Lakers' RonArtest reacts after drawing a foul while scoring against the SacramentoKings during an NBA preseason basketball game in Las V...

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