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Metta World Peace says he changed name to Metta Sandiford-Artest

Metta Sandiford-Artest and Maya Sandiford

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) Metta World Peace and Maya Artest attend Byron Allen’s 4th Annual Oscar Gala to Benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on February 09, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images for Entertainment Studios)

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Ron Artest

Metta World Peace

The Pandas Friend

Metta Sandiford-Artest

The former Bulls/Pacers/Kings/Rockets/Lakers/Knicks player on Inside the Green Room with Danny Green:

I was one of those people that I love attention.

When I’d seen Ochocinco changed his name – and it was four years before I did mine – I was like, “Yo, that’s dope. I’ve got to do that.” At first, I originally was going to be – so it was going to be “Queensbridge” and then “So Hood.”

The first game that I had with World Peace, I was like, “This is the dumbest thing ever.” I was coming off of the bench at that time, 2011, and they say, “Metta World Peace!” And I remember not wanting to take off my warm-up.

It was embarrassing. So, I did think about changing my name back. But then I got used. People got used it.

But right now, it’s funny because I got married, and my name now is Metta Sandiford-Artest. So, I actually took my wife’s last name.

Sandiford-Artest is married to Maya Sandiford.

As Sandiford-Artest said, he loves attention. This gets him more.

But The Pandas Friend didn’t stick as a name. We’ll see whether Metta Sandiford-Artest is more lasting.