Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest puts up a shot during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Friday, March 4, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 92-84. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest filed a request with the Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday to change his name to Metta World Peace.
Metta is a Buddhist word meaning loving kindness, according to John Black, the Los Angeles Lakers vice president of public relations.
A hearing on Artest's requested name change is scheduled for Aug. 26 in Los Angeles Superior Court.