New York Knicks forward Ron Artest Metta World Peace is giving fans even greater reason to love him. According to his Twitter account, he's going to afford the fans an opportunity to give the eccentric forward a new moniker heading into the new season.
Don't believe anyone who said I'm changing my name again. I am letting fans give me a new nick name. I am not legally changing my name.— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 26, 2013
World Peace wanted to clear the air of any rumors that he might be legally changing his name again, as he did back in 2011 when he went from Ron Artest to Metta World Peace.
With a name like Metta World Peace, you really wouldn't think he needs a nickname. But the Knicks star is nothing if not a man of the people, so he's taking suggestions on his website and will make a decision in two weeks.
Ill be picking my new nickname from a fan in two weeks.— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 26, 2013
It's really just another reason why World Peace should be a huge hit in New York next season.
Despite World Peace's declining numbers on the court, Magic Johnson of ESPN took to Twitter to declare that the move made the Knicks a title contender:
Metta World Peace makes the Knicks better and they have now become a championship caliber team!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 17, 2013
While that's may be a little premature, the 33-year-old World Peace averaged just 12.4 points and five rebounds in 33.7 minutes per game, there's no doubt that New York fans should be looking forward to World Peace's homecoming.
The forward played his high school basketball at La Salle Academy in New York City and went to college at local St. John's.
Allowing the fans to pick his new nickname will only serve to strengthen the connection between the team and their newest addition to the roster. Even if he doesn't transform the team into the title contender, his personality and veteran presence should make the Knicks much more fun to watch next season.