Ron Artest, who changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011 and has also been known by the moniker Panda Friend, said he's now going by Metta Ford-Artest.
"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, in 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 [to] it.
"But right now, it's funny because I got married, and my name now is 'Metta [inaudible] Ford-Artest.' I actually took my wife's last and added it to mine."
Artest is married to Maya Ford, who now lists her name on Instagram as Maya Ford Artest.
He currently works in the Lakers organization as a player development coach with the South Bay Lakers, the team's G League affiliate.