Artest, who attended St. John’s University and grew up in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens, changed his name to Metta World Peace in September 2011.
“Metta is going to be the first name and it means like friendship, love and kindness,” Artest said at the time to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. “World Peace is going to be the last name, so everybody can get ready to buy their World Peace jerseys.”
The elbow incident has many basketball observers second guessing Artest’s name change.
Here are five name changes Metta World Peace should consider following the James Harden elbow incident. All suggested name changes are courtesy of Twitter users, who have given their two cents on the controversy.
1. Holy Flying Elbow
2. Military Industrial Complex