Queens-bred NBA star Ron Artest was granted a new name, Metta World Peace, per his petition, by a California court.
His Lakers jersey will now say World Peace on the back, his publicist said, but it’s not clear how ABC will deal with the quirky new moniker during his “Dancing With the Stars” debut Monday.
“I think there will be more about that when he goes on the show,” publicist Courtney Barnes said after a judge made the name change official.
World Peace, 31, was scheduled to appear before the judge in person early Friday, but the Los Angeles Lakers forward bowed out at the last minute due to his “brutal” dancing rehearsals, Barnes said.
“Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world,” World Peace, 31, said in a statement.