Ron Artest's bid to become Mr. World Peace was delayed, but not denied.
A court commissioner granted the Lakers forward’s request to officially change his name to Metta World Peace on Friday, three weeks after the bid was blocked because Artest had unpaid traffic tickets.
Artest did not attend a brief hearing Friday.
Superior court spokeswoman Patricia Kelly said that Artest’s new last name will be World Peace.
His publicist, Courtney Barnes, said the player chose Metta because it is a traditional Buddhist word that means loving and kindness toward all.