World Peace At Hand: Ron Artest's Name Change Official

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM EDT

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World Peace At Hand: Ron Artest's Name Change Official

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM EDT

Say goodbye to Ron Artest. And hello to Metta World Peace.

The Los Angeles Lakers star's name change became official on Friday when his request was approved by a Los Angeles County Superior Court commissioner, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world," World Peace said in a statement. "I'm glad that it is now official."

Read the Los Angeles Times story HERE.