April 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) controls the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half in game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Metta World Peace turns to social media for new nickname

Shortly after announcing that Metta World Peace wanted to do a name change, even though he won’t go through the process legally, he’s now decided that his fans will pick his new name for him.

Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York reports that a spokesperson for World Peace will turn to Twitter for suggestions on what name he’ll have during his tenure with the New York Knicks.

A spokesperson for Metta World Peace confirmed with ESPNNewYork.com that the newest Knick is weighing submissions on the social media platform for his new nickname when he returns home this fall. World Peace was born in Queens and played college ball at St. John’s — then known as Ron Artest.

After his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ron Artest officially changed his name to Metta World Peace on September 16th, 2011. It’s unknown exactly why World Peace wants to change his name, but then again no one knows exactly what’s going on in that head of his.

Perhaps fans can just vote on “Ron Artest” to end the antics altogether.

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