Ochocinco inspired Ron Artest's new name

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Ochocinco inspired Ron Artest's new name

Ron Artest told Stephen A. Smith of ESPN Radio that Chad Ochocinco's name change inspired his own pending referential metamorphosis into Metta World Peace.

Ochocinco, at the time Chad Johnson of the Bengals, changed his name to a reflection of his jersey number in 2008. Artest announced his intention to change his name this June.

As the future Mr. World Peace told ESPN:

When Ocho did it, I was like, "That's kind of dope. I want to change my name."

The name change was to become official last Friday, but was held up because of outstanding warrants for parking violations.

"It comes down to the parking tickets. I don't know how to pay a parking ticket. I've never paid a parking ticket," Artest said. "There's so much fine print and I just have these parking tickets and I just throw them in my glove compartment."

The Laker's next scheduled court date is September 16. If Artest pays his dues and is approved by the judge, World Peace may then come to fruition in Los Angeles.

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Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

We knew back on the night of the draft that as the Cavaliers desperately looked for a way to pry Paul George out of Indiana, they started involving third teams in the talks (because Indy had no interest in Kevin Love for Paul George straight up, not should they). Phoenix was involved, but that fizzled. So did talks involving Denver.

But those latter ones didn’t die the night of the draft, according to reports that came out over the weekend. Denver, Cleveland, and Indiana were still talking about a three-team deal that would land Love in Denver and George in Cleveland. The challenge for Cleveland was finding the combination of young players and draft picks that Indiana wants in a deal — Indy is rumored to want a lottery pick (preferably high lottery) and a young player or players.

Now that Denver three-team is “very unlikely” to happen, according to Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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