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.

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
 
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
 
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
 
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
 
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
 
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
 
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
 
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup