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Mitch Kupchak expresses amusement over Ron Artest changing his name

June 23, 2011 | 10:23 pm

There are many unanswered questions about why Ron Artest spent time on the day of the NBA draft filing paperwork at Los Angeles County Superior Court to legally change his name to "Metta World Peace."

Of course, the first question is why? And no, Artest's entry of "personal reasons" on the court document doesn't quite explain it. But another question involves what name will go on the back of Artest's -- er, I mean, World Peace's -- jersey.  A league official said that is up to the team and Artest.

Still, these are important questions that must be answered. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, for one, spent Thursday night drafting guards Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock with the 41st and 46th picks and Chukwudiebere Maduabum and Ater Majok with the 56th and 58th picks. But bringing up Artest's proposed name change led Kupchak to crack a smile for possibly the first time in his life. Don't be shocked. When asked his preference for what name Ron Ron should have on the back of his jersey, Kupchak delivered the ultimate punchline:

"I'm an advocate for world peace," Kupchak deadpanned.

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