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November 13, 2011 Updates

Metta World Peace says his childhood hero Michael Jordan left the NBA players high and dry in the never-ending lockout drama -- by forgetting he was once one of them ... and acting like every other stubborn owner. Jordan -- the Charlotte Bobcats' big cheese -- is among a group of NBA owners who are taking a hard line with the players in the lockout negotiations. According to MWP, the players don't hate His Airness ... they just feel like, "he didn't support us when we most needed him." TMZ.com

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Metta World Peace, the NBA star formerly known as Ron Artest, isn't happy to be this season's first contestant sent home from Dancing with the Stars, but the L.A. Laker admits that he didn't take things in the ballroom as seriously as he does on the basketball court. "I was having a great time and I was looking forward to learning a few dances, but I wish I would have put in a little more effort," he told PEOPLE backstage after Tuesday night's elimination. "Years ago when I saw Dancing with the Stars, I didn't think I could ever do the show. And now that I'm here, I'm like, 'I wish I would have tried a little harder.' " People

The NBA star formerly known as Ron Artest was the first contestant bounced from "Dancing with the Stars" - but he has rebounded in a big way for his old neighborhood. The edgy and eccentric member of the LA Lakers, who grew up in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, has donated more than $100,000 to charities in his former stomping grounds. The hard-nosed defender, who legally changed his name to Metta World Peace last Friday, gave $65,000 to Long Island City-based Steinway Child and Family Services and $55,000 to The Child Center of New York, based in nearby Woodside. New York Daily News

September 21, 2011 Updates

On Tuesday night's elimination show for "Dancing With the Stars," an upbeat Ron Artest - or Metta World Peace, as he was referred to throughout the night - didn't seem too downtrodden over being the first ouster of the season. "All I want to know is, who's coming with me?" he shouted after his elimination, turning to the remaining 11 contestants. "Peta was great, everybody give a round of applause for Peta. She was awesome!" Artest snagged the low score of the night on Monday, pulling in a mere 14 points after an "atrocious" cha-cha-cha, according to judge Len Goodman. "It was all sizzle and no sausage," Len remarked after his performance Monday - clearly not in reference to the basketball player's shimmery gold vest. New York Daily News

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Let there be peace. As in Metta World Peace. A brief hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday morning made it official -- Ron Artest has changed his name to Metta World Peace. According to Artest's publicist, Courtney Barnes, Artest was not present for the ruling, but his attorney, Nahla Rajan, represented her client in front of commissioner Matthew C. St. George. "[Rajan] walked up, the judge said, 'We understand he wants to change his name and he wants to do so for personal reasons,' and it was granted," Barnes said. "That was it. It was that quick." ESPN.com

Artest's 8-year-old daughter, Diamond, also plans to change her surname from Artest to World Peace now that her father's name change has become official. "This process needed to go through [Friday] and be legal before there would be any pursuit of that," Barnes said. ESPN.com

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