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Metta World Peace Is Changing His Name Again, This Time To “The Pandas Friend”

Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

A little over a week ago, news got out that Metta World Peace has agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.43 million — making him the highest paid import player — to go play in China for the Sichuan Blue Whales in the CBA this upcoming season. However, as if that news wasn’t big enough already, he took it a step further by announcing that the move overseas will bring a new name.

While we wait to get word on what it actually is, China Daily has the scoop on what it might be and in true Ron Artest Metta World Peace fashion it’s, well, uhhh, different.

New high-profile import playing for Chinese basketball Association club Sichuan Blue Whales is known as Ron Artest but intends to change his name to “Panda Friend” in honor of his move to China.

World Peace, who is known in China as “Ci Shiping”, a literal translation of “Metta World Peace,” now plans to name himself after China’s giant panda, a precious animal based in Southwest China’s Sichuan province, where his new team is also based.

via Metta World Peace enjoys China treat, poised for new name | China Daily

Mr. Friend has a different ring to it, but he loves pandas and plans on visiting them as soon as he touches down in China, so why not?

Plus, this is a good look:

Correction

His name will be “The Pandas Friend” not “Panda Friend.” Mr. Pandas Friend said so himself.

via r/NBA.

Scott Rafferty

  • YODA

    WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SAY:{ THE METAMORPHOSIS HAS BEGUN AGAIN } !

  • Madley

    How long before he gets into a fight with a Giant Panda and get kicked out of the country.