Metta World Peace To Change His Name Yet Again Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="27"] After not receiving much interest among NBA teams, one-time NBA champion Metta World Peace has chosen to take his talents to China. Wo [new_royalslider id="27"] After not receiving much interest among NBA teams, one-time NBA champion Metta World Peace has chosen to take his talents to China. Wo Rating: 0
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Metta World Peace To Change His Name Yet Again

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After not receiving much interest among NBA teams, one-time NBA champion Metta World Peace has chosen to take his talents to China. World Peace recently signed with Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association and is already making news overseas.

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According to China Daily, the man formerly known as Ron Artest is changing his name once again:

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.

It’s not all that surprising that World Peace or the soon-to-be-called “Panda Friend” would change his name for a second time. The former Laker has always been one to do whatever he wants whenever he wants.

Even though his time in NBA might be over, World Peace will always be relevant and a fan favorite in Los Angeles. It’d be safe to assume that kind of popularity with fans for saying and doing whatever he feels will carryover to China.

Seriously doubt World Peace will be contending with Kobe Bryant in terms of popularity in China, but there’s no doubt he’ll make his presence known with the Blue Wales.

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  • BleedPurpAndGold

    wow. what is going through your head Artest? Who in their right mind is going to call you by Panda Friend?

    • Jim213

      Keep up the good work LN but since no recent Lakers news is out there today smh… Scott on the Dan Patrick Show:

      https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=oYjbhIIb9cQ

    • Carlo Montano

      more like ‘kung-fu panda’ friend. lol

  • rival

    Change your name to fucken dumb ass.

  • Thomas Klein

    He could change his name to LeBron James and people still wouldn’t want him on their team. It’s not the name dude, it’s that your game is lame, dude !!!


      And I suppose that you’re a basketball “pro” like Panda Friend.

    • Anonymoose

      Obviously you dont even know basketball if you dont understand the defensive power that whateverthehellhisnameisnow brings to teams. Were talking about a DOPY. And only truly great players have earned that title.

  • Duckathon

    At this point, I’m not surprised. Nothing to see here folks.

  • Jim213

    There goes the business.

  • ra

    Cool! MWP, Ron Artest, Panda Friend, whatever. We will always be friends with him, as a Laker.

    Please, nobody forget that his 3-point shot sealed the deal against the Celtics. That was ‘historical’. Lakers vs. Celtics was ‘the’ NBA rivalry since the beginning, and he made it so the Lakers had the last word on that (now, and forever).

    He can do no wrong, as far as I’m concerned. ….. and, that fan in the Palace had it coming for throwing a coke at him. PF, you can come back as a Laker anytime, and the doors will be open.

    • Andy L

      Yeah, and we won’t forget all the bricks he threw up either. Generating huge sighs and moans from the Staples crowd. :-D Still, I have a hard time disliking Mr. Friend.

      • ra

        But don’t forget his D. He was DPOY in 2004, and All-D for many many years, and he was a ‘stopper’ (for e.g., stopped KD, and totally threw him off his game).

  • Shane Michael

    Yo, for reals…fuck that guy!

  • Danny Wong

    love it .. fyi his new name will be “shon mao pun yo”

  • Knickstape21

    Haha I love this guy, fuck the haters. This guy is a one of a kind nut job and I love it. Do it Ron Metta Panda

  • 3339

    I wish we could hear Lawrence Tanter say Panda Friend.
    “technical foul on Panda Friend.”

  • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

    Panda Friend..

  • Priela Paolo

    kung fu panda?

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