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Metta World Peace changing name to "The Pandas Friend"


By ERIC LYONS

According to China Daily, former NBA star Ron Artest, now known as Metta World Peace, is considering changing his name yet again to "The Pandas Friend" following his move to the Chinese Basketball Association. In true Ron Artest or Metta World Peace or "The Pandas Friend" fashion, he announced the news over Twitter on Thursday.

Here is how everything went down: The NY Daily News reports the 34-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Sichuan Blue Whales worth $1.43 million. Artest joins a lengthy list of aging NBA stars, including the likes of Tracy McGrady and Stephon Marbury, who went to play in the CBA in an attempt to extend their careers.


Artest has played for six teams in his 15-year NBA career, which includes winning the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. His intense play and defensive excellence have always been overshadowed by his off-the-court-antics -- most notably "Malice at the Palace."

Artest is know for his rough play and rather questionable statements, but whether or not "The Pandas Friend" will be able to fit across the back of a jersey is still unknown.

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