Metta World Peace changing name to "The Pandas Friend"
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15), formerly Ron Artest, talks with media during the Lakers' media day in El Segundo, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15), formerly Ron Artest, poses as his photo is taken during the Lakers' media day in El Segundo, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
FILE -This Nov. 29, 2013 file photo, shows New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace before an NBA basketball game in Denver. World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, believes Marcus Smart can learn from the fallout that will come after the Oklahoma State All-American shoved a fan, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, during an NCAA college basketball game at Texas Tech. Smart was suspended three games by the Big 12 on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum, right, is escorted from the floor by teammate Ron Artest after Bynum was ejected for a flagrant foul during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 122-86, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Indiana Pacers' Ron Artest stands with the words "Tru Warier" shaved in his head during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, in Los Angeles. Artest had 22 points in the Pacers' 97-92 win. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers #91 leaves the floor after a melee involving fans during a game against the Detroit Pistons November 19, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) NBA player Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his birthday at the Lavo Nightclub at The Palazzo on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: NBA player Devin Ebanks (L) and Ron Artest attend the Rooftop Revolution Tour held at Hollywood and Highland on November 11, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 01: NBA star Ron Artest attends The 'Never Again' Peace Concert at Gibson Amphitheatre on November 1, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy (7) separates teammate Gerald Wallace (3) and Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest (15) in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game Friday, April 8, 2011, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers defeated the Lakers 93-86. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 15: Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace (R) speaks with Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., D-N.J., after a news conference at the Capitol to promote the Mental Health in Schools Act and de-stigmatize the issue of mental illness. World Peace was known as Ron Artest before legally changing his name in September 2011. (Photo by Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Basketball player Metta World Peace and family attend Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 at Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
STANFORD, CA - JULY 31: Metta World Peace attends the match between Venus Williams of the Unites States of America and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during Day 4 of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadiumon July 31, 2014 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)
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:
I'm changing my name for the China this season !!!! You guys will love it- mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) August 1, 2014
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.
First thing I am doing when I get to china will be visiting Pandas with my daughter @BabyGirl_Sade- mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) July 31, 2014
Wait until you guys see my first game;) you think the name is buzzing... Wow!!! Lol. Please stay tuned!!!- mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) August 7, 2014
Guys my chinese name is not "Panda Friend" , its "The Pandas Friend".- mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) August 7, 2014
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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