Metta World Peace changing name to "The Pandas Friend"

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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)
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)


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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