IMPORTANT UPDATE 2:04 P.M. THURSDAY:
We have a crucial clarification from the man himself.
Guys my chinese name is not “Panda Friend” , its “The Pandas Friend”.
— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) August 7, 2014
On Monday, Metta World Peace announced that he was signing with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The Player Formerly Known as Ron Artest also dropped this little nugget.
New Chinese name coming soon. You guys are going to love it!!!!
— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) August 5, 2014
Mr. World Peace has apparently made up his mind: He “intends to change his name to ‘Panda Friend’ in honor of his move to China,” China Daily reports.
Mr. Friend, 34, last was seen playing for the New York Knicks, who waived him in February, and then signing on as assistant girls’ basketball coach at Palisades High School in Southern California. He becomes the latest NBA cast-off to play in China after Stephon Marbury and Tracy McGrady.