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Metta World Peace Changes Name to ‘The Panda’s Friend’

A few years ago, NBA player Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace.

A few days ago, Metta, who now plays for the Chinese Basketball Association, announced that he was going to change his Chinese name to honor his move to the Sichuan Blue Whales:

And yesterday, China Daily announced his new name: “Panda Friend.”

But why, Metta World Panda Friend?

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.

As the news began to spread, however, World Peace was forced to step in and issue a vital correction:

Get it straight. He’s not just some random panda acquaintance/hanger-on/name-dropper. He is THE friend to the pandas. The BEST FRIEND.

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