Former Knicks Baller Metta World Peace Is Changing His Name to "The Panda's Friend"

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The NBA player formerly known as Ron Artest is switching up his name from Metta World Peace to "The Panda's Friend" as he preps for his first season playing basketball in China.

"Guys my chinese name is not "Panda Friend", its "The Pandas Friend," he tweeted, after there was some apparent confusion behind his exact name change.

Metta didn't say why he was changing his name to The Panda's Friend, but since it's Metta, we're just going to guess that he developed a deep love for pandas while visiting China or woke up one day and thought the name would be a perfect fit.

The forward is set to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales this season in China, according to ESPN, after landing a $1.4 million, one-year deal with the team. While that contract isn't a big deal in the States when it comes to the NBA, it made him one of the highest-paid players in China's pro league.

Metta first teased his name change on Twitter July 31, writing, "I'm changing my name for the China this season !!!! You guys will love it."

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Metta World Peace Changes Name To Panda Friend

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