A little over a week ago, news got out that Metta World Peace has agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.43 million - making him the highest paid import player - to go play in China for the Sichuan Blue Whales in the CBA this upcoming season. However, as if that news wasn't big enough already, he took it a step further by announcing that the move overseas will bring a new name.
While we wait to get word on what it actually is, China Daily
has the scoop on what it might be and in true Ron Artest Metta World Peace fashion its, well, uhhh, different.
New high-profile import playing for Chinese basketball Association club Sichuan Blue Whales is known as Ron Artest but intends to change his name to Panda Friend in honor of his move to China.
World Peace, who is known in China as Ci Shiping, a literal translation of Metta World Peace, now plans to name himself after Chinas giant panda, a precious animal based in Southwest Chinas Sichuan province, where his new team is also based.
Mr. Friend has a different ring to it, but he loves pandas and plans on visiting them as soon as he touches down in China, so why not?