When the New York Knicks signed Metta World Peace many hoped he's change his name back to Ron Artest. He didn't, and the marriage between he and the Knicks ended early. However, now a member of the Chinese Basketball Association, World Peace intends to change his name yet again.
As a result, and to celebrate his move to China, World Peace intends on changing his name as a tribute to his new country. Clearly, the high-profile import intends to become a fan-favorite early.
New Chinese name coming soon. You guys are going to love it!!!!— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) August 5, 2014
ChinaDaily.com.cn reports World Peace's intention to honor his new country of employment.
Metta World Peace is going to have a new name in China.
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 China's giant panda, a precious animal based in Southwest China's Sichuan province, where his new team is also based.
World Peace should love it in China. Not only is he already very well known, he's also being paid handsomely. World Peace is now the CBA's highest paid import player. He'll reportedly make $1.43 million on his one year contract with Sichuan Blue Whales.
Judging from World Peace's Twitter account, he seems to be very excited about his new adventure and has more in store than just a name change.
I have more creativity coming in china. Im only there for 4months, so I will make sure its fun and successful before I head back to America.
Wait until you guys see my first game;) you think the name is buzzing… Wow!!! Lol. Please stay tuned!!!
He also made sure to clarify his name change.
Guys my chinese name is not "Panda Friend" , its "The Pandas Friend".— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) August 7, 2014
What World Peace will bring to the CBA is toughness and fun. That's a rare combination. Not only will he undoubtedly end up pushing a player at some point he'll also be the kind of guy to break dance in a panda suit. It should be fun.
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