NBA star is playing up to his bizarre name change

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Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) is famous for his erratic and enigmatic personality but his recent name change and subsequent actions in China may be his most bizarre behaviour to date.

World Peace has left the NBA at this current time and is plying his trade abroad in China, he recently signed for Sichuan Blue Whales. 

The new chapter of the basketball stars career seems to have him rather excited and he wanted to give the people in China the same feeling, he felt the only way to do this was to change his name once more to suit his current surroundings.

The 34-year-old was known as 'Ci Shiping' in China which was a translation from his former name 'Metta World Peace', so in honour of the national emblem of China: the Giant Panda, the small forward has changed his name to "The Pandas Friend".

World Peace has warned his fans of the upcoming name change on August 1, he tweeted saying: "I'm changing my name for the China this season !!!! You guys will love it"

Now it seems as though "The Pandas Friend" is taking his name change very seriously and ventured out to the Venice Ball to show off a new outfit.

The Venice Ball league was certainly surprised when a former NBA star dressed in a Panda's outfit made an appearance at their blacktop.

You can check out some of the pictures of World Peace in a Panda's costume here.

Richie Schueler was on hand at the league to capture some images of the newly named "The Pandas Friend" and he tweeted out saying

"Yes, The Pandas Friend, aka @MettaWorldPeace has made his appearance at the @VENICEBALL LEAGUE today. Wow lol..."

Also if you were wondering why theres such a significance to the wording of World Peace's new name, it's because he reiterated it to his twitter fans to clarify, he said: "Guys my chinese name is not "Panda Friend" , its "The Pandas Friend"."

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