Metta World Peace decides it is time for another new name

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Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, has not been afraid to change his name when in new scenery and it looks like it could be about to happen again for the eccentric former NBA man.

He first changed his name to Metta World Peace in an effort to encourage more pacifistic behavior. World Peace thought it would be unique and effective to have people buying and wearing jerseys with the title "World Peace" draped across the back.

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This time World Peace has decided to go by a different moniker, now that he has signed with the Chinese Basketball Association.

Panda Love

World Peace let it his love of Pandas be known before arriving in China, by alerting his twitter followers that the first thing he planned to do there was visit Pandas. The anticipation grew when he tweeted:

"New Chinese name coming soon. You guys are going to love it!!!!"

Making it official

Finally the 34-year-old, NBA Champion small forward, let the world know he sought to now go by the moniker "The Pandas Friend," in another tweet.

The official tweet read as follows: "Guys my chinese name is not 'Panda Friend' , its 'The Pandas Friend'." 

It is not known yet whether the name will be legally binding or not, but expect merchandise and announcers supporting it. 

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