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Thursday, August 7, 2014
World Peace to become 'Pandas Friend'?

By Christopher Chavez

Metta World Peace no more?

The 15-year NBA veteran formerly known as Ron Artest said he is considering changing his name yet again. World Peace, who signed a one-year deal with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, now plans to go by "The Pandas Friend."

Guys my chinese name is not "Panda Friend" , its "The Pandas Friend".

— (@MettaWorldPeace) August 7, 2014

Artest legally changed his name to Metta World Peace in September 2011. It's unknown whether the new change will be legally binding.

The 34-year-old small forward expressed his interest in another alias and the cuddly bear native to south-central China in the days leading to the report.

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

— (@MettaWorldPeace) August 5, 2014

First thing I am doing when I get to china will be visiting Pandas with my daughter @BabyGirl_Sade

— (@MettaWorldPeace) July 31, 2014

World Peace has been known to make bold, wild proclamations on Twitter in the past. Let's see if this one sticks.