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Metta World Peace is changing his name, again

In 2011, the man formerly known as Ron Artest had a dream. And that dream was to bring world peace to the world. Since that didn't work out he's now focusing on pandas.

Former NBA player reportedly signed with Chinese pro team

The man formerly known as Metta World Peace and also formerly known as Ron Artest, left, and a panda bear. (Getty Images)

In 2011, the man formerly known as Ron Artest had a dream. And that dream was to bring peace to the world.

To help with this goal, Artest, then of the Los Angeles Lakers, decided to change his name. And so “Metta World Peace” was born, or “Loving Kindness World Peace” if you translate the name fully into English.

But Metta’s drive for Peace on Earth has met with mixed results, so he is shifting his focus to a new pursuit.

Panda bears.

According to Chinese news outlet China Daily, World Peace has signed a one-year deal worth $1.43 million US to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales. To commemorate the occasion, World Peace said he is changing his name to “Panda Friend.”

Many people were skeptical that this report was correct. And they were proved right when Metta chimed in on Twitter. 

The man now called "The Panda’s Friend" will likely make his Chinese Basketball Association debut in late November. 

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