Metta World Peace Will Change Name to "The Pandas Friend"

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Remember when Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace and everyone thought it was the height of ridiculousness?

Well, today the former New York Knicks forward set out to prove that when you're dealing with Mr. World Peace, things can always get more absurd.

Metta World Peace

Having been released by the Knicks at the end of last season, Metta is currently starting for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Earlier this week, World Peace informed his Twitter followers that he'd reveal his "new Chinese name" in the near future.

Unfortunately for The Panda, a Chinese newspaper nearly beat him to the punch:

"New high-profile import playing for CBA club Sichuan Blue Whales is known as Ron Artest but intends to change his name to 'Panda Friend,'" reported China Daily.

Thankfully, The Panda was quick to debunk that ridiculous rumor:

"Guys my chinese is not "Panda Friend," it's "The Pandas Friend," he tweeted today.

Thank God he sorted that out. "Panda Friend" sounds like some sort of crazy person's name.

No word yet on why Mr. Friend chose to leave out the apostrophe. Maybe he was worried it would make him look ridiculous.