By Jeff Case
Last we heard from Metta World Peace around these parts, he was the target of a prank pulled by his former New York Knicks teammate Amar’e Stoudemire.Word is that World Peace won’t be in the NBA next season and has agreed to play for a team in China called the Sichuan Blue Whales.
But going to a new team is never that simple with World Peace. Aside from trekking overseas, it has been widely reported that he will likely change his name to either “Panda’s Friend” or “The Panda’s Friend” as part of the move, too. World Peace himself touched on the name change via Twitter and, his Twitter feed has been filled of late with him retweeting images from fans of him either with (or as) a panda.
According to the folks over at TriangleOffense.com, World Peace was spotted at the Venice Basketball League in a panda suit:
Again, there’s no official word that this fellow (animal?) is World Peace. Either way, seeing someone in a panda suit at an outdoor basketball game in California (in the summer) is nonetheless odd.