Metta World Peace in a panda costume?

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, 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.



  1. lbj says:

    Metta World Peace playing in Sichuan Blue Whales team in China won’t give him his 3rd ring. He needs to play with our “king| LeBron in Akron Ohio. We will trade Yao Ming out from retirement and Jeremy Lin from Lakers plus future 1st round Chinese players to China!

    • GoSpursGo says:

      Metta World Peace only has 1 ring, not 2.

    • Seriously says:

      Seriously? why you gotta leave the same lame type of comments about impossible people coming to play with lebron on every freaking story in the NBA? U must have no life… u want artest to play with the cavs? and ray allen, and every other person who was a free agent… and how are the Cav’s gonna trade Yao and Lin? You obviously have no idea how this thing works!

  2. mike jordan says:

    is lbj a moron?..same comments..same understanding about trades..try trading players not from Cleveland

  3. dont feed the troll says:

    Dont feed the troll…

  4. lbj fan says:

    lbj, im a fan of yours, you keep making me smile every time i read an article and see your response beneath it 😀