Well maybe this is not the best way to try and blend into a culture. Former NBA basketball Metta World Peace signed with Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association. And as a token of his excitement for playing in the Chinese league, Metta World Peace has decided to change his name to Panda Friend.

Metta World Peace spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers, but was recently waived by the New York Knicks. Before changing his name to Metta World Peace, the 34-year-old basketball player went by the name of Ron Artest.

The player is known for his controversial antics and in case you're wondering, with this name change people will probably be calling him Mr. Friend.

Let's just say his career went ... downhill.

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