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Metta World Peace’s new shoes have stuffed panda head

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After 15 seasons in the NBA, Metta World Peace will be joining Stephon Marbury, Andray Blatche, and Jordan Crawford in China for the upcoming basketball season. The 34-year-old has signed to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales.

A new opportunity means a new name for the former All-Star, who would now like to be referred to as “The Panda’s Friend.”

In keeping with the panda theme, Metta will be wearing a shoe complete with a stuffed panda head and arms.

On the list of Most Metta World Peace Things Ever, this has to be somewhere near the top.

H/T Sporting News

Metta World Peace likely headed to China?

Ron Artest RapperMetta may be taking his World Peace movement global.

According to Ian Begley, Metta is close to agreeing to terms with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Metta will be 35 next season and averaged a career-low 13.4 minutes per game last season with the Knicks. Many players have revived their careers in China — see Stephon Marbury — so it would not be a stretch to figure that World Peace would do well there.

Metta has flirted with the idea of playing in China for a while, so this would not be surprising.

Metta World Peace pranked by Jimmy Kimmel Show, ends up calling 911 (Video)

This is so sooo soooo soooooo good.

The Jimmy Kimmel Show teamed up with Amar’e Stoudemire to prank Metta World Peace, and the results were fantastic.

Metta World Peace KimmelAmar’e, who played with Metta on the New York Knicks, got his ex-teammate to speak at a charity event that did not exist. Amar’e and Kimmel sent a limo to pick up Metta and his assistant, and the driver just so happened to be Cousin Sal from Kimmel’s show.

Cousin Sal proceeds to just mess with Metta in every way possible, leading to a nightmare situation for Metta, who is stuck in a car with a super-annoying driver.

Before the prank was revealed, Metta was so irritated he ended up calling 911!

Watch from start to finish, and you won’t be let down.

H/T David

Metta World Peace to serve as girls’ high school basketball assistant in Palisades

Metta World Peace KnicksMetta World Peace is still a free agent after being waived by the New York Knicks earlier this year, but he already has a job lined up for next season. It’s just not the job he has grown used to over the past 14 years.

On Thursday, the Palisadian-Post reported that World Peace will be joining the Palisades High School girls basketball team as an assistant coach. Head coach Torino Johnson confirmed that Metta has agreed to join his staff.

“Metta’s going to be heavy into the strategic portion of our practices,” Johnson told the Palisadian-Post. “He’ll be someone you’ll see around. We’re both into mental health awareness and I’ll be really excited to see him in the gym.”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the area, Pacific Palisades is an upscale coastal city in Los Angeles. Steve Kerr played basketball at Pali High.

As of now, World Peace does not intend to retire from the NBA. He plans to work as an assistant coach in addition to joining another NBA team next year.

Can you imagine a guy who says stuff like this molding young minds? That’s kind of a scary thought.

Metta World Peace: Knicks wanted me to blend in, not lead

Metta World Peace KnicksMetta World Peace could not find much playing time with the New York Knicks and was averaging a career-low 4.8 points per game this season, which is one of the reasons he asked for his release. The other, he says, is that Mike Woodson and company were opposed to him trying to be a leader.

On Sunday, World Peace told Marc Berman of the NY Post that he was met with resistance at times when he attempted to be a team leader.

“I didn’t mind playing any role, but I didn’t see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,” he said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance. I backed off a little and tried to blend in with the team. I tried to find where I could complement the players but I couldn’t find any room to complement.”

World Peace, or Ron Artest as some still know him, is in his 15th NBA season. While he is known for fighting fans and saying whacky things, he has also been one of the game’s best defensive players for a number of years. With the Knicks struggling as badly as they have, you would think veteran experience would be valued.

World Peace intends to play another season or two and then try to get into coaching. He would not rule out a return to the Knicks next season now that Phil Jackson is on board.

Metta World Peace: Carmelo Anthony needs to be more like Kobe Bryant

Carmelo AnthonyMetta World Peace was waived by the New York Knicks on Monday after appearing in just 29 games. In his short time in New York, World Peace had a first-hand look at one of the biggest disasters in the NBA.

The Knicks, who many thought had a chance to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, are 21-36 and rapidly sliding out of playoff contention. Carmelo Anthony has not been able to prevent New York from losing nine of its last 11 games. If he was more like Kobe Bryant, World Peace thinks ‘Melo would have a better shot.

“Kobe doesn’t give a (bleep), he just wants to win,” Metta told the NY Daily News. “Melo needs to be more demanding and he needs to see results. The only difference between him and Kobe is that Kobe saw results. When Kobe said something people did that (stuff). Carmelo has no choice but to make it his personality because he’s a great player. There are not too many guys like him.”

Anthony, who can opt out of his contract at the end of the season, has done his best to not be a distraction. He has said all the right things publicly and refused to blame head coach Mike Woodson for the team’s struggles. World Peace described him as a great teammate, but he has a point about Anthony’s leadership skills.

Talent wise, Carmelo is probably one of the top 10 players in the NBA. If he carried himself like Kobe or LeBron James, the Knicks might play with more passion. They need that and then some.

Metta World Peace says argument with Kenyon Martin was over pasta

Metta World Peace KnicksThe New York Knicks have lost nine games in a row, and the stench of defeat is starting to cause frustration in the locker room. Before Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin reportedly got into a heated argument. Most of us assumed it had to do with the team’s recent struggles, but World Peace claims the dust-up wasn’t even about basketball.

“We were eating pasta. He had elbow pasta, I had shell pasta, and I told him how my shell pasta is better than his elbow pasta,” World Peace said Tuesday, per Frank Isola of the NY Daily News. “And he was pretty upset about that. He loves elbow pasta, but I disagree, I think shell pasta is better. I don’t care. I will stand by that. Shell pasta.”

That seems pretty hard to believe. Then again, everything the artist formerly known as Ron Artest says it a bit far-fetched. As for the team, Carmelo Anthony admitted that there are concerns head coach Mike Woodson could lose his job if the current trend continues.

“I mean, yeah, we’re worried about that,” Anthony said on Tuesday. “But then again, we’ve got to worry about playing basketball, man. I think that’s been a problem in New York all this time. Everybody worries about what’s being said on the outside.”

The Knicks are currently their own worst enemy, and I don’t think elbow or shell pasta has anything to do with it. If the team cannot find a way to win a few games, something has to give. Don’t be surprised if that something is a someone — Woodson.

Chest bump to Ball Don’t Lie