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Metta World Peace Loves Pandas So Much, He's Wearing Panda Sneakers

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The basketball legend once known as Ron Artest, who now goes by Metta World Peace, has adopted a new name as he joins the Chinese Basketball Association's Sichuan Blue Whales: "The Panda's Friend."

And, like any good reinvention, it comes with a new pair of shoes, sporting pandas on the top:

The teddy bears - like World Peace's friendship with pandas - are permanent, the basketball player was quick to point out. Bleacher Report has the rest of the scoop on the super fly kicks.

And if the Panda's Friend is looking to take other steps to help pandas beyond adopting these shoes - and a new moniker - conservation groups like the World Wildlife Fund could certainly point the basketball star in the right direction.