The last we heard from Metta World Peace, he signed a contract with the Sichuan Blue Whales in China and announced he’d go by the name “Panda Friend” throughout his stay in China.

Now, to kick off his new career overseas, the man with a history of names has released new basketball shoes featuring a stuffed panda head along with two panda arms.

“Welcome to Metta’s World China! Available in tomorrow,” the caption read.

It originally was reported the panda head was detachable and that World Peace would throw the head to the crowd before each game. However, World Peace, AKA Panda’s Friend, later confirmed the head is not removable.

Too bad.

Even without the detachable characteristics of the shoe, you can’t make this stuff up.

Here’s the guy who was part of arguably the ugliest brawl in sports history now changing his name to “Panda’s Friend” and wearing panda shoes.

Never change, Metta.

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