This is about the most World Peace/The Panda Friend ever.
As a reminder, he signed to play this season in China for the Sichuan Blue Whale — and while there wants to be The Panda Friend. Right down to his shoes, apparently. He’s going to wear shoes that have panda heads on them.
This sounds like something Snopes would debunk, but it’s the truth. Here are the details, via Angela Koussian of Courtside Access:
The “panda friendly” shoes are designed for Metta World Peace and they have one interesting element to them: the “panda” has been attached to the tongue of the shoe. The design was done in house, by someone on Metta World Peace’s internal team. Now you might be thinking how would anyone be able to play with a big panda attached to the front of their sneakers?
Metta World Peace has given us the following statement:
“…before every game, I will be wearing the white or black shoes. The top part of the shoe has a panda on it. I will be throwing it to a friend in the crowd. The person who catches it will be the Panda’s Friend of the day.”
(UPDATE: A previous version of this story said the panda heads were detachable, we thought that was what he would throw into the crowd, but the panda heads stay on:)
The crowd in China will eat this up.
And it’s about the most World Peace/The Panda Friend thing ever.