Updated 9/24 6:02pm
**Shoes are officially on presale at mettaworldpeace.com with portions of proceeds going to xceluniversity.org**
Metta World Peace has arrived in Sichuan to start the season as a Blue Whale. While most of us have been wondering about his new name change, we have some more news on how he will adding his love for pandas into his games.
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.”
This is a cool concept because it is both creative and it interacts with the crowd. It is something that the fans will be looking forward to before every game.
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Updated 3:50pm-it has been confirmed by Metta World Peace that the Panda does not detach from the shoe as we previously stated in the above article