Metta World Peace will be headed to China to start the season as a Sichuan Blue Whale for the Chinese Basketball Association. With his departure coming up soon, I had the chance to speak to MWP about this new experience and to share exclusive photos of where he will be living for the next five months.
Metta, I know your fans would love to hear about your decision to go to China. Can you tell us how this all came about?
Yes, well I have been to China before and I received a lot of love from my fans. I have always wanted to play for a new audience and this time it’s different…I am going as the Panda’s Friend.
So you really changed your name to the Panda’s Friend?
Expect the Panda’s Friend to be a creative player during the games, I have a few surprises for all of you. I will be announcing more on Monday.
I see that you have some photos to share, is this where you will be living?
I have a few city photos of Chengdu, Sichuan and some of my new home. Panda’s Friends love tall buildings and big comfy beds. I will make sure to have lots of bamboo around for my guests.
This will be my favorite place to be: the dining and kitchen area. I will miss my Whole Foods store, but I am looking forward to tasting the local cuisine.
Another cool feature is the indoor pool, I will come here to relax after long away game schedules.
Thank you for sharing these photos, we wish you the best of luck and please keep us updated on your adventures.
I have a feeling you will be hearing more from me soon.