The New Ron Artest Shoes Feature Pandas on Them (Pic)

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Ron Artest made some ripples in the news a few months back by letting the world know that he wanted to be known as Panda Friend. He was playing in China, so…okay. There’s no context that makes wanting to go by “Panda Friend” seem like a logical choice.

However, he seems to have gotten off the name changing kick. He’s sticking with Metta World Peace, because that’s nice and normal.  But that doesn’t mean that Artest doesn’t still wish to flaunt his love of pandas. Only he’s not doing it with his name. He’s doing it with his shoes.

Only problem is they don’t look like f*cking pandas. A panda is a black-and-white bear. This is a white bear. Albeit one with a black nose, but that’s still not even close to the black-to-white ratio I look for when I’m evaluating panda-ness. Dammit, Ron Artest!

I’ve gone and gotten myself all worked up over something Ron Artest did. How silly of me. Sometimes, you just have to let Panda’s Friend World Peace Artest do his thing.

Wondering what Artest plans on doing with the pandas on his new shoes?  Here’s a statement he released earlier:

“…before every game, I will be wearing the white or black shoes. The top part of the shoe has a panda on it…it is removable. 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.”

And here’s a tweet he sent out later that seems to contradict his original statement:

Make of these statements what you will, but just don’t be surprised if, someday soon, Ron Artest complete’s his transformation to full-on panda. Don’t act surprised. You know it’s going to happen. He’s going to China for God’s sake.

Hat Tip – [Courtside Access]

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