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Metta World Peace, Paul Pierce Team Up to Release Exclusive NFT as Part of Meta Panda Club


Tom Friend

One of the NBA’s fiercest individual rivalries in the NBA has been laid to rest courtesy of NFTs.

Former Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace and former Boston Celtic Paul Pierce had contentious one-on-one battles during their playing careers, but are teaming up as part of the Meta Panda Club to release an exclusive Pierce “The Truth’’ NFT in a final mint round on Monday.

Co-founded by World Peace, the Meta Panda Club is a startup intent on having professional players, teams and leagues collaborate on NFTs to “build the world’s largest decentralized basketball community for the metaverse and physical world.” The club will give customers access to physical merchandise, venues, game tickets, metaverse integration, offline meetings with players and digital tokens.

The drop of the Paul Pierce NFT is somewhat surprising considering the heated matchups Pierce had with World Peace (then-Ron Artest) earlier in the 2000s. They scuffled as recently as the 2010 NBA Finals, when Artest’s Lakers defeated the Celtics in seven games, but have reconciled through Web3.

“We had wars,” World Peace has said in the past of Pierce, and the late Kobe Bryant, a teammate of World Peace, once said, “He would cheapshot Paul, but to Paul’s credit, he never backed down.”

Each Meta Panda Club NFT provides utilities such as a guaranteed a “The Truth” NFT limited edition “The Truth” streetwear, one free Mint in the upcoming Web3Wear 3D “MPC Sneaker’’ collection and governance in the XvsX League.