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Friday
Mar272015

Metta World Peace: 'I've Matured'

Harry How/Getty Images(MILAN) -- Former NBA player Metta World Peace, formally known as Ron Artest, signed with the Italian basketball club Pallacanestro Cantu on Thursday.

World Peace, 35, says he's come a long way since jumping into the stands in Detroit as a Pacers player in 2004.

"I had an up and down career," World Peace said Thursday. "I grew up playing basketball on the streets of New York City and it was very, very rough and I started playing in the NBA in the same way."

"Now the mentality is different from when I was younger. I always had the street mentality, but when you're older, you get more mature," he continued. "When you play angry you can't focus. I've got five more years to have a great time, so I will be playing with a lot of fire but not anger -- just passion."

World Peace last played for the Chinese Basketball Association and changed his name to "The Pandas Friend."

"I always wanted to play in Europe for a long time," World Peace said of going overseas. "They move the ball and they move bodies and that's what I like doing. I'm looking forward to playing team basketball and being smart as well as scoring. I can score but I'm excited about team basketball."

World Peace won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 and has played for six NBA teams in his 15-year NBA career, including the Knicks last year. He was born in New York and played for St. John's before being drafted by the Bulls in 1999.


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Saturday
Jun142014

Metta World Peach to Coach High School Girl's Basketball Team

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Metta World Peace may no longer playing professional basketball, but he has decided to become a coach. World Peace will serve as an assistant coach for the Palisades High Girl's basketball team.

Palisades coach Torino Johnson confirmed to the media that World Peace will join his staff. Johnson had previously met World Peace after coaching his daughter four years ago.

"He'll be heavily involved in our program," Johnson said, according to the Orange County Register. "We keep having, it's an ongoing dialogue, but it's all positive. There's no out. The only purpose for this is to be positive and to be impactful -- and this is of his choosing."

Palisades went 21-12 in 2013-14. The team won the L.A. City Section Division 2 title in 2012.

World Peace spent 15 seasons in the NBA for the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets, Lakers, and Knicks. He averaged 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.


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Tuesday
Jul162013

Metta World Peace Joining the Knicks

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Forward Metta World Peace is heading back to New York.

The 33-year-old World Peace, who is from Queens and played his high school ball for La Salle Academy in New York City, said Monday that he's joining the New York Knicks.

The Knicks confirmed that an agreement with the former Defensive Player of the Year has been reached.
      
According to ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley, the contract is for two-years, with the first year guaranteed, and is worth $1.6 million per season. The second year of the deal is a player option.

The 6-foot-7 World Peace is due $7.3 million by the the Los Angeles Lakers this season, after they released him via the amnesty provision last week.

World Peace averaged 12.4 points, five rebounds and 1.63 steals per game last season.

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Saturday
Jul132013

Metta World Peace's Future Up In the Air

Harry How/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Now that he's no longer a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace has no set plans for his future in athletics.

World Peace is said to be generating interest from the Clippers and Knicks, but World Peace isn't even sure if he wants to continue playing basketball.

"I don't really want to play for anybody," World Peace said on Friday. "I don't want to go anywhere. I want to go to China, or coach, or play arena football."

World Peace just finished his fourth season with the Lakers and averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in his 14th NBA season. But he'd be prepared to play in China.

"You don't live twice," World Peace said. "You're not 33 twice. You won't be able to play in China at a good level again. I wouldn't be able to play in China again averaging, maybe, 40 or more points. That would be fun."

Because of salary issues, the Lakers decided it'd be best to let World Peace go under the amnesty clause. The team will still pay him his $7.7 million salary, but it won't count against their salary cap.

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Friday
Jul122013

Lakers Release World Peace

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that they have released forward Metta World Peace via the amnesty clause.

The amnesty clause allows a team to release a player, paying him his full contract but not having it count against the teams salary cap. It was negotiated at the last collective bargaining agreement (2011-12 season) that each team would receive one amnesty provision.

"It's tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four seasons. For anyone who's had the opportunity to get to know him, it's impossible not to love him," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a release.
The statement continued, "He has made many contributions to this organization, both in his community work as well as in our games; perhaps no more so than in his clutch play in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals in helping to lead us over the Celtics in one of the greatest playoff wins in Lakers history. We thank Metta for all his contributions and wish him the best of luck in the future."
World Peace is due $7.7 million from the Lakers.

The 34-year-old has averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.85 steals per game throughout 14 NBA seasons.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Report: Lakers to Amnesty Metta World Peace

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Lakers will exercise the amnesty clause with Metta World Peace's contract, according to the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding.

World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, will go on the amnesty waiver wire and be available for teams that have salary cap space, before becoming an unrestricted free agent. The 33-year-old had recently exercised his player option with the final year of his deal for next season. 

The move, which cannot become official until Wednesday, July 10, surprised Laker star Kobe Bryant.

"Personally I'd keep Metta and make a run with the unit we have and just add a few pieces #keepthepeace #lakersstilldeciding," Bryant tweeted.

World Peace helped the Lakers win the NBA title in 2010. 

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Tuesday
Apr302013

Metta World Peace Defends Dwight Howard

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- After a disappointing season, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has taken it upon himself to defend center Dwight Howard, saying he's not to blame for the team's poor season.

"I think we put a little too much pressure on Dwight and as responsible leaders, we gave him a little too much responsibility," said World Peace.

"Kobe (Bryant), Paul (Gasol), and myself weren't responsible enough," he added. "We should have been louder voices. So, I take a lot of responsibility and I'm sure Kobe and Pau do also. So next year, we definitely will. We have to be the voice in the locker room consistently."

During the offseason, the Lakers acquired Howard along with point guard Steve Nash, and many thought the Lakers would make a serious playoff run and challenge for an NBA title.

Instead, the team struggled to even make the playoffs. They wound up with the eighth seed while dealing with injuries to Howard, Nash, Paul Gasol, and Kobe Bryant among others. Over the weekend, the Spurs finally put an end to the team's misery.

Howard is a free agent at season's end, and can sign with any team that can afford him.

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Tuesday
Apr092013

Metta World Peace Ready to Return Tuesday

Harry How/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- After having knee surgery less than two weeks ago, Lakers forward Metta World Peace says he will be ready to play Tuesday when the Lakers take on the New Orleans Hornets.

The doctors originally said it would take World Peace six weeks to return, but after participating in a three-on-three at Lakers' practice Monday, head coach Mike D'Antoni says World Peace has an 80 or 90 percent chance of playing Tuesday.

"He says he's ready," D'Antoni said at Monday's practice. "He said he was ready three days ago so he's more than ready now. But again, we'll see how he reacts to this [practice] and tomorrow morning he'll go through some more tests. If he passes those he'll play."

World Peace was injured in the Lakers' 109-103 loss to Golden State on March 25.


“It’s still extremely impressive,” teammate Kobe Bryant said of World Peace's recovery. “I call him Logan now. He’s Wolverine…Honestly, you have to be really disciplined and take care of yourself from the beginning. It’s one thing to have an injury and then try to catch up. But when you’re already there and already taking care of yourself, it makes recovery that much faster.”

World Peace has averaged 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game this season.

The Lakers (40-37) are currently a half-game behind the Jazz (41-37) for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Wednesday
Mar272013

Lakers' Metta World Peace Has Torn Meniscus

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Lakers forward Metta World Peace received an MRI exam in Minneapolis that showed a cartilage tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee, the team announced Tuesday.

"Sorry bout the injury," World Peace tweeted. "First ever knee injury. Recovery time hopefully is a week and a half."

World Peace is headed back to Los Angeles, where he will be examined Wednesday by team doctor Steve Lombardo, according to the Lakers.

The injury occurred on Monday night against the Timberwolves when World Peace strained his knee.  He was averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

Lakers Run Past Nets 92-83

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) --  The Los Angeles Lakers continued to get back on track with an impressive short-handed 92-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

The Lakers (23-26) were without starters Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, but were able to close the Nets (28-20) out down the stretch with some key plays by Kobe Bryant.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol left the game in the fourth quarter after straining the plantar fascia in his right foot.  He in scheduled to undergo an MRI Wednesday.

"It feels good to pull out a win like this, but now reality kind of sets in," Bryant said, referring to the team's third-straight win. "If Pau can't go and Dwight can't go, we have to figure some things out."

Bryant finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Steve Nash chipped in 17 points and eight assists.

Brook Lopez led the Nets in defeat with 30 points and 11 boards.

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