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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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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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