The Los Angeles Lakers have already made up their full roster for the upcoming NBA 2015-2016 regular season.
Making the cut is Metta World Peace. During his four-year stint with the Lakers, Peace helped the franchise in nabbing the Larry O’Brien trophy against the Boston Celtics during the 2010 NBA Finals.
SophomoreThe 53-year-old Sophomore coach coach Byron Scott was quoted in ESPN, “I think Metta is the type of guy that can keep everybody together as well.”
The former NBA champion who also made his mark in the hard court as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers from 1983 – 1993, however, revealed that it was a “very, very, very…difficult decision” to let go of 22-year-old guard Jabari Brown. They hanged on to the piece of “Laker” history with World Peace.
“It was probably the most difficult cut that I’ve ever had to make,” Scott revealed.
The ballplayer, who was once named Ron Artest, exhibited his veteran presence during boot camp as he mentored 2014’s No. 7 pick Julius Randle which sat well with the Lakers’ management.
World Peace, who made two trips halfway across the globe to continue his basketball career, last played in Italy for professional ball club Pallacanestro Cantù in 2015 and in China for Chinese Basketball Association affiliated Sichuan Blue Whales in 2014.
The last time the athlete who possessed a larger than life character played in the NBA was with the New York Knicks in the 2013 – 20-14 season wherein he was given limited playing time.
The veteran, however, was deadly serious in his NBA return as he mentioned in Los Angeles Times.
“It is a flat emotion because I’m focusing on one thing,” World Peace said referencing his addition to the 15-man squad.
World Peace has put on the celebratory brakes as he aspires to win a championship for the purple and gold. It was despite having signed only a non-guaranteed contract.
The Lakers for the upcoming season is comprised of a young core of players with the aforementioned Randle, Jordan Clarkson and 2015 No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell. Joining them will be the returning Kobe Bryant and newly-singed veterans Lou Williams and Roy Hibbert.
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