Sep 23, 2016

    Lakers give World Peace a chance again


    METTA World Peace has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, extending his second stint at the club following his return to the franchise last season, the veteran forward said

    on Wednesday.

    The 36-year-old, who played 35 games for the Lakers in 2015-16 after returning

    from spells in China and Italy,

    told ESPN he hoped to help

    mentor younger teammates

    in the upcoming season.

    World Peace - formerly known as Ron Artest - will be reunited with former teammate Luke Walton

    this season.

    Walton, who played alongside World Peace during the Lakers' NBA finals winning team in 2010, has been hired as head coach after the franchise's 17-65 season last year.

    World Peace has enjoyed a nomadic career throughout the NBA, with other spells at Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings,

    Houston Rockets and

    New York Knicks.

    He missed 86 games via suspension in the 2004-05 season after climbing into the stands to brawl with fans at a game between the Pacers and Detroit Pistons.