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NBA: Lakers ready to give World Peace a chance, again

/ 07:29 AM September 22, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06: Metta World Peace #37 of the Los Angeles Lakers points to a teammate during the first half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 6, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP> at Staples Center on April 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers points to a teammate during the first half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 6, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. AFP

LOS ANGELES, United States — 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 Wednesday.

The 36-year-old, who played 35 games for the Lakers in 2015-2016 after returning from spells in China and Italy, told ESPN he hoped to help mentor younger team-mates in the upcoming season.

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“I’m excited about everything. I’m prepared to help the young guys grow. To play, everything,” World Peace told the network.

World Peace — formerly known as Ron Artest — will be reunited with former team-mate Luke Walton this season.

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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 spells at the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks as well as the Lakers.

He missed a record 86 games through suspension during the 2004-2005 season after climbing into the stands to brawl with fans during a Pacers-Detroit Pistons games.

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