Some outside of Laker land wouldn’t think that a NBA player known as much for his volatility as his game would be very good with children. Guess again.
While they aren’t exactly kids, Metta World Peace has been working unofficially with the youth of the Los Angeles Lakers this off-season, apparently impressing enough to make it official. Pending the physical, the Lakers organization has reportedly re-signed the free-agent forward to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal to play a smaller role off the bench and said to be an extension of coach Byron Scott in the locker room working with the young players, especially their top pick in 2014, PF Julius Randle in which World Peace has had a major impact on so far this summer. From a teaching perspective, his leadership and experience will be invaluable and will provide the veteran knowledge that may have been lacking in regards to playing power forward. Neither Kobe nor coach Byron Scott have the real-time playing experience at the position.
Metta World Peace played with the Lakers from 2009 to 2013 and is a favorite with the fan base for his all-out style and was a huge asset in 2010, the last year Los Angeles won the NBA Championship. He has been out of the NBA since being waived by the New York Knicks during the 2013-2014 season, last year playing in China and Italy.
He and 18 other Lakers on the current roster are set to travel to Hawaii Monday for the start of training camp.