Metta World Peace: that’s a great thing to play for former players

metta-world-peaceMetta World Peace left his mark on the NBA and is now busy doing other things. Things like coaching kids at the Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles.

Speaking with TMZ, former LA Lakers star said he was the assistant coach for his son’s team, and an assistant coach for the girls’ team as well.

World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, admitted that coaching girls’ high-school basketball is fun.

“It’s good, I like coaching them. They do a good job,” Peace said. “They’re smart. Smarter than the boys.”

Former NBA star was asked what it is like when a former NBA player is coaching kids on a high-school level.

“Everybody needs that type of coach on their way to professional basketball or college,” Peace said. “And I’ve played for former players-turned-coaches, like Phil Jackson, he coached us. Rick Carlisle, Isiah Thomas.”

“That’s a great thing, to play for former players,” he noted.

Peace played 15 seasons in the NBA, for Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers and NY Knicks.

In 2003-04 he won the Defensive Player of the Year award and was named to the All-Star team. In 2010 Peace won the NBA Championship with the LA Lakers. Peace played a total of 931 NBA games (started 833), averaging 13.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.8 spg in 33 mpg.

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