Metta World Peace joins Big 3

April 11, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (37) reacts with forward Julius Randle (30) after coming to the bench against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Metta World Peace has decided to join the Big 3, teaming up with fellow former NBA players Stephen Jackson and Chauncey Billups on the Killer 3’s. World Peace and Jackson played together with the Indiana Pacers and were both infamously participants during the infamous “Malice at the Palace” brawl that took place in November 2004.

The 38-year-old last played in the NBA last season, when he took the floor 25 times and made two starts for the Los Angeles Lakers. In those contests, World Peace averaged 2.3 points over 6.4 minutes per game while shooting a paltry 27.9 percent from the floor. The Queensbridge, New York native, who played his collegiate basketball at St. John’s University, was originally selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round (16th pick overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft.

World Peace spent two-plus years with the Bulls before being traded to the Pacers during the 2001-02 campaign. In 2003-04, he made his one and only All-Star team after registering 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game while making 42.1 percent of his field-goal attempts, 31 percent of his three-point tries and 73.3 percent of his free throws.

World Peace was then dealt to the Sacramento Kings midway through the 2005-06 campaign and resided with the Kings for two-and-a-half years before being traded again, this time to the Houston Rockets during the summer of 2009. He spent one year with the Rockets and then proceeded to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency and won a championship with Kobe Bryant and company the following season.

World Peace had two stints in Los Angeles, as he played one year with the New York Knicks in 2013-14 before returning to the Lakers in 2015-16.

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