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May 29, 2015 Updates

It's a good thing the man formerly known as Ron Artest doesn't go by Metta World Peace on the court anymore, because he wasn't so peaceful in a recent Lega Basket Serie A playoff game. Artest World Peace The Panda's Friend currently plays for the Italian team Pallacanestro Cantu. As his team's season was in its final minutes against Umana Reyer Venezia, The Panda's Friend was involved in an on-court scuffle and eventually ejected. According to the play-by-play, his ejection came after referees whistled him for five fouls in one minute. Bleacher Report

May 27, 2015 Updates

Metta World Peace ended his season in Italy with an ejection with two minutes left in Game 5 of the quarterfinals between Reyer Venezia and Pallacanestro Cantù. Metta had something to say to Julyan Stone and when the two teams went to the bench for a timeout, the referees decided to eject the former Lakers. Fans of Venezia threw a lot of things to the bench of Cantù. Sportando

April 4, 2015 Updates

The former Ron Artest told local newspaper La Provincia he sent a message to Kobe Bryant to invite him to come to Italy. "I sent him a message. I'd like to see him playing with me in Italy" he told smiling. Sportando

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''Now, the mentality is different from when I was younger. I always had the street mentality, but when you're older you get more mature. When you play angry you can't focus. I've got five more years to have a great time, so I will be playing with a lot of fire but not anger, just passion.'' Cantu, which called signing World Peace ''the coup of the century,'' was 10th in the 16-team Lega A, with 17 games remaining. The top eight qualify for the playoffs. Cantu last won the title 34 years ago. NBA.com

His Cantu shirt bears the name The Panda's Friend. Cantu fans greeted him at Milan's Malpensa Airport with toy pandas, and chants of ''Canturini Ale'' (hooray for Cantu fans). He joined in the singing. ''The panda is a funny, loveable animal, which defends its territory well,'' World Peace said. ''It's strong but calm. It suits me perfectly. ''People who have followed my career still call me Ron and that's OK, most of the young kids call me Metta, and then everyone in China calls me Panda. In the Middle East they call me World Peace,'' he joked. NBA.com

March 26, 2015 Updates

World Peace, who said he will retire when he turns 40, said his new attitude has improved his performance on the court. "When you play angry you can't focus," he said. "I've got five more years to have a great time, so I will be playing with a lot of fire but not anger, just passion." USA Today Sports

"I always wanted to play in Europe for a long time," World Peace said. "They move the ball and they move bodies and that's what I like doing. I'm looking forward to playing team basketball and being smart as well as scoring. I can score but I'm excited about team basketball." USA Today Sports

Heading into the swansong of his career, former NBA All-Star Metta World Peace is a changed man. World Peace, who signed for Pallacanestro Cantu in a move the Italian team called "the coup of the century," is known as much for his controversies as for his on-court talent. "I had an up and down career," the 35-year-old World Peace said Thursday. "I grew up playing basketball on the streets of New York City and it was very, very rough and I started playing in the NBA in the same way. Now the mentality is different from when I was younger. I always had the street mentality, but when you're older you get more mature." USA Today Sports

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Arash Markazi: Clippers are not interested in Metta World Peace at the moment as much as I'd like them to be for entertainment purposes. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

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