Metta World Peace wants to extend career to 20 years
The NBA’s regular season kicks off in two weeks time and its teams have been playing in preseason games and finalizing their rosters.
One of them are the Los Angeles Lakers who will soon need to cut some players in order to comply with the maximum of 15 allowed by the league.
One of the players not expected to make the team’s lineup beyond the series of exhibition games is 17-year veteran, Metta World Peace. But when asked by Mark Medina of the OC Register about the possibility of being cut, the player formerly known as Ron Artest did not appear too concerned about it and spoke confidently on his abilities as a player which he thinks can make him play professionally for 20 years.
“I want to finish off strong, it’s not about what it will mean to me. It’s about, ‘Can I get there?”
“My concern is having a good time. There’s nothing to overcome, I’m a hell of a basketball player. That’s the hard part, becoming a good basketball player. Once you do that, you don’t have to worry about nothing else.”
With the Lakers being one of the youngest teams in the league, it’s one of those rare situations where his advanced age of 36-years plays to his advantage. His experience also makes him more indispensable to the coaching staff, led by Luke Walton.
He may not contribute much on the court and may even see very limited playing time should he make the final roster, but the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year can share his knowledge of the game to speed up the development of the the team’s young guns, and help bring back the franchise’s winning ways.