Metta World Peace will turn out for the Los Angeles Lakers in the upcoming NBA season after being included on their 15-man roster.
World Peace, who made the cut at the expense of second-year guard Jabari Brown, he revealed that his main aim of the season is to lead the Lakers to NBA glory after they only won 21 out of their 82 regular season games last season, and this goal is his sole focus, with no time to celebrate his selection.
"Some would say I would feel relief and joy, but it is a flat emotion because I'm focused on one thing," World Peace told reporters. "My goals didn't change. From the first day I signed my non-guaranteed contract, I wanted to come here and try to win a championship. My goals didn't change, so there's nothing to feel."
World Peace last played for the Lakers in the 2012/13 NBA season and spent the last year with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association and Pallacanestro Cantu of the Lega Basket Serie A.
The 35-year-old said that he never stopped believing he would return to the NBA after he was waived by the New York Knicks in February 2014 and insisted that his comeback had nothing to do with luck.
"It's been interesting," he said. "[It's] the first time I've ever been in a situation where I was non-guaranteed and fighting for a spot. But I don't change as a person. I try to keep my beliefs intact and strong and enjoy the process of life.
"The only thing I can say is it's harder than people think. It wasn't easy being a vet and trying to get back in the league. It was not easy. It was like working hard all over again. So I don't want people to think that I just didn't work and somehow got lucky."
Meanwhile, World Peace revealed that he would be interested in taking up a coaching role after his NBA career comes to an end.
"It would be fun," he said. "I mean, who wouldn't want to be a coach? It's a great life."