World Peace: China or Arena football over NBA

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After the Los Angeles Lakers placed Metta World Peace on waivers Thursday, the veteran forward plans to wave goodbye to the NBA.

World Peace does not want any team to attempt to pick him up, he indicated Friday. That includes the Los Angeles Clippers, who play in the same building as the Lakers, or the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets in his hometown.

"I don't really want to play for anybody," World Peace said Friday, according to ESPN.com. "I don't want to go anywhere. I want to go to China, or coach or play arena football."

World Peace recently came back from a trip to China, sparking an interest in playing there. He said he has contacted several teams and spoken with former Houston Rockets teammate Yao Ming about his club, the Shanghai Sharks.

"You don't live twice," World Peace said. "You're not 33 twice. You won't be able to play in China at a good level again. I wouldn't be able to play in China again averaging, maybe, 40 or more points. That would be fun."

Wherever World Peace goes or whatever he does, the Lakers still own him $7.7 million next season. Other teams are able to claim him off waivers for 48 hours before he becomes a restricted free agent, giving him the freedom to sign with any team.

It will not be the Knicks or Nets.

"I had a chance to play in New York (previously)," World Peace said. "I wanted to play in New York when I was in my prime and I was young, fierce, lock-down (defender). Madison Square Garden, that would have been sick. But right now, China is way more adventurous for me."

If he is truly finished with basketball, he would like to try his hand at football.

"I'm telling you, if I have a chance to play Arena football, I'm going to do it," World Peace said. "You guys will see me there, and you're going to be writing about it."

World Peace averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds last season for the Lakers but suffered a knee injury at the end of the year that required surgery.

"I'm definitely not going to be pounding my knee now that I'm amnestied," World Peace said. "I'm not even thinking about pounding my knee right now. I'm good with just where I'm at right now."

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