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Metta World Peace to Join Girls High School Basketball Team as Assistant Coach

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Jesse ClarkContributor IJune 12, 2014

Just when you think you've seen it all with Metta World Peace, he surprises you once again.

The enigmatic NBA veteran has accomplished a lot in his 15-year career, but apparently he isn't satisfied and wants to try something new in life.

According to Matt Moore of CBS Sports, the man formerly known as Ron Artest has decided to coach high school girls basketball next year. World Peace will serve as an assistant coach for the Palisades High School girls team, led by head coach Torino Johnson.

World Peace's daughter played for the team in high school, according to Mark Cooper of the Orange County Register.

World Peace has plenty of free time on his hands after being waived by the New York Knicks last season. With a decade-and-a-half of NBA experience under his belt to go along with an NBA title and a Defensive Player of the Year award, there is no doubt he is very knowledgeable about the game of basketball and would provide a unique perspective for Johnson's squad.

However, as Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead points out, the forward might be reaching the end of his career, and might be testing the waters for a career in coaching:

Metta World Peace turns 35 in November, and his NBA career might be over. The Knicks waived him in February, and nobody picked him up for the stretch run at the end of the season. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll have any bites in July, once free agency begins.

Per's Colin Ward-Henninger, this is the team he will help coach:

World Peace has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Whether he is trying to fit in with a new organization in pursuit of a championship or trying his luck in the rap game, the former Knick has never been afraid to try something new.

Making the transition from the spotlight of the media as an NBA player to such a new position will be interesting to watch. 

Starting next season as an assistant coach with the Palisades Dolphins, World Peace will add another chapter to his incredibly interesting life.

There's no doubt many will be eager to see how he transitions and what he can accomplish in such a different role.

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