[Los Angeles Times]

Back when Metta World Peace was still named Ron Artest, the always-interesting forward helped theLakers defeat the rival Boston Celtics with a big Game 7.

World Peace scored 20 points on seven-for-18 shooting, including a huge three-pointer with 1:01 left in the 2010 NBA Finals to help cement the win that clinched the Lakers’ most recent championship.

His postgame news conference was an all-time classic. His play with the Lakers through four seasons wasn’t always consistent but World Peace was a locker-room favorite among teammates and the media.

On Thursday, the Lakers made a difficult business decision, choosing to save about $15 million by waiving World Peace through the amnesty process.