Ron Artest returns, will play in new 3-on-3 league next year

Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest reacts during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Metta World Peace is getting back on the basketball court — as Ron Artest.

The former NBA star will play next year in the Big3 under his original name, the 3-on-3 league announced Monday.

Allen Iverson will also return as coach of 3's Company in entertainer Ice Cube's league of ex-NBA players.

The volatile Artest legally changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011, a year after winning an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 2004 Defensive Player of the Year will be a co-captain of the Killer 3s, a team that includes Chauncey Billups and Stephen Jackson.

All three teammates were suspended for their roles in the November 2004 brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills during a game between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. Artest received the heftiest suspension, 86 games, while Jackson was benched for 30 games and Billups for one.

Former Pacers Jermaine O'Neal and Al Harrington and former Ball State star Bonzi Wells have also played in the league.

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