For the most part, Metta World Peace had been on his best behavior since starting the largest brawl in NBA history back in 2003, until his elbow heard 'round the world on April 22.

World Peace has cranked up sessions with his therapist after his disturbing elbow against James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder. "I never thought I could reach that plateau again," the former Ron Artest told ZebWeb, of the "pure excitement" he felt in that moment.

For one thing, World Peace is getting tips from his therapist on holding back his over-the-top emotion. “She’s trying to show me how to play with less passion and still be effective,” he said.

The old Artest says the NBA is "no kids" game and he's well aware of players who "Throw more elbows, than me. It doesn't feel like a game to us. It feels like life or death."

World Peace is bothered by people jumping to harsh conclusions about the situation because of his past shenanigans.

“The only issue I have is people trying to single me out, trying to tarnish what I’m trying to do in the community. They try to destroy everything I’m working for,” Artest said.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website ran the interview with World Peace, who has been part of a public partnership with the mental health department. The LA County Department of Mental Health described this elbow as a "teachable moment."

With the Nuggets' upset of the Lakers on Tuesday night, Artest could return from his suspension for game seven against Denver, or game one against the Thunder if LA should advance.

In addition to the above comments, World Peace appeared on Conan O'Brien's late night TBS show this week, addressing those who have trashed his reputation recently.

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