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PRO BASKETBALL

Lakers' Metta World Peace says he didn't expect seven-game suspension

World Peace, suspended for elbowing James Harden in the head, says he won't contact the Oklahoma City player in order to 'stay competitive.'

April 25, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan

The Lakers are desperate enough that they will recall small forward Christian Eyenga from their Development League team. Eyenga was acquired from Cleveland last month in the Ramon Sessions trade but hadn't practiced with the Lakers until Wednesday.

World Peace had experienced his best stretch of basketball in three seasons with the Lakers, recently averaging 16.3 points in the seven games Kobe Bryant sat out because of a sore left shin.

"He's been terrific ... it's shown in his play on both ends of the floor," Brown said. "Not only has he shot the ball better, he's defended better. You can see some of his athleticism has come back. He can dunk the ball better, all those things that he had trouble doing at the beginning of camp."

World Peace reported to training camp out of shape and battled a nerve condition in his lower back.

World Peace finished his podcast Wednesday by saying, "Thanks for listening. Y'all take it easy."

mike.bresnahan@latimes.com

Times staff writers Baxter Holmes and Ben Bolch and Times correspondent Melissa Rohlin contributed to this report.

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