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Lakers' Metta World Peace hasn't suspended his Twitter activity

He tweets about hosting a 'pre-playoff party' and a playoff party, keeping a high profile despite serving a seven-game suspension for elbowing Thunder's James Harden.

April 29, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • While Lakers forward Metta World Peace had to exit stage left last Sunday after he elbowed Thunder guard James Harden, he remains active in social media.
While Lakers forward Metta World Peace had to exit stage left last Sunday… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Lakers forward Metta World Peace hasn't exactly sat around and stewed while serving a seven-game suspension for elbowing Oklahoma City guard James Harden.

He hosted what he called a "pre-playoff party" late Saturday, offering 100 free movie tickets to fans who contacted him via his Twitter account.

It was a midnight showing of"Think Like a Man"at an undisclosed location, though World Peace made sure to set ground rules.

"I'm not signing autographs tonight," he wrote on Twitter. "Too many people..... I'm going to sign the movie tickets."

Sunday marked the second game he missed because of the suspension. He is allowed to practice with the team but can't be at the arena during games.

He wasn't home alone, apparently.

"Playoff party 12:30 pst If u wanna watch the game, we taking 100 fans to special location," he posted Sunday morning on Twitter.

He also included some basketball-related thoughts, claiming he sustained two concussions and a broken nose this season. The tweets were later deleted from his account.

"It's so funny .. The two concussions I got this year I never flopped or left the game ... When Marc gasol broke my nose I took it," World Peace wrote. "Me and Kobe try to practice flopping. We don't know how. We don't know how to take charges ... The last of the dead breed.

"Some of these players and a lot of over seas players would not have made it in the early 90's and 80's. I would have been a beast in the 80's."

He seemed to take responsibility for elbowing Harden in a Saturday tweet that wasn't deleted.

"I was wrong for the aggression...100% wrong!!!!! 100% at fault for my actions.....But frustrated for many reason!!! See yal at the movies!"

Welcome to L.A.

Ramon Sessions knows he's not in Cleveland any longer. Or Minnesota. Or Milwaukee.

He never sniffed a playoff game with any of those teams in his first four years in the league, rescued by the Lakers from another losing season in Cleveland on the day of the trade deadline last month.

He looked like a playoff-savvy veteran Sunday, thoroughly outplaying Denver point guard Ty Lawson in the Lakers' 103-88 victory.

Sessions had 14 points and five assists while Lawson had seven points on three-for-11 shooting and only two assists.

Advantage: Newcomer.

"I woke up [Sunday] morning just waiting on 12:30 to come," Sessions said. "It came and everything went well. I got in, got my homework done. I knew it was the playoffs, knew how serious it was."

Sessions smiles a lot while he speaks, but don't mistake friendliness with naiveté, even though he says Sunday was "way more intense" than anything he has experienced.

He's been well aware of the Lakers' championship banners since being acquired for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, a first-round pick in this year's draft and under $1 million in cash.

"The fans are spoiled, which they have a right to be," Sessions said. "It's one of those things where they win a lot of games around here. I've seen a lot more flags flying on cars now and those types of things. It's fun."

Lawson didn't have so much fun. He missed all six of his shots going into the fourth quarter and looked nothing like a player who averaged 16.4 points and 6.6 assists in the regular season.

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