DENVER--As if George Karl needed another reason to loathe the Lakers.
The self-styled Lakers hater watched video of Metta World Peace smacking Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried in the mouth Monday and came away with a fairly straightforward review: two thumbs down.
“I saw it on film and I thought it was — whatever the word is — premeditated,” Karl said Friday about a play toward the end of the third quarter in which no foul was called.
The NBA seemed to agree, retroactively assessing World Peace a flagrant 2 foul on Thursday. If the league office needed more evidence, it could always check with Faried.