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May 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The thing that makes Metta World Peace so endearing is his transparent personality. He revels in sharing what's on his mind, no matter how goofy he sounds. Even when he's away from the cameras, World Peace remains the same approachable and down-to-earth person. And most importantly, World Peace talks openly about his vulnerabilities with mental health issues in hopes that it helps others. Yes, World Peace occasionally stumbles. His vicious elbow to Oklahoma City guard James Harden earned him a seven-game suspension and there was no justification for it. But in covering him for the last 2 1/2 seasons, it's easy to sense his conflicted emotions.
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March 17, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Metta World Peace had his contract bought out by the New York Knicks last month, at his request, because they wouldn't let him lead, not because he was spending a lot of time on the bench. That is what the former Lakers forward told the New York Post on Sunday. “I didn't mind playing any role, but I didn't see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,” World Peace said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance.
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April 23, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Within a five-second span, Metta World Peace threw everything away. His vicious elbow didn't just damage Oklahoma City forward James Harden. It damaged World Peace's reputation. His ensuing ejection didn't just hang the Lakers out to dry as they somehow managed to escape with a 114-106 double-overtime victory Sunday over the Oklahoma City Thunder. It left them wondering if they can win without him, since World Peace probably will draw a lengthy suspension. And his apology afterward that it was an "unintentional elbow" isn't just laughable because the Lakers' public relations staff refused to allow him to take follow-up questions.
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February 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The New York Knicks have waived former Lakers forward Metta World Peace, along with guard Beno Udrih. "We are disappointed that it did not work out for Beno and Metta here in New York," Knicks President and General Manager Steve Mills said in a statement.  "We thank them for their contributions this season and wish them well. " THANKS NYC for having me. Just signed my papers for waiver from my favorite team as a kid, The Knicks. This video's 4u http://t.co/ZsLBqH5U5R - Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace)
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May 23, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the first in a series of posts grading the Lakers on their efforts in the 2012 NBA playoffs Player: Metta World Peace How he performed in the postseason: Averaged 11.7 points per game on 36.7% shooting in 39.3 minutes through six contests.  The Good: When he wasn't arranging fan gatherings to watch the Lakers' playoff games during his seven-game suspension, World Peace did something that he failed to do...
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July 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
*We will have a live chat at 2:30 p.m. to talk about the London Olympics, the Lakers and, of course, Dwight Howard! Metta World Peace appeared on a talk show, so that means he took his clothes off. It's almost customary for the Lakers forward to do this. Even before he could sit down, World Peace famously walked onto the set of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" wearing only boxer briefs. So it should come as no surprise that World Peace swapped clothes with English comedian Russell Brand, host of "BrandX," aired on FX Networks.
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May 17, 2012 | By Mark Medina
When it comes to sequels, rarely do they come out as compelling as the original. Oh, there are some exceptions. Godfather II, Terminator II, Empire Strikes Back and Dark Knight come to mind. But they are not the rule. The same case applies to the chippiness between Lakers forward Metta World Peace and Thunder guard James Harden. Of course it's a good thing nothing has topped World Peace's vicious elbow on April 22 that gave Harden a concussion and led to a seven-game suspension for World Peace.
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March 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Metta World Peace proudly brags about his hometown of Queensbridge, N.Y. So much so that he even asked TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager to say "Queensbridge" after a post-game interview. But during the Lakers' film session on Saturday, World Peace mimicked what many Angelenos do when it's not a perfect beach-weather day. They freak out. And in World Peace's case, well Pau Gasol's explanation via Twitter explains it all. "How about @MettaWorldPeace jacket!?!" Gasol tweeted . "He was cold and he put it on for a video session!
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September 17, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The video's opening scene features a rapper performing on stage, inspiring the crowd to wave their hands in the air. The video then cuts to frequent shots of drinking, dancing and women scantily clad. On and on it goes, just like the other countless hip-hop music videos already have shown. Yet, when this 10-minute video features Lakers forward Metta World Peace, it boasts even more head-scratching moments. Per Times policy, it's not appropriate to embed the video on this post since it features plenty of suggestive lyrics and images.
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February 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the fourth in a series of posts awarding midseason grades to some members of the Lakers. Player: Metta World Peace How he performed: Averaging a career-low 4.9 points per game on 33.5% shooting and 23.9% from three-point range. Synergy Sports Technology ranks him 137th overall in total defense. Good: The Lakers' 96-91 victory Jan. 25 against the Clippers provided everything the purple and gold want in World Peace. He tangled with Blake Griffin for a loose ball and made two steals.
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February 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The New York Knicks were reportedly working on a buyout of Metta World Peace's contract Saturday. But there was nothing even the notorious Knicks public relations machine could do about the tweets of Daniel Artest , World Peace's brother. Among the highlights: "Ron wanted to be a knick his entire career and his dream became a nightmare. Knicks need an overhaul. Top to bottom. "Well. At least I got some nice knick gear. " "I'm not threatening [owner Jim ] Dolan on twitter tho. Lol. Some fan is locked up for that.
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February 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Still scraping by New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace , giving dental tips on Twitter: "when the dr. says u have tartar, its [sic] not a good thing. its not like 'tuna tartare.' its crunched up white stuff. " Speed demon Phoenix Suns backup guard Ish Smith , after he scored 15 points on seven-for-nine shooting to go with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots in a rout of the San Antonio Spurs: "I'm like Ricky Bobby . I just want to go fast.
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February 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Throw-ins? Almost as quickly as you could say "Blake Mamba," the seldom-used duo acquired from Golden State for Steve Blake erupted for a combined 29 points in the Lakers' 101-92 victory Friday night over Boston. Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks had averaged only 4.9 points combined this season before Bazemore scored 15 and Brooks had 14 against the Celtics. But can they do this consistently? "If you can do it once, you can do it twice," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Saturday.
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February 14, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Ron Artest's fighting days apparently died with his birth name. Meet Metta World Peace, a man who prefers teaching children about love over punching players and fans. In honor of Valentine's Day, the former Laker and current New York Knicks forward has released his second children's book, "Metta's World Peace and Love Stories. " "This book is a simple way to interact with your child, nephew, niece, younger siblings and instill at a young age the importance of love and family togetherness," World Peace said in a statement.  The book can be purchsed at mettaworldpeace.com and is also available on Amazon Kindle for $3.99.
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November 30, 2013
Sweet nothings New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace , on what lured him to make Madison Square Garden home: "I honestly didn't even know who the coach was when I was coming to New York. I just wanted to win a championship; I didn't even know who was coaching. I didn't care. It could have been Aunt Jemima. They could have had the syrup coaching. I was coming here regardless. " Moving quickly Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol , on his recovery from a sprained knee ligament: "They try to give me a week [count before returning]
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November 29, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
Maybe it's a good thing Metta World Peace didn't know exactly what he was getting into when he signed with the New York Knicks in the off-season. The former Lakers forward told ESPN this week that he didn't even know who the Knicks' coach was when he signed with the team. With the Clippers extending the Knicks' losing streak to seven games Wednesday, World Peace might not want to get too used to the idea of Mike Woodson being the team's coach. "I honestly didn't even know who the coach was when I was coming to New York," World Peace said.
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April 23, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights all the varying story lines surrounding the Lakers' 114-106 double overtime win Sunday over the Oklahoma City Thunder, including Metta World Peace's ejection for elbowing Oklahoma City guard James Harden. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how the Lakers overcame an 18-point deficit. -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry documents Oklahoma City's unraveling. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details how some surprise reserves helped the Lakers' second-half rally.
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April 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Wrong place, wrong time. With three days to think things over and see plenty of replays, Lakers forward Metta World Peace viewed his elblow on Oklahoma City guard James Harden as nothing more than cosmic forces suddenly creating chaos. "It was bad timing for me and then, physically, it was bad timing for Mr. Harden," World Peace said Wednesday at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. "Who can write up a left-hand dunk and then all of the sudden somebody is right behind you?
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November 16, 2013 | Josh Gajewski
They often arrived, especially at first, with a certain swagger. Two Lakers, a Boston Celtic and, once, an entire pro team from China. On the sidewalk, passersby sometimes stopped to peer through the windows of the Marina del Rey studio, as if looking into an aquarium of really big fish: hulking professional basketball players in a studio with pink ceilings and wallpaper, doing ... wait, is that ... Pilates? Well, sort of. "I don't think Pilates is supposed to have yelling and hip-hop," one passerby said recently to her companion.
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October 31, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Your browser does not support iframes. Metta World Peace is anything but conventional, so it should come as no surprise that to get to his first Knicks game, he took a form of transportation that's atypical of most millionaire NBA stars. World Peace rode the subway to his team's home opener on Wednesday. The F train to be exact. The Queensbridge native used to ride that train when he was a child dreaming of playing for the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. After he was amnestied by the Lakers and picked up by the Knicks, World Peace decided to bring things full circle.  "This is something I've always wanted to do," he told Newsday .  World Peace boarded the train on 21st Street and 41st Avenue, an intersection that borders the housing projects where he was raised.
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