May 12, 2012 |
Once the clock hits 7:30 Saturday night it will mark Metta World Peace's return to the court in Game 7 of the Lakers-Nuggets series, the first game he's played in 20 days after serving a seven-game suspension for throwing a vicious elbow at Oklahoma City guard James Harden. As he sat down before a handful of reporters at the Lakers' practice facility after morning shootaround Saturday, World Peace hardly sounded anxious about his return. "I don't like to rush the time," World Peace said.
May 30, 2012 |
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.
April 23, 2012 |
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.
May 23, 2012 |
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...
December 25, 2012 |
On Christmas Eve, Metta World Peace launched the first episode of his original Web show "Metta World Therapy" for The NOC, one of YouTube's "original sports channels. " The Lakers forward sits down to talk with "kid therapists to talk out big issues. " In the program's debut, World Peace admits he's under a lot of pressure and asks for help. His advisors suggest techniques to alleviate the Lakers forward's anxiety; one young lady suggested he dig up earthworms during halftime.
July 30, 2012 |
*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.