May 11, 2012 |
With the Lakers possibly looking at the end of a tumultuous season, there remains several signs of glimmering hope. They enter Game 7 of their first-round playoff series Saturday against the Denver Nuggets with plenty of history on their side. The Lakers haven't lost Game 7 of an NBA playoff series since the 1969 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has gone 4-1 in previous Game 7s, and helped secure Game 5 in a 2000 first-round matchup with the Sacramento Kings . The Lakers now receive a welcome addition not yet seen in the postseason: small forward Metta World Peace, who has served a seven-game suspension for throwing a vicious elbow to the head of Oklahoma City guard James Harden on April 22. There's no acclimation period for World Peace, who will start in place of second-year forward Devin Ebanks.
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.
September 24, 2012 |
In exactly one week, all the waiting will end. Steve Nash and Dwight Howard will wear the Lakers uniform for the first time. So, too will key reserve pickups in Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks. Kobe Bryant will enter a season happy about the Lakers' front office moves. Pau Gasol won't have to wonder if the Lakers will trade him. The Lakers won't have to fret about Metta World Peace being out of shape. As you can tell, there's plenty of storylines to dive into as the Lakers launch Media Day on Oct. 1 and begin training camp the next day. Will the Lakers' star-studded lineup prove enough against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat?
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...