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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 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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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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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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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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May 10, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Below is a Q&A with Lakers forward Christian Eyenga, acquired from Cleveland along with Ramon Sessions before the March 15 trading deadline. After Metta World Peace drew a seven-game suspension for elbowing Oklahoma City guard James Harden, the Lakers recalled the 22-year-old Eyenga from theD-Fenders. While there he averaged 12.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 blocks in 33 minutes through six games. On practicing with World Peace during his suspension: "He taught me a lot about defense.
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May 11, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Below are five things the Lakers lacked because of Metta World Peace's seven-game suspension. 1. Defense. Of course, World Peace would've provided better defense against Danilo Gallinari than Matt Barnes and Devin Ebanks. Gallinari's 14.6-point average came on 41.1% shooting and none of his performances played a significant factor in the Nuggets' losses. The Lakers instead missed World Peace the most on defense because of his versatility. With Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol lacking enough intensity to guard JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried, the Lakers could've opted for World Peace to stop them on a few possessions.
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April 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan first reported that the NBA wouldn't decide Monday what disciplinary measures it would give Lakers forward Metta World Peace for throwing an elbow Sunday at Oklahoma City guard James Harden. - -NBA.com's Steve Aschburner argues World Peace's suspension should correlate to how long it takes Harden to recover from a concussion. -- The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson believes it will be hard to predict Harden's return. -- USA Today's Mike Lopresti argues World Peace hasn't grown up. -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry explains how Harden is a critical piece to the Thunder's championship run. Mayberry also reports the Thunder is listing Harden as day-to-day . -- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues World Peace's strike on Harden could've been even more severe.
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May 11, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
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September 20, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As he sat on the toilet, the ideas kept popping into Metta World Peace's head. The eccentric Lakers forward says he has spent the past week preparing for his comedy act. And, well, what better way to maximize that time than when he's in the bathroom? "That's where I get most of my ideas," World Peace said in a phone interview with The Times. "That's my alone time and that's when I figure out what I'm going to do. " So what, exactly, is World Peace going to do? He's hosting "Comedy Slam Dunk" on Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., a charity driven stand-up at the Laugh Factory where World Peace will introduce comedians, including Tom Arnold, Alex Scott, Malik S and Chris D'Elia.
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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 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 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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May 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
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May 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The text message popped into Mike Brown's phone, leaving him laughing at the absurdity of it all. One of his son's friends alerted the Lakers coach about his favorite player's whereabouts on the late-night talk-show circuit. "Metta's on Conan!," Brown said, recalling the text message. "He was hilarious. " Brown had to take his son's friend on his word - he didn't bother watching World Peace's appearance Monday night on the Conan O'Brien's TBS show. Brown was too busy attending a school event where Santa Ana Mater Dei's girls and boys basketball teams were honored for winning state championships.
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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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