March 12, 2013 |
ORLANDO -- Dwight Howard was saying nice things about his time with the Orlando Magic, throwing out appreciation and kindness in equal doses, when the unexpected happened. Teammate Metta World Peace hijacked his media session after the Lakers' Tuesday morning shoot-around. World Peace saw the dozens of reporters and army of TV cameras and, uh, interview-bombed the whole thing. "I've got to get some of this TV time. All these cameras," World Peace said, smiling as he fought through a crowded semicircle and sat next to Howard for a bit on the scorer's table.
October 8, 2012 |
FRESNO -- It's an ongoing challenge separating fact from fiction when it comes to Metta World Peace. The Lakers' eccentric forward has no filter and will even confirm false rumors that cast him in a bad light. Yet, World Peace always stays unpredictable. After all, hardly anyone seemed surprised when the former Ron Artest legally changed his name. That's why it's a head scratcher assessing the validity of World Peace's plans after the Lakers' 110-83 exhibition loss Sunday to the Golden State Warriors in Fresno's Save Mart Center.
April 22, 2012 |
Lakers forward Metta World Peace delivered a blow to the side of the head of Oklahoma City guard James Harden that earned him a flagrant-two foul and an immediate ejection. A suspension of one game or more is likely. World Peace, who had 12 points late in the second quarter following his third dunk of the game, pounded his chest alternately with both fists. Then, as Harden was moving toward the baseline, World Peace swung his left arm above his shoulder and struck Harden in the left side of his head, sending the Thunder guard crashing to the court.
August 24, 2012 |
Once the applause calmed down, Metta World Peace cut through the crowd of onlookers. The eccentric Lakers forward wanted to talk to former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw. The two had just shared the stage Wednesday at the Voice Awards at Paramount Studios, where both talked about how they overcame mental health issues. But their bond went beyond addressing a cause they hold dear to them on behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The two grew up together in the projects in Queensbridge, N.Y., and wanted to catch up. So among plenty of mental health experts and fans sharing well wishes, World Peace and Holdsclaw shared new phone numbers, rekindled old memories and then hugged goodbye.
May 14, 2012 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - The boos cascaded upon him when he walked onto the court for warmups. They intensified when he was introduced before the game. And they continued even when he stepped to the free-throw line with the outcome long decided. "World Peace, we hate you!" a woman sitting courtside bellowed midway through the third quarter. Oklahoma City Thunder fans reserved a special welcome for Metta World Peace on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in the opener of the team's Western Conference semifinal series against the Lakers.
August 1, 2012 |
Staring intently at his audience, Metta World Peace talked. And talked. And talked. This time, the Lakers eccentric forward wasn't bragging to a reporter about how he'll be one of the NBA's best players in the 2012-13 season. He wasn't acting goofy, as on a recent appearance on Russell Brand's “Brand X” where the two stripped and wore each other's clothes. He wasn't defiant, the way he was after earning a seven-game suspension for delivering a vicious elbow to Oklahoma City guard James Harden a week before the 2012 playoffs.
August 20, 2012 |
Raising his arms, Metta World Peace seemed ecstatic over his performance. World Peace didn't make a key defensive stop. He didn't hit a surprise three-pointer. To put it kindly, this effort paled considerably to his Game 7 performance of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. World Peace won first place in a track race in an appearance Sunday on Nick Jr.'s "Yo Gabba Gabba," featuring cartoon characters that apparently are even odder than the Lakers' eccentric forward. World Peace ran against Toodee, a "blue cat-dragon," and Mrs. Fox, who looks like just as her name suggests.
May 22, 2012 |
* Audio of Metta World Peace's full exit interview The Lakers will soon embark on a difficult challenge in which they weigh to what degree they upgrade their roster while also trimming payroll. Metta World Peace hardly showed much concern as to whether he's part of that equation even though the Lakers have the option to cut his two-year, $15-million salary through the amnesty clause. "That's something you'd have to ask them" World Peace said in his exit interview Tuesday at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo.
December 21, 2012 |
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni is experimenting with his lineup, moving Metta World Peace, who had started in the team's first 25 games, to the bench in Tuesday's win over the Charlotte Bobcats. D'Antoni's rationale is to give World Peace the team's primary minutes at power forward behind Pau Gasol. Depending on the situation, that would shift Kobe Bryant to small forward and give Jodie Meeks an opportunity to start. "I'm stronger than most power forwards in the NBA anyway, it doesn't really matter," said World Peace of the position change. "There's only a couple of power forwards that are, 'Alright, he's a real power forward.
April 24, 2012 |
-- 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.