October 3, 2012 |
Moments before Metta World Peace charged toward me, he issued a stern warning. "Don't flop," the eccentric Lakers forward said. "Stand and be a man. " World Peace had just spoken for eight minutes on a number of issues surrounding the NBA's announcement that it will fine players for repeated flopping. He bemoaned the league's policy but also admitted frustration with repeat floppers. He argued referees should simply stop granting charges so liberally. "If I ran into you right now with full force, you'd probably move back a little bit first," World Peace said to me. "You're not even an NBA basketball player.
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.
October 11, 2012 |
Metta World Peace's mind keeps spinning. This time it has nothing to do with feeling confused in the Lakers' offense, lacking focus on the court or being his normally weird self. OK, the latter part isn't true. World Peace always loves to act like a goofball. World Peace seems confused this time for another reason. With Steve Nash dazzling Lakers fans with his no-look passes, crossover dribbles and quick understanding of the Lakers' offense, World Peace has trouble processing it all. "Half of the time, I don't get back on defense after we just scored," World Peace said.
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.
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.
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.
March 2, 2013 |
Metta World Peace didn't want to talk. No way. No comment. Of course, he couldn't help himself and began a 16-minute discourse on a variety of topics. First and foremost: The NBA isn't doing enough to protect Lakers teammate Dwight Howard. "Dwight gets fouled a lot intentionally. Dwight goes up, they push him in the back," World Peace said Saturday. "So I'll let you guys do your research from here on out, just monitor how Dwight gets fouled. Is it an intentional foul or not?
July 17, 2012 |
The Lakers declined to use their "amnesty" provision before Tuesday's deadline, meaning Metta World Peace can keep partying. The team could have waived him without having to pay luxury taxes on his salary, though the Lakers decided against it. World Peace, 32, has two more years and $15 million left on his contract. As per terms of the new collective-bargaining agreement, teams were allowed to cut one player who was on their roster last summer. Teams would still have to pay that player his salary but his number would not count against their cap. The Lakers still have the right to use the amnesty provision next summer.