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.
July 10, 2012 |
The so-called July moratorium ends today, allowing NBA teams on Wednesday to officially sign free agents and comment on transactions. For the Lakers, that means they can finally acknowledge Steve Nash's acquisition. But there's another important note that coincides with making such a move official. That involves whether the Lakers will decide to waive a player using the amnesty clause. In Monopoly terms, it's almost a "get out of jail free" card. From July 11 to 17, teams that didn't exercise the provision last season can waive a player who meets certain contract criteria.
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.
September 26, 2012 |
Over and over again, Lakers forward Metta World Peace kept bullying his way into the post. He moved quickly. He positioned himself using his solid frame. He caught the entry passes and threw a medicine ball in the basket with purpose. Throughout the whole routine, Lakers assistant coach Darvin Ham instructed World Peace on how to better angle himself in the post. World Peace's workout last week at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo appeared nothing more than what you'd normally see just before training camp starts.
September 20, 2012 |
Talk about the Lakers surpassing the Chicago Bulls' record-setting 72 wins from the 1995-96 season pops up nearly every year. It then quickly evaporates, either through the media losing interest or the team avoiding the topic. But with the Lakers boasting four future Hall of Famers in their starting lineup, such talk has emerged again. It's come from none other than the unpredictable Metta World Peace. In seasons past, the Lakers either quietly talked about this goal or shied away from it completely.
November 6, 2012 |
Metta World Peace will get minutes at shooting guard, Lakers Coach Mike Brown said. "That's going to be my second unit," said Brown. "Metta will be the two, [Antawn] Jamison is the three, [Jordan] Hill is the four and [Dwight] Howard or Pau [Gasol] is going to be the five. " Brown experimented on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons with a lineup featuring Howard at center and Darius Morris running the point along with Hill, Jamison and World Peace. In their second-quarter run of about three minutes, the group was able to extend the Lakers' lead from 18 to 21. Devin Ebanks will remain in the rotation at shooting guard and small forward, as Brown looks for minutes to rest both Kobe Bryant and World Peace. For now, Jodie Meeks and veteran Chris Duhon, are unlikely to get significant minutes.
May 6, 2012 |
Just when it appeared as if the Lakers controlled the first-round series against Denver, the momentum quickly shifted. Andrew Bynum stopped trying. Kobe Bryant couldn't produce 30-point plus performances. The Lakers' couldn't control Denver's speed. The Lakers didn't take advantage of their size. Some Laker fans, at least the ones who tweeted or emailed me, surmised that this sudden change reflects some devious plan the Purple & Gold concocted. By extending the Lakers' first-round series against Denver, Metta World Peace would miss fewer games in the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City, assuming the Lakers make it that far. Here's the latest formula.
April 22, 2012 |
In sheer emotion and rage, Lakers forward Metta World Peace swung his arms violently. He had just thrown down his third dunk of the game late in the first half, and the 18,997 fans at Staples Center erupted with joy. No one looked more elated than World Peace, who pounded his right fist on his chest. He then cocked his arm back and swung an elbow at Oklahoma City forward James Harden. Harden fell to the ground clutching his ear. Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka went toward World Peace, who squared up and appeared ready to defend himself.
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.