Metta World Peace stood in front of his locker and answered every question. He and his Lakers squad had just been pummeled 119-90 by Oklahoma City less than an hour before, and he didn’t play particularly well.
Despite that, World Peace listened to everything media members threw at him. Everything from Elbow Gate to what he thinks of Oklahoma City was put to him. His responses may been all over the place, but he answered them all and more.
“Oklahoma City has some of the best fans in the NBA,” World Peace said. “They took on a team that needed shelter from New Orleans that was struggling at the time. And they welcomed the Hornets. They deserved their own franchise and they got the team from Seattle. They were able to support their team and pay the players. So obviously, they love basketball.”
In only his second game back after serving a seven-game suspension for his elbow to James Harden’s head, World Peace was booed by 18,000 fans every time he touched the ball.
But the 12-year veteran wasn’t bothered by the reaction. It was something he expected and seemingly fed off of it early on.
“That’s their fans,” World Peace said. “They are not Laker fans. They have great fans. Good looking women. What am I going to say. They had great looking women in the stands booing. I was like, ‘Wow! You are all beautiful.’”
When World Peace was known as Ron Artest, he went through much tougher times in his career. As a member of the Pacers, he caused an all-out brawl in Detroit that spilled over into the fans. He was suspended the rest of the season.
Because of that and several other incidents, World Peace has allowed himself to be labeled dirty, crazy and unpredictable by NBA fans and media members. It also has taken away from just how good of a player he is.