Metta World Peace has contributed a lot to culture and the NBA. Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 NBA Draft, World Peace played for six different team averaging 13 points a game, winning a championship ring, earning multiple NBA All-Defensive First Team honor and has the distincion of having a unique defensive stance.
No seriously, that patented stance may be as recognizable to hoops junkies as the Heisman Trophy award stance is to the football faithful. Some may say it is Metta being Metta, but honestly in a day and age where everybody is a brand, it’s cool to see a guy from the borough of Queens just be himself.
Shoutout to Queensbrige! Right Craig Sager?
World Peace signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. At 10-12, the Lakers are off to an exciting start. Los Angeles, hired Luke Walton as their coach, drafted Brandon Ingram in the offseason and has tapped point guard D’Angelo Russell as the new face of their franchise following the retirement of Kobe Bryant.
World Peace, 37, is a veteran presence for that young Lakers team that also boasts young talent in Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and Timofey Mosgov. “Right now for the Lakers it’s about growing,” World Peace told me by phone last week.
“Right now it’s about having fun and that’s what they’re doing right now, having a lot of fun.”
World Peace is the surely the dean, principal and student of having fun; his personality embodies it. Just last week, he was the focus of a new short-form mockumentary called The 5th quarter by go90. In a heartwarming episode, titled, “Sylvester,” World Peace who plays himself connects with ten-year-old Sylvester Bass who is blind. Bass got the chance to watch his first – and possibly only – basketball game in-between two risky eye surgeries.
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