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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Finwë on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:15 pm

The guy isn't very reliable, he's trolled people in the past, but after all he is Ron's bro..

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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby gill on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:19 pm

I thought Nash fits right into the TPE from LO trade? :man3:
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby kray28 on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:21 pm

Daniel Artest doesn't know what he's talking about. The Lakers have 3-4 open roster spots with the following players most likely gone:

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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby khmrP on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:22 pm

gill wrote:I thought Nash fits right into the TPE from LO trade? :man3:


he does and Daniel Artest is a MORON.....I hope you reading this too Daniel, you're an idiot and an embarrasement to your brother.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Lakers_323 on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:24 pm

Ron seems like a obvious choice. However, i still think Pau is gonna go get traded for younger and cheaper pieces to help the Lakers fill their bench void.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby kray28 on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:29 pm

I don't want Ron gone....guy still has good ball left to play. When he wants to be, he can still be the best defender on the floor.

He's the funniest and most entertaining personality on the Lakers...in a good way too.

My son really likes him too.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby TIME on Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:59 pm

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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Punk-101 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:02 pm

Thanks.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby gcclaker on Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:05 pm

From the last account, he looks to be seriously gearing for the upcoming season instead of downing martinis. That and no lingering injuries to rehab? It sounds promising. Seriously, if he can get it gear like he did during the latter part of 2012 he can do some damage. Keep the weight off, tune up the muscles and minimize the off the court distractions. He's the ONE teammate that 24 already cited he could count on to equal his intensity and focus. Well...maybe he can add that Canadian that recently came on board.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Whatthef? on Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:14 pm

Artest could be a good bench mob leader if Ebanks can step up and win the starting job or the Lakers trade for Jamison. Otherwise they should amnesty him and sign G. Hill and Barnes.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:17 pm

Whatthef? wrote:Artest could be a good bench mob leader if Ebanks can step up and win the starting job or the Lakers trade for Jamison. Otherwise they should amnesty him and sign G. Hill and Barnes.

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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Finwë on Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:28 pm

There was a pic of him shooting shots and Jim Buss was rebounding for him. I'll try to dig it up. Pretty cool.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Finwë on Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:34 pm

Finwë wrote:There was a pic of him shooting shots and Jim Buss was rebounding for him. I'll try to dig it up. Pretty cool.

Found it:
@DuranSports: that's great “@DailyNewsVinny: That's Laker V.P. Jim Buss rebounding for World Peace pic.twitter.com/iTjdTcgz”

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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby therealdeal on Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:35 pm

Wow that's kind of awesome actually. I wasn't ever as down on Buss as a lot of people, but I like that picture a lot.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Azndude2190 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:29 pm

The Lakers would be idiots if they traded away MWP for nothing. He's still the best defender in this league IMO and you need him to matchup with Durant and LBJ.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Helljumper on Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:36 pm

Well we don't have to worry about trading MWP because he's still an elite player in the game. Unless Miami offers Lebron or OKC offers Durant, it's going to be hard to find a trade that gives us back equal value for Metta. He's still dope. Everyone's just trying to cover up the fact that he's still a real player.

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Re: Duran

Postby JUST-MING on Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:04 pm

Finwë wrote:
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I now have a higher opinion of Jim Buss.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Ariza3 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:06 pm

metta finally got his nerve thing healthy and was in shape and he was balling! that dunk on harden was legit!...minus the elbow which overshadowed it lol

I think this season work Nash hell be awesome for us and a really good defender as usual. I can count on him to show up every game as long as he remains healthy. only laker I consistently see pics of him working out and shooting in the gym.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby kobe_008 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:58 pm

:jam2: yup he is still a baller
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Battle Tested20 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:44 pm

That really is awesome of Jim and a great picture!
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby JSM on Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:29 am

Mark Medina of the LA Times wrote:Wide-open on a fast-break, it appeared nothing could stop Metta World Peace.

Hardly any defenders stood nearby. He hadn’t dribbled the ball aimlessly, a sequence that in the past made such a play appear as if the Lakers’ forward became a bull in a china shop. The rim remained the only object that could stop World Peace.

Somehow it did. World Peace went up for the dunk, but missed because he couldn’t reach the rim. That third quarter play epitomized all too well the Lakers' embarrassment in their 122-86 Game 4 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2010 Western Conference semifinals. But for World Peace, it gave him a clear indication that his NBA career would soon end.

“I figured it would be once my contract is up [after the 2013-14 season],” World Peace told The Times in an interview after a workout at UCLA. “I thought I would be on the decline.”

It’s debatable whether that’s still happening. His 7.7 points per game average on 39.4% shooting last season marked a career-low in his 14-year career. The Lakers have found it nearly impossible to trade the team’s eccentric, unpredictable forward and his two-year, $15-million contract.

World Peace lauded Steve Nash’s arrival, describing the elite guard with plaudits on his smarts (“One of the more intelligent players on the team”) demeanor (“He has a mean streak”) and his career 42% mark from three point range (“He can hit big shots.”). But World Peace conceded the obvious that he will have to “sacrifice” and find ways to be effective when he probably will be the last offensive option.

Yet, the Lakers declined to use their “amnesty” provision before Tuesday’s deadline, a tool that most likely would have resulted in World Peace’s dismissal. His agent, David Bauman, recently told The Times he sensed in conversations with General Manager Mitch Kupchak that it was a strong possibility that would happen until World Peace averaged 14.07 points per game through April. At that point, World Peace had finally rid himself of the excess weight he carried into training camp. He also had fully rehabbed from a nerve issue in his back that the Lakers training staff found, an issue World Peace retroactively realized had been bothering his back and legs “for years.”

“Last year I started to dunk the ball, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg,” World Peace said. “I wasn’t even peaking. That was only the tip. That was only a little taste of what I could do.”

So what are you envisioning now?

World Peace paused a few seconds before blurting out, “Wow,” World Peace said. “Just to be one of the best again.”

The best on defense?

“No,” World Peace answered. “The best in the league.”

Before the obvious rebuttal comes, World Peace brings up how he’s capable of replicating his 2003-04 season in Indiana, when he won defensive player of the year honors and averaged 18.3 points per game. He mentions how his current weight (255 pounds) marks a stark difference from when he entered training camp last season (270) because his back issue allows him to train extensively. Even though he practiced with Tuesday a handful of D-League and high school players, World Peace says the conditioning drills show he will be more effective next season.

“I’m getting to the basket any time I want,” World Peace said. “I couldn’t do that for years. I would miss layups. I missed so many layups. It was ridiculous. I’d be right under the basket and I can’t jump. Then I’d get blocked and miss a layup. Then I’m trying to pray for a foul. But later in the season, I was able to get it and dunk.”

But that’s when everything came crashing down.

His highlight of averaging 16.8 points during Kobe Bryant’s seven-game absence because of a shin injury soon went to waste. On April 22, World Peace admitted feeling angry over supposed “disrespect” Oklahoma City Thunder players had given him about his game. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins swiped at his nose. World Peace said he also took offense to them calling Pau Gasol “soft.” So when World Peace threw down his third dunk of the game with 1:39 remaining in the second quarter, he admitted his emotions soon spiraled out of control. He clocked James Harden with a vicious elbow. World Peace earned a seven-game suspension. And he invited criticism that his efforts in rehabbing his image and supporting mental health charities went to waste.

"It was a unique situation how we wound up in the same spot at the same time,” World Peace said regarding Harden. “But at the same time, I was so amped up that game. I was so amped up because now I have a chance to compete against the Kevin Durants and Carmelo Anthonys again. I couldn’t do that for years. I couldn’t do that because my body didn’t let me. Now I can say I’m on this floor and I’m going to bust whoever is in front of me. I can say it again. That’s a beautiful feeling.”

As far as World Peace finding a proper balance, he kept reiterating the advice his psychologist, Dr. Santhi Periasam, gave him after the suspension.

“She said, 'Ronny, relax,' ” World Peace said referring to his former name, Ron Artest. “ 'Just play. Don’t worry about it. Just play. You’re back and let the game come to you.' ”

Despite World Peace’s proclamations, it remains to be seen whether that will translate into next season.

He said he trained frequently at the Lakers’ facility, played in two Drew League games and worked out at Nash’s gym in Victoria, Canada. Yet, World Peace’s Twitter account reveals he also vacationed in Vancouver, hung out at various nightclubs and hosted a family get-together in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, World Peace said he filmed three different movies and a workout DVD.

Despite his psychologist's advice, World Peace acknowledged his ongoing struggle in ensuring his emotions don’t boil over.

But one thing’s clear: World Peace shows lots of confidence because of a healed back.

“I’m too good,” he said. “If you’re going to trade me, you may as well get LeBron [James] or Kevin Durant. Go get somebody. That’s what I was thinking from the people talking in the media. If it’s not for Dwyane Wade, it doesn’t make sense. I’m too good.”
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Lakerjones on Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:40 am

^^^ Nice read. I love Ron Ron the player and the person. He's a nut, but a good one.
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby jbiggs on Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:28 am

i agree^^
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby BDG on Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:47 am

My opinion of Jim Buss is growing slowly in these past couple months ...
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Re: Metta World Peace Discussion

Postby Ariza3 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:07 pm

Hope hell backup all this talk and really show us what we saw up until the suspension. He was playing very well and I hope with Nash hell shine even more every night. If what he's saying he can do is true...I'm very excited. I wanna see him succeed...as it also makes our team succeed. I'm glad we didn't get rid of him...he's still a elite defender and really gives our team that edge. Who wouldnt be afraid of him...

As crazy and erratic as he is...we need that from somebody on our team. Hope he balls all out next season
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