Metta World Peace Doesn’t Have Time For Your Blurry Vision
The greatest gift that anybody who has to watch the Lakers play basketball on a regular basis could be given is Metta World Peace. The former NBA Defensive Player of the Year started on Tuesday night for the Lakers in place of Kobe Bryant, who coach Byron Scott decided to rest.
Before his first start of the season - and his first since the 2013-2014 season when he last played in the NBA for the New York Knicks - the quirky and manically competitive World Peace was revealed to be just as enigmatic as ever.
Here's teammate Nick Young, also known for his larger-than-life personality, telling Serena Winters about World Peace's on court advice for Lakers rookie Larry Nance Jr. when he lost his contact in the middle of a game.
To be fair, it is totally reasonable to believe that Metta World Peace would and perhaps has played with just one contact in. And having played for the Lakers for four seasons from 2009-2013, the organization knew what they were getting when they brought him back to the roster. He is an extremely accomplished veteran, and unlike Bryant, has a way of demanding respect from his younger teammates without beating them over the head with his work ethic.
Perhaps "eff that eye" isn't just something that he spouted off to a young rookie. It's an approach to the game; play hard no matter what and make no excuses.
Or... he could've just been saying "eff that eye" because he didn't care and it's a hilarious thing to say. Either way, I'm just super glad to have him back.