Metta World Peace
Pau Gasol scored seven of his 20 points in the final 5:20 and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks 86-78 on Tuesday night.
Drew Gooden scored 23 points and the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks made sure the Lakers’ road struggles continued, beating Los Angeles 100-89 on Saturday night.
Ron Artest used to be maybe the best defender in basketball. He used to be a pretty great scorer too. But as skills tend to do, he’s slipped as he’s gotten older. At 32, that’s a pretty good excuse as to why maybe the man now known as Metta World Peace isn’t quite the ball stopper he once was.
Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit for a 96-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in another testy edition of their cross-hallway rivalry.
Marcus Thornton scored 27 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers on their home floor for the first time in six meetings on Monday night, 100-91.
Ron Artest’s bid to become Metta World Peace has been delayed.
Even one of basketball’s most hard-nosed defenders apparently has a soft and sensitive side.