Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  17 responses

Metta World Peace Claims He Had Become ‘Bored’ With Playing Defense

Metta World Peace finally broke out emotionally and basketball-wise during the hard-fought Lakers/Clippers game two nights ago. He says that his struggles are the result of general boredom. From the LA Times: It turns out Metta World Peace’s career-low scoring numbers have nothing to do with his poor shooting stroke. It turns out World Peace’s declining defense has nothing to do with his age (32) and decreasing lateral quickness. It turns out World Peace’s conditioning has nothing to do with arriving to training camp out of shape. It has to do with one thing and one thing only. ‘I got bored with defense because it was so easy for me to stop people over the years,’ World Peace said after Thursday’s practice. ‘I just got bored with it.’ That is, until the Lakers’ 96-91 victory Wednesday over the Clippers where he played a large part in securing the win. World Peace made late-game plays, including a three-pointer that gave the Lakers an 87-82 lead, a feed that set up an Andrew Bynum dunk and a stuff on Chris Paul in the lane. If the explanation sounds absurd, well it is. But the most unlikliest of sources agrees with World Peace’s logic. ‘It’s about finding an edge,’ Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. ‘You have to find an edge. It’s not something that’s far fetched. He’s a great defensive player. Sometimes it comes too easy. Offensively for me, things are really easy sometimes. The game feels boring. You have to find an edge. You have to find something that is going to push you.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    shoulda kept Ariza…

  • poul

    If it’s that easy, why is your FG & in the low 40′s, mr. Bryant?

  • Stainless

    he needs a new team.

  • Pais

    @poul – it’s not (.454). He’s without doubt one of the most prolific scorers of our time, number 6 on the all time scoring list. That being said, I personally think the millions of dollars you get predominantly for playing defense (Artest that is) ought to be enough motivation.

  • mick

    his d is still been better than kobe

  • pnightmare

    that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard from a guy that gets paid big bucks for his D. get serious

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    What do you expect from a dude that got bored with his own name?

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  • MaxIsNative

    Ron Artest is the NBA’s troll.

  • bike

    Well, maybe he should look for ways to make it more challenging. Like slitting his Achilles heel tendon.


    he could make it interesting, like, he could put rocks in his shoes and play games like that. or he could play in short shorts and see how long it takes for the chub rub to chafe his thighs*pause*. he could start swatting his own team-mates shots and then save them at the end of the game by scoring the game winners. shut up dude…stay in your lane and play your game. its boring…*scoffs* smh.

  • DerekG

    Cosign Wayno!

  • Jer dawg

    Got bored, huh? Well, money aside ego plays a role in it. His past attitude was poor and thus switching his mindset completely. Artest was crazy and did questionable things.
    Kobe’s crazy is different because he seems to know when not to do stupid things on the court; maybe other than take bad shots.


    Meta World My Ass

  • MLK4Life

    I miss the old pacers. Ron, jack, jo, tinsley. Tons of crazy!

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    I don’t know why this is sounds absurd, Slam – MJ got so bored with playing basketball he went and played baseball.
    I think when you have as many problems as Ron Artest had, the work you put in to getting over them ends up being far more rewarding than being on the court.

  • Justin G.

    It wasn’t that he was bored with basketball when he went to baseball. There were a number of factors. He did say sometimes though that it did become hard looking for that challenge every night. A lot of the times it came down to him knowing that there would be people in the crowd, a lot of them kids, that may be getting to see him for the first and only time and didn’t want to let them down. Now, I don’t think that can be an excuse for Artest because let’s face it…nobody but his family are coming just to see him play.