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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  20 responses

Metta World Peace Thought About Retiring Prior to This Season


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

One of the more notable, peculiar and memorable careers in NBA history nearly came to an end last summer. Metta World Peace, formely Ron Artest, says that back pain had him seriously contemplating retirement.

A nerve doctor and a customized rehab program helped Metta stay in the League, and he has been able to bounce back from a humiliatingly bad season last year, which saw him post career-low numbers.

Per ESPN:

Before he changed his name to Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers forward was considering an even bigger life decision: retiring from the NBA. After scoring a season-high 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting in Wednesday’s 98-84 win over the San Antonio Spurs, World Peace told reporters that he was playing through a lumbar disorder in his lower back last season. The back pain, specifically affecting his L4 and L5 vertebrae, was also limiting the range of motion in his legs and feet, severely limiting his jumping ability.

“I just thought my body was maybe messed up,” World Peace said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, 15 years is a lot of years. I got two more years on my contract and I could potentially be done.’” World Peace was having trouble getting lift, even on wide-open layup attempts. “It controls your foot, the downward motion,” World Peace said. “So, if L4 and L5 is not working, or is compressed or inflamed, you might try to jump, but your foot, it’s not going to move. It’s not going to react.”

Metta World Peace’s numbers for the season are certainly not eye-popping by any measure — 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists per night, and just connecting on 39.1% of his field goal attempts — but he is shooting better this month than he has all year (14.3 points, 54.2% from the field), and he says that he is “getting in more shape every day.”

With a renewed lease on his basketball life, Metta World Peace now talks of becoming more of a leader for the Los Angeles Lakers, especially now that Derek Fisher is no longer around. Imagine that.

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  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    he played great against the Spurs though, just 1 more championship! make it happen World Peace :P

  • Jimmers

    I’m not sure how he does it but he continually makes me route for him. lol. He’s bat sh*t crazy, but I want him to succeed, lol.

  • Jimmers

    *root

  • Kobester

    Being someone who had suffered from hernia disc, I can feel Metta’s pain. Keep it up, World Peace.

  • @boweezy24

    World Peace! Ha

  • abaci

    Same here Jimmers

  • http://Germandlgd@yahoo.com GDM

    I’m glad he didn’t because we need his defense to win the chip. Also his confidence is starting to rise. No way any one beats us this year In a 7 game series.

  • Tempest

    Its cause he’s got good intentions, his hearts in the right place

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Always have been, always will be, a fan.

  • Michelle

    Just dont let him make any passes or decisions at the end of games..

  • supahotbooooooiiii

    Ive hated him ever since he joined the lakers. He’s just waaaaayyyy too hollywood now.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Love Ron Ron and what he brings to the game. And wtf does way to hollywood mean? He’s the same player his been since he came in the league. He still can get under your skin he’s just not as outwardly with it probably because he’s older and wiser.

  • Rainman

    a lumbar disorder. That makes sense, cuz he was lumbering around the court all of last year

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Michelle, you mean like letting him put back a layup for a crucial win in the playoffs? Or maybe knock down dagger 3′s that have sealed important games? I mean I understand he makes mistakes, but all players do. He is a smart, good, ball player when his mind is right.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Lakeshow with that Laker knowledge can always count ya.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Shout out to T-Ray.

  • toinefan88

    Cosign LS, you can thank RonRon for your most recent chip w/ his clutch play when Kobe ran outta gas in the deciding game. He was the mvp of game 7.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Man only one more season with us. Gonna miss dude

  • http://accountmanagerjobdescription.blogspot.co.uk account manager job description

    I don;t think he should retire, he’s my favourite player! :(

  • ken

    I can’t stand hearing them on tv calling him world peace. That is sooo stupid!

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