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Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  63 responses

Metta World Peace Won’t Shake James Harden’s Hand


Don’t expect any sort of peace accord between Metta, James Harden and his teammates when the highly-anticipated Lakers/Thunder Second Round series tips off tonight in OKC. Hostility on the other hand? Oh yes, there will be plenty of that. From the LA Daily News: “It didn’t take long for World Peace to fire the opening salvo late Saturday, when he said he wouldn’t shake Harden’s hand or acknowledge his presence whenever he enters the game because, as he said, ‘I don’t shake substitutes’ hands.’ … ‘My concern is executing the coach’s game plan,’ he added. World Peace then went on to criticize some of the Thunder players for refusing to engage in the customary pregame ritual of a handshake, a fist pound or a hug and a slap on the back. He said center Kendrick Perkins refuses to engage, going back several years. ‘I used to go and shake hands,’ World Peace said when pressed for details. ‘I’ve been playing against Kendrick forever. Kendrick will never shake your hand, so I’d have to go and find Kendrick and shake his hand. In Boston (when Perkins was with the Celtics during the 2010 NBA Finals), every game I’d have to go to him and say, `Hey,’ and then tap him on the butt. He don’t touch my hand. But I’m getting tired of making that walk.’ World Peace said he wasn’t worried about the reception he’s bound to receive tonight from Oklahoma City’s fans. Kobe Bryant acknowledged it and said it might be something the Lakers need to get past in order to play their game. ‘It’s going to be intense,’ Bryant predicted. ‘The crowd is obviously going to have a field day with that. I’m sure their players will generate some type of energy from it. For us, we’ve just got to keep our poise and do what we do.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Why should he?…

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    prediction: harden goes off in this series

  • tomttom

    This is stupid. ESPN stooped down here but i didn’t think SLAM would go for the inflammatory headline angle. You know what he means, he goes out and shakes starters hands, seen as Harden doesn’t start he’s not going to make any special gesture. And why should he, he apologised, served his susp. and it’s done. Let’s play basketball.

  • L Dribble

    ‘I don’t shake substitutes’ hands.’ What about the Sixth Man of the Year that you concussed, leading to your 7 game suspension?

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Lakers in 6

  • R32

    You could see hard fouls against MWP brewing via Ibaka, Perkins.

  • PnoyVibe

    nah, I see another game 7 in this series.

  • tomttom

    Even as a laker fan i think it will take us 7 games IF we can beat OKC.

  • http://Yahoo John

    Nice, Mr Peace! What a disgraceful asshole you are!
    Why don’t you take your name seriously and be the bigger man, for a change? Your nothing but an arrogant trouble-maker playing a little man’s game…get over yourself!

  • jahb

    this makes it even more obvious that artest is trying to play mind games with OKC.it also makes it more believable that he had every intention of hurting someone on the thunder to send a message and intimidate them.How can u almost kill someone and then turn around and disrespect him in that manner??

  • bob dylan

    Hockey Rules…Basketball SUX!

  • riggs

    lakers get swept.

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    He’s also not going to do a pregame handshake with the Thunder GM, owner, mascot, fan in row J seat 432, the guy serving beer in the upper deck and the parking lot attendant. What a jerk.

    Actually, I think every player of the opposing team should go shake hands with every player who enters the game from now on. They should also give each player a goodbye hug when they check out.

    /sarcasm

  • Jzakoni

    yikes lakers are DONE

  • Fat Lever

    I read the above paragraph and could have sworn it sounded like something TMZ would report.

  • beast

    he is playing his veteran tricks on harden.. he is in his head

  • Corky

    “‘I don’t shake substitutes’ hands.’ What about the Sixth Man of the Year that you concussed, leading to your 7 game suspension?”

    Him either.

  • Kem

    He belongs to the Lakers alright

  • Yesse

    This is just immature.

    If he thinks for one second, that he is inside Harden’s head or can play mind games with him, he is just stupid. Metta might just get another suspension from his behavior on the court. I think Lakers should focus on winning OKC and not who’s hand are they gonna shake.

  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=hail+scalabrine&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=763&tbm=isch&tbnid=NwJ-Val5sz1SEM:&imgrefurl=http://thecorner33. Max

    MWP should know better, Harden’s beard protects him from people getting inside his head.

  • ANTI-ARTEST

    Ron Artest is the dumbest, unprofessional player I ever seen in my life. Shame on you!. St. John University is ashamed to have low life idiot like you. Loser… Bring the broom to OKC home and stick it in your world piece anal to fly back home.

  • http://SLAMonline.com Rocksinmypants

    Max, kinda like magnetos helmet?

  • hillbilly

    Metta World PoS

  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=hail+scalabrine&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=763&tbm=isch&tbnid=NwJ-Val5sz1SEM:&imgrefurl=http://thecorner33. Max

    Exactly.

  • bob dylan

    Marty Brodour married his sister!

  • shutup

    Hope this series goes seven and is a knockout drag out fight, with plenty of techs and flagrants…gotta love hard nosed “I don’t like you” playoff basketball.

  • DreDay

    He can’t shake substitutes hands’ becuase they don’t start. Good grief!!

    (Scared White Woman Voice)
    He’s just so Evil!!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    this only sounds bad until you think about it. tomttom is right, players who don’t start rarely say hi or do other acknowledgements with their opponents because they are no where near the other team. it’s actually just common sense, but now it’s bulletin board material.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance

    Forget all the talking, what I really want to see is Metta come down the lane and Per or Ibaka “cleanly” lay him out with a forearm or something.

  • RunNGun

    OKC all the way!

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    Seriously, before you have an opinion on his comment you have to watch the full interview. The context and his tone is very important here. Plus he explains himself further.

  • shutup

    @Rocksinmypants just like Juggernaut’s helmet, who if you read the comic books is actually Proffesor X’s step brother. Sorry if I got off topic, just my comic book nerd poking his head out.

  • bob dylan

    Drop Dead “Mary” Brodour. FLYERS RULE, DEVILS SUCK!

  • Top$helf

    The only way he can try to play minds games is through the media cause any hard fouls or other misbehavior during the actual games will get him suspended without question and I hate when people say WE can do this or WE can do that I’m sorry I didn’t know you were on the team

  • bob dylan

    …and that goes for you too “Cindy Crosby”…Quit looking to the refs and begging for calls, play Hockey damn-it, this isn’t basketball!

  • Mike

    People think this series will go past game five LOL thunder up!!!

  • ThunderGun

    oklahoma might fold , not sure if they’re mentally ready to be favored in a series against L.A.

  • dwight

    wow. world peace is a doosh. he wont shake hardens hand because he elbowed him in the grill. shouldnt it be the other way around shudnt harden be the bitter one. ron artest is a doosh and always will be. okc knock out the lakers in six.

  • http://www.yahoo,com berkamore

    Amazing how people actually think the Lakers are favored. They needed SEVEN games AND home court advantage to beat Denver. OKC swept the defending champions. You know what, don’t matter…I am just gonna see if I can place a bet on this series. Could be the easiest money I have made in a long time….

  • Jerome

    MWPOS is about to get flushed.

  • Mike

    ^^^^ pretty ignorant statement

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    he won’t shake Harden’s hand because Harden isn’t on the court when the player’s are shaking hands.

  • Mike

    Ah shit that’s for thunder gun. Lakers could barely get passed the nuggets. Thunder would have swept the nugs. They saw how Denver won against la. Not to mention lakers are looking tired, thunder were the first team to close their first round

  • Ldub

    OKC should start Harden then! ha

  • http://www.yahoo,com berkamore

    Harden is gonna have a huge series, not make that the entire OKC squad. Couldn’t believe how easily they beat Dallas. They are gonna run like Denver, thing is they have way more talent. If the Lakers are not delusional, they should be very concerned………..I know that if PJax was still coaching the Lakers, he would be saying that the Lakers are the underdogs because OKC beat the defending champs, LOL. But that was the genius of PJax.

  • bob dylan

    What’s the best thing about dating a homeless girl?….When you’re done, you can drop her off anywhere!

  • EJ

    ^^Are you on the wrong site or something?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i envisioned the real bob dylan typing that. which made that comment absolutely wonderful

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance

    Hey Switfboy and NBK, yall get outta here with your “actually read the article before you comment instead of just flying off the handle at the headline” selves.

  • bike

    He should at least rub elbows with Harden….

  • http://www.google.com/imgres?q=brian+scalabrine&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=712&bih=572&tbm=isch&tbnid=paNXJ6FIB-hVJM:&imgrefurl=http://www.2ksports.ca/2012/04/30/brian-scalabr LakeShow

    The luscious Bobby Dylan ladies and gentlemen.

  • Ldub

    MWP might be friends with Bones Jones or Kenny Florian!

  • elmaar

    I don’t know if I would shake his hand if I am on Thunder cos I believe that it generates some kind of tension, it kind of prevents you from getting loose and that’s what the lakers are hoping for so I think the Thunder should forget about it and play their game, but I would not lay him out definately because Stern is just waiting for that to happen so he can disqualify somebody on Thunder and make his money
    Bigs are gonna be essential in these series for OKC so they should stay calm and focused!
    westbrook needs to step up, he is gonna be the key to the series!

  • Jerome

    At least the Lakers have the consolation of winning four more games than they won last playoffs. With Perkins and Gasol in the mix this is already ugly, but this series will be U-G-L-Y! This isn’t Colorado so, sorry Kobe, no alibi.

  • trammy

    stupid psycho

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    watch harden drop 30 on his a$$ lol

  • Heals

    The only thing more overrated than bob dylan’s music are his hockey opinions…

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    1 more reason to hate the Lakers….

  • ricflairwoo

    lmao lakers has no chance against those thunder guys you cant keep hoping on kobe all day

  • bob dylan

    If it wasn’t for BOB DYLAN, LITTLE RICHARD, and ELVIS, you wouldn’t have Snoop, 2Tac, 50cent, or who ever else you clowns listen to!

  • bob dylan

    What’s black and tan and looks good on a lawyer?…A Doberman Pincher!

  • jeremys6226

    For a man that calls himself ‘Metta World Peace’ he is immature and to come out and say “I don’t shake substitutes hands” is ridiculous as he concussed Harden for no reason! I believe that jealousy must be part of it but I couldn’t care as long as Thunder destroy the lakers

  • bob dylan

    The LA Kings look good!

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