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World Peace was just a little “bored” on defense

Jan 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace has not been as good as Ron Artest was.

He’s shooting is off this season (especially from three, 15.8 percent this year), he was floating around the offense, he wasn’t impacting the game — Mike Brown wanted him to lead the Lakers second unit and instead he’s having the worst year of his career. At least until a fiery performance against the Clippers Wednesday night.

Most disturbing about World Peace this season is his defense — once lock-down it is now pretty pedestrian. Or again, was until the Clipper game. So Metta, what is going on here? He explains to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“The defense, I got to bring it back,” World Peace said after practice… “I got bored with defense because it was so easy for me to stop people over the years. I got real bored with it. When you’re playing against guys and you’re stopping guys every single time, what else are you going to do [but get bored]? It caught up to me, but this year I’m doing better. This year I’m almost back to where I want to be.”

Most guys I’d question on this, but it’s pretty easy to see World Peace getting bored.

Kobe Bryant has World Peace’s back on this.

“I can relate to that,” Bryant said. “That’s happened to me before as well. That’s human nature sometimes. You have to have [and] you have to find challenges that kind of get you going and keep your energy.”

Kobe has never really had trouble finding ways to motivate himself. World Peace on the other hand…

  1. mgscott - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Headcase

  2. mrlitl - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    If you arent motivated then quit. Jerk.

    • kpow55 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      You’ve never been bored at work? People need to get off his back.

      He’s just paid well and in the spotlight so the jealous criticize.

      When pushing papers around a cubicle gains national attention, maybe we can all get together and criticize your work effort.

  3. noirad - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Just a lovely visit to his therapist and he will start playing defense again.

  4. glink123 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    NBA professional athletes aren’t exactly rocket scientists. Give any twenty-something kid $100 million, and he’s going to find ways to become distracted with his, ahem, job. Building mansions, buying cars, making it rain at da club, popping bottles with models. They quit hitting the weight room. They quit staying after practice to get extra reps with the trainers and assistant coaches. Their game slips. For some, it never comes back (insert reference to Shawn Kemp, Eddy Curry, Eddie Robinson, and a slew of other names here). For others, they eventually grow out of the rut, get bored with the superficial materialisms, and rediscover the only thing in their lives that really give them that feeling of superiority. The great ones have that drive. It’s the answer to why some guys hang around the game way too long at the end of their careers (Karl Malone, Alonzo Mourning, Michael Jordan, etc).

  5. thebigkahuna23 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    I could understand people being angry if he said this like 6 years ago. You should know what you’re getting with this guy, for God’s sake the guy’s jersey says world peace on the back. He was a vital part of one of the Laker’s championships and was used to get Ariza (another vital part of their second recent championship).

  6. toegoat - Jan 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    It doesn’t matter its not like he has to guard “Mookie from 4B” or anything.

  7. cjksrq - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    First of all, anybody who changes his name to Meat World Peas, is not only bored, but has waaaay too much time on his hands. Time that could have been spent practicing shooting, dribbling, passing, you know, the FUNDAMENTALS!!!!!! MWP is just another overpaid slacker, coasting his way through a mediocre career.

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