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Metta World Peace won’t be fist-bumping Harden because he’s a reserve, apparently

May 13, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

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Metta World Peace will not be reaching out to James Harden in Game 1 regarding that whole “elbowing him in the head and knocking him unconscious” bit that happened last month.

From the L.A. Times:

World Peace has not spoken to Harden since elbowing him in the second quarter of the Lakers 114-106 double-overtime victory April 22.

He didnt expect to greet him before the game.

“He doesnt start. I only fist-bump the starting five,” World Peace said. “I don’t fist-bump subs.”

via Lakers get Metta World Peace back for Game 7 –


It should be noted that the whole “fist-bump/hug” thing is only done by starters. So if MWP is just being literal, then fine. You’d think he’d say “I’m not NOT going to, I’m just not going to go out of my way.” This didn’t really sound like that, but that’s up for interpretation.

I get the whole “not being friendly with the enemy” thing. It’s a little absurd considering how chummy these guys were during the lockout and how they could wind up playing on the same team at any moment, but sure.  MWP came off the bench in 19 of his 64 games this season. So why throw the jab? Is he not going to fist-bump Manu Ginobili? Again, he’s being honest from a literal context, it just seems an awful lot like looking down at a guy he nearly knocked out.

You can say it’s just a benign comment about how players fist-bump on the floor before the game, but given what we know of the growing dislike between the two teams, it doesn’t seem like it.

This series is going to be full of love and warmth, I can tell.

  1. rayburns - May 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    How much better would Won-won have looked if he had gone over to Harden and shook his hand and apologized during warm-ups?

  2. cosmicatomic - May 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM


  3. loungefly74 - May 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    good…I dont want ronron to be nice right now. i want the thunder fearing him…BUT after the series is done…he better shake his hand, apologize, buy him steak dinner, donate to his favorite charity, etc….

  4. gbr437 - May 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Typical media attitude. Always making something bigger than it really is. When will we as readers learn to take this crap for what it really is? Mere entertainment and nothing more! Kills me how people let the media manipulate them into taking sides on an issue that really isn’t an issue at all.

    • sybo79 - May 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      You’re on the wrong site, Fox news is that way….

    • adamthompson24 - May 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Wish I could like this 100x. Took the words out of my mouth. This is the epitome of over analyzing. After saying it, MWP prob thought “haha”. Harden would respond with “whatever, still gonna ball u”. Regardless, it is a really innocent comment. Way to sensationalize, your conclusions are futile.

  5. ezmagic - May 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    He’s right only starters great each other but during the game mwp could at least acknowledge harden during say FT shots, maybe give him the ole pat on the ass? Either way look at what else mwp said during that interview. He is missing a lot of screws.
    7 gm suspension wasn’t enough but the nba made it that way so when he returns it would be vs OKC in the playoffs…Why else would they take so long to come down with the suspension…they were planning the timeline.. Greedy nba…

  6. therealroman - May 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    He can look down on him all he wants, Harden is still gonna BALL on ’em!!

  7. 1historian - May 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I’m sure it might be fun to watch these two clowns going at each other.


    I would have to care enough to watch.


  8. davidcl77 - May 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    This cat is obviously off his medicine. He took his meds and he was calm. Also not worth a plug nickel. Now, he is worth a plug nickel and more. Why? Cause he’s off his meds!

  9. massivedick - May 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    MWP is a thug. Go back to queens and smoke crack with your peps. Maybe break some knee caps. While you’re there go back to class and learn proper English.

  10. furio2929 - May 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    MWP is a joke. A thug playn in the NBA

  11. aahhyeahsucka - May 16, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    lol. what a freak. ef the lakers.

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