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Metta World Peace: “I don’t see anybody getting past us”

Sep 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

So much for downplaying expectations.

Not that the Lakers really could — the Lakers are the 800 pound gorilla of sports in Los Angeles with a fan base is rabid and at times delusional. After the Lakers traded for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this summer (to pair with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol), the portion of Lakers fans that will not be satisfied until they win two NBA championships a year has been a full throat.

Metta World Peace wants another ring — he auctioned off the first one — and speaking on 710 ESPN radio on Friday (transcribed by ESPNLA.com) he was very confident they would get it and talked about other Lakers pick ups.

“With the way the Lakers are looking this year, I don’t see anybody getting past us this year at all,” World Peace said.

“I saw (Antwan) Jamison today,” World Peace said. “People forget how much a great rebounder he is. He’s one of the greatest rebounders of the game, he has the best touch out of everybody in the NBA, best touch out of all the big men in the game.”

I will go only this far — the Lakers are in the mix. Before teams even get to training camp the most any team’s fans can hope for is that their squad is on the championship tier of squads that have a very legitimate shot at a ring. The Lakers are there. So are the Heat and Thunder.

Anything beyond that is posturing. But I get why World Peace really wants another ring this year, looking at his contract and the Lakers payroll (and tax obligations) next year, and knowing they still have their amnesty available, this may be his shot.

  1. greej1938l - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    LOL Metta World Peace won’t even be on the team by playoff time!

  2. ocgunslinger - Sep 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    A lot will have to go right for the Lakers to win this year. You can also say the same for the Heat and the Thunder……or for any team in the Championship finals. It is a sport game subject to chemistry, leadership and injury. That’s why they play the games.

    • money2long - Sep 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      well, seeing as how everyone in the game is subject to chemistry, leadership and injury, that makes it a level playing field, and with that said, the lakers look to be in better shape than most in terms of talent, as world peace claims.

  3. lakerluver - Sep 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Metta Ron Peace speaks THE TRUTH!! Just watch, haters.

    • shockexchange - Sep 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Cosign lakerluver. As usual, L.A. has “exceptionally more talent” than the rest of the L. That said, there is only one man who can keep the Lakers from winning the ‘chip.

      • nycalldayz - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        Yeah, Ron Artest is that one man. The guy is and always will be serviceable role-player, but past his prime at this point. Ron can’t do anything else, sorry.

      • shockexchange - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        nycalldayz MWP was not the person the Shock Exchange had in mind.

  4. ibchuck33 - Sep 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Jamison averaged 6.3 rebounds a game last season on a bad team where he was probably their best player. Probably. That’s hardly a great rebounding number. It’s good, not great. Ron Ron should scale it back on hyping Jamison

  5. manchestermiracle - Sep 15, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Show me a sports team’s fans that downplay expectations. Part of the fun of watching sports is having great expectations for your team of choice. Laker fans have every reason to believe their organization will be very successful this year, just as they have been in years past.

    The crack about winning two O’Brien trophies a year is pretty delusional, since only one is presented each year. I think you might have known that, but felt a need to mock Laker fans. The Laker fan base is no more delusional than some of your posts, Kurt. And some of them even know how to proofread their material.

  6. loungefly74 - Sep 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    delusional…that would be more like raptor or kings’ fan thinking they have a shot.

    oh…and since when do we put much stock into what ron ron says…?

  7. doctorfootball - Sep 15, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    For a guy who made his reputation on defense I saw a lot of players “getting past you” the last couple of seasons.

    • redbullenergydrink - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Hahahaha, best comment!

  8. lakerluver - Sep 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    ^^ The only players I saw get by Ron are players that get by everyone. Supposedly, Artest weighs less now then he did at any point last season. That has to help. He, or no one, can stop LBJ or Durant. But Ron does a better job of it than anyone.

  9. miamatt - Sep 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    The audacity to have confidence in one’s self and one’s team! Boo this man!!!

  10. tannethrill - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    If the Lakers have half a clue they’ll move this loser before he negatively influences Howard.

  11. omniusprime - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    It’s good for MWP to show confidence in the preseason but the only thing that counts is actually playing to match the hyping of another title run. After two disappointing seasons it’s great to see the team thinking seriously about winning another championship. Go Lakers!

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