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Metta World Peace boasts Lakers want to get 73 wins

Sep 17, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

Metta World Peace AP

For the Lakers fifth offensive option (if that), Metta World Peace isn’t afraid to do the talking.

We told you how he said he didn’t think anybody could get past the Lakers. We’ve shown you his latest boast-filled video. We showed you him on Yo Gabba Gabba. He’s kind of everywhere right now.

Then there is this quote from his ESPN Los Angeles radio interview recently (via Sports Radio Interviews), when asked about Lakers goals.

“We definitely want to beat the Bulls record and go 73-9, that’s definitely something that I want to do. Whoever is out there at the beginning of the season then we gotta get it. It’s as simple as that. We just have to go get it. (Host: So that Bulls record is something you’re thinking about?) No question. You try to snatch records before you leave this earth. You gotta try to do a lot of great things so it’s definitely a goal. With Dwight Howard, (Steve) Nash, Kobe (Bryant), myself, Pau (Gasol) and then (Antawn) Jamison and a lot of great additions it’s something that’s possible.”

File this in the “good that he’s thinking this way, will never happen” file. I mean, you want you players to think they can win every game, so good for MWP here. But every year some team or teams foolishly think they have a shot at that record, I wish players would stop saying that. It is not going to happen in this case for a lot of reasons.

First off, the West is too deep with good teams. The Clippers are young, talented, have Chris Paul and Blake Griffin plus Jamal Crawford off the bench and they probably end up being the four or five seed in the conference. Minnesota with Kevin Love, Rick Rubio and a lot of nice young pieces are a bubble team to even make the playoffs. There are just too many tough games.

Second, the Lakers should be good with this roster but if Dwight Howard is out for training camp there is going to be an early season adjustment period that will cost them some games. Third, Phil Jackson (who coached that Bulls team) said no team from the West will break that record because the hours and amount of distance traveled is too great and it wears teams down.

And we could go on and on, but this is a silly topic. The Heat aren’t going to win 72 games and in a less deep East they have a better shot at it.

  1. doctorfootball - Sep 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    A lot of talk from a guy who’s skills have diminished. He averaged career lows in minutes and points the last two season. And the one area where he’s really made his mark, defense, is really going downhill quick. His defense was average at best last season.

    • blueintown - Sep 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      Who cares? A guys skills naturally diminish with age (shocking, I know) and he is no longer capable of endeavoring for personal or professional excellence?

  2. OK Sports Ramblings - Sep 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    I definitely agree. Very ballsy for World Peace to make this statement, especially since many of them haven’t played together yet and they don’t know what the chemistry will be like with Nash and Howard as starters. The Heat went through a transition period for a while when they first started playing together. Just because you have several superstars doens’t mean they will mesh.

    But then again, he wouldn’t be “Metta World Peace” without these ridiculous statements right?

    Tori Nichols

  3. thraiderskin - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Seriously, do the Lakers need to tranq Metta?

  4. camnellum12 - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    As a Laker fan, it would be nice, but it can’t happen, not in this league. Back in 1996, the league was weaker compared to the NBA of 2012. In 1996, Jordan-Pippen-Rodman (and they had Phil Jackson at the helm!) was unstoppable, because no other trio or team could match them. Now it’s Miami, OKC, San Antonio is still a really good team, Boston has improved (if they can stay healthy), if the Knicks can co-exist they’ll be great, maybe Brooklyn has something going, all those teams can rival the Lakers. Not to mention we have yet to see if Dwight and Nash can work along with Pau and Kobe, Miami, San Antonio, and OKC already have a chemistry that will get them to a Larry O’Brien Trophy.

    I like his confidence, but he just raised the bar that much higher.

    • guyaneserj - Sep 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM


    • 1historian - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Let’s not forget who put that team together. Except for Jordan (duhhh!) every single player on that team and every single coach was brought to Chicago by Jerry Krause.

  5. passerby23 - Sep 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I think Phil Jackson makes a good point – a West Coast team like the Lakers has to do a lot of traveling, a lot of long flights. Even playing weak teams, there are bound to be nights with drop-offs. Putting aside predictable nights of fatigue and sluggishness, a quick glance at their schedule tells you it’s damn near impossible to go 73-9. What would have to happen for this to be possible?

    Let’s assume they only drop a single game to the Clippers, Spurs, Thunder, Heat, and Celtics (the top teams), that leaves them with 5 losses. That allows them 4 more losses. There are still likely playoff teams such as the Knicks, Nets, Pacers, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Mavs, Jazz, Nuggets, Sixers, Hawks, and Bulls they’d only be able to afford a single loss to SOME of those teams. Even if they were to go roughly 25-4 against those teams, that means they’d have to go undefeated against the rest of the league (meaning no off nights).

    You factor in the fact that Howard is going to miss some games to start the season, Nash’s back is bound to cause him to sit out a few games, and they are an old team, it’s pretty tough to see that happening.

  6. lakerluver - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Ron Ron is just being Ron Ron. Heck, if they only win 52 games but win the title who cares? The real season starts for the LAKERS in April or May when they start jockeying for playoffs position. All they need to focus on in the reg season is building chemistry and staying relatively injury free.

    • loungefly74 - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      agree LL. ron ron is just on one of his rants…ya know his teammates and the fans are not to take him too serious.

      hey, really…i’m okay with it. i like that he is pumped…target or not.

      and yes…april/may is when the season really starts…BUT with this team…im excited about the regular season as well!

  7. squrlmoos1 - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    The Cleveland cavaliers won 66 games in 08-09 with just Lebron. Its a record that’s gonna get broken, let’s get real here.

  8. misterdreamer119 - Sep 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Kiss of death.

  9. ibchuck33 - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    He speaks like he expects to be there the whole season. I’m sure if the lakers find a team to take him off their hands, he’ll be gone

  10. paulhargis53 - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Way to paint a huge bullseye on your teams back Ron. What an idiot.

    And Lakersucker, Ron Ron?!!?!

    Uff, you’re in your late 30s, why must you act like a lovestruck teenage girl when talking about the lakers?

    You need serious help dude. A guy your age acting like this is not normal.
    You have a serious problem. Its unhealthy for you to be fixated the way you are. Please seek help.

    • donivantrip - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      He’s 30?! Are you serious? Every time i’m on here i see his stupid ass making his usual delusional unrealistic statements but never would i thought that he was that old. What a moron. Don’t understand why that idiot always capitalizes “lakers”

      faker fans like him are the reason i dislike laker fans and why laker fans are the worst fans in the nba

    • blueintown - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Methinks someone has a bit of fixation of his own..

    • mytthor - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Yeah we can’t all aspire to mature, highbrow humor like changing “luver” to “sucker.”

  11. geo59 - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    It doesn’t sound like boasting to me. Metta just said that they want to go for that record and they’ll have to “go get it”. He’s just saying that he thinks they will be great this year and could have a record setting year. What’s wrong with that? Go Lakers!!

  12. africanballer - Sep 18, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Even Himself (Metta) knows that can’t happen

  13. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    If the Lakers can really reach their maximum potential, why not?

    Of course, there are a lot of factors to be considered. Is it possible? Sure. The question is the PROBABILITY.

    Then again, if Metta was playing for the Bobcats…

  14. isujames - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Yea, and I would love to be filthy rich and have one hour with beyonce, neither one is happening anytime soon and neither is a 73 win season coming for the lakers.I think they will be lucky to get 63 wins.The lakers are not as good as they think..

  15. paulhargis53 - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Donivan: He’s actually somewhere between 36-40 years old. It’s pathetic how he carries himself on here.

    blue: Damn right I’m fixated. I cannot stand tools like him. He’s so over the top.
    A mid to late 30s man professing his love for men like a teenage girl is just plain out there and wrong. It would be different if he had a worthwhile opinion on anything, but he is a loudmouth know nothing that thinks basketball only counted starting in 1980. He has no knowledge of the history of his own team let alone the NBA as a whole. He wants to have his own opinions, but not allow anyone else theirs. if you don’t agree with him you are a “hater”( God, I loathe that word).
    He is the worst type of fan their is.
    So yeah, I’m going to deride him any chance I have. I get bored at work, its fun, and he deserves it.
    mytthor: I don’t think I need to take humor advice from a guy with a comic book character as a screen name. Jesus dude, really?!
    Or is that how your hind end feels after a date…myt thor?

    • blueintown - Sep 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      Disapproving of a blog troll for perpetuating repetitive nonsense irrelevant to the actual game of basketball…see where I’m headed with this?

  16. marshallsknife - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    He’s also super stoked that Jesus Christ let him lose his baby teeth at a young age. If you have not posted that video it’s a must see.

  17. suhnum1fan - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Has Ron quit taking his bipolar meds?

  18. paulhargis53 - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    It’s real simple blue, if you see my name, stop reading. If you think I care what a nameless, faceless person like you thinks of me, you’re sadly mistaken.

    Troll, there is another loathsome word.
    You have to be new to this site, its foundation is built upon trash talk.

    You Lakers fans don’t want to hear anything negative about your team, and that’s just too bad.

    As long as there are know nothings such as lakerluver, I’ll be here to let them have it. Don’t like it? Tough. Then don’t read it.

    Do YOU see where I’m headed with this?

    • blueintown - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Apparently I don’t, friend.

      If you truly subscribe to the notion of actively avoiding what is bound to be nonsensical postings based on the author, then by all means, do so. Whenever you see this lakerfellow has posted something, skip over it and move on with your basketball life. Additionally, if you feel that posters such as him contribute nothing of substance to basketball discussions, then spend all that time you waste calling him gay to elevate the discourse on your own. It does perplex me as to how in one statement you claim he contributes nothing of sound reason to basketball discussion and in the next statement glibly dismiss all the content on these boards as “trash talk”.

      Besides the point, but relevant: I’m certainly not a Lakers fan. I look forward to watching them, because they have really good players, which make for really good teams, which makes for very enjoyable basketball. But my allegiances will forever lie with the Bulls, who are appear doomed to basketball purgatory for the next eight to ten years.

  19. omniusprime - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Nice to see MWP so confident about the team’s chances this season. As always the fools overreact to his comment with their disgusting negative comments, then again they’re just jealous none of their deadbeat teams are talking it up like MWP nor can back it up like the Lakers. The only thing that matters is winning another title and tying the ancient Celtics in championships this season, and one important ingredient is winning home court advantage for every playoff series. That means winning more regular season games than any other team, that should be the Laker’s goal this season.

    Go Lakers!

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