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Metta World Peace says his style of play is aggressive, but not dirty

Mar 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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It can be extremely frustrating to watching Metta World Peace continually make violent plays that are meant to instigate or agitate his opponents, and then hear him try to explain away his actions afterward.

It’s not that World peace is lying or being disingenuous. He truly believes that plays he’s been penalized for — such as the subtle punch he gave to the Pistons’ Brandon Knight, and the elbow to the head of Kenneth Faroed that the league came down on him for a few days later — are well within the realm of reasonable in an NBA basketball game.

Obviously, they are not. But that didn’t stop World Peace from defending his style of play at the Lakers’ practice facility on Saturday during an interview session that lasted almost 20 minutes.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

“It’s not like I (brought) this aggression to the league,” World Peace said. “I didn’t invent this. This is what we watched. This is what we saw. The Bill Laimbeers and the (Dennis) Rodmans. They played hard. And they wasn’t trying to hurt nobody. They just played hard. They played with passion. And we grew up wanting to play with passion. So when guys say we’re dirty, we’re just playing hard, man. We’re not playing dirty. We’re just playing, we’re reacting, we’re going hard. We want to win.”

Laimbeer arguably was just fine with hurting people as a member of the “Bad Boys” era Pistons teams that won back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990, but we’re getting into semantics.

World Peace was responding to questions about that play in Denver, where Nuggets head coach George Karl later said that he felt it was premeditated. Whether it was or wasn’t, World Peace unquestionably has a long history of making excessively physical plays, and it’s going to continue to haunt him if he continues to make them, plain and simple.

  1. omniusprime - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Metta World Peace lays rough and tough and if some players don’t like it they can quit or go play in the WNBA. If you want to see a dirty player then look no further than Dirty Wade.

    Go MWP!!! Go Lakers!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! Thanks Dr. Buss, Rest in Peace!!!

    • slowclyde86 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      To paraphrase:
      – “Those of you who don’t like getting hit in the face by a thug, in clear violation of the rules should go ahead and quit.” Sounds like great basketball to me.
      -“someone else also plays dirty, so don’t pick on Artest because he plays for my team.” Brilliant.

      To summarize:
      – this post confirms my hypothesis that the use of exclamation points is disproportionate to the I intelligence involved. Well done.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Ron is not dirty. Dwyane Wade is the epitome of dirty.

      • slowclyde86 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:55 AM

        “Ron is not dirty.” Really? You must be a Biased Laker fan or blind. I mean come on, seriously?

  2. rdav29 - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    They wasn’t tryin’ to hurt nobody!

    • mazblast - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Double negative. It means they were trying to hurt somebody or anybody.

      I don’t mind hard play, tough play, etc. However, it’s clear that MWP goes way beyond that. I wouldn’t mind seeing some players who don’t mind a suspension dishing out a little payback to him. Nothing major, just a knee to the package, a few elbows to the nose and temple…

      • mytthor - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        That’s not a double negative.

  3. seaucidaltendencies - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    World Peace’s style of play is as clean as his responses are intelligent.

  4. ryanfort - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    You have to admire MWP’s tenacity,desire and heart when he’s playing

  5. dwmc23 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    You can justify anything. The guy’s a thug.

  6. aboogy123456 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    “It can be extremely frustrating to watching Metta World Peace continually make violent plays that are meant to instigate or agitate his opponents”

    I don’t know if you watch many laker games but I can’t even think of any examples where Metta is trying to do this. Metta never starts anything, he plays with a lot of passion and he has an extreme defense mechanism when he feels attacked, but I don’t think he could care less about getting under people’s skin. Almost all of the time it’s actually the opponent who’s trying to agitate Metta.

  7. 11thstreetmafia - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I’d rather see guys play like him then most of what I see in the league. Most guys look like they could care less what happens unless the game just happens to be close in the last two minutes or their team happens to be in the playoff race with 15 games to go.

  8. drewzducks - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

  9. baymac408 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    He’s garbage

  10. remyje - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Imagine if someone elbowed Kobe like that.. Blind Laker followers would be so upset that someone touched their man.. They would hit the keyboard so hard telling us how much they hate that player..

  11. baymac408 - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Most lakers are band wagon fans!

    • mytthor - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Amazing that you know most Laker fans.

  12. louhudson23 - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    MWP has a tenuous grasp of reality. Combined with the fact that he is an idiot makes for an interesting cocktail of lunacy and idiocy. When he finally drives someones nose back into their face,perhaps that will put an end to the farce that is Ron Artest. Till then,we are treated to the inane utterances of this deluded fool.

  13. motorcity20 - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    People still watch the NBA?

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      Yes. And comment on NBA blogs, apparently.

  14. davidly - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    A lot of coaches are fine with it as long as it’s their guy. I remember George Karl sending Brickowski in to rattle Rodman, which backfired with Brickowski coming out looking the dirtier for it, which in that case, he was.

  15. dwmc23 - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    You can justify anything. The guy’s a thug. .

  16. scalfor3 - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    That’s actually an accurate description of his game most of the time. Ron undeniably plays hard every night and most of the time its good, physical ball. But every now and then “Bad Ron” comes out and he does something bush-league and dangerous. It’s happened way too many times to be coincidence.

  17. lakerwoman - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Dirty equals Blake Griffin.

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