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Metta World Peace might sign as boxer for Floyd Mayweather’s promotional company

Metta World Peace has joked about joining the NFL in the past, but he’s always been serious about exploring a boxing career in addition to playing professional basketball. The Lakers forward is so serious about boxing that he actually met with several promoters. He even says that he may sign with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s promotional company — the Money Team.

“I know Floyd … Money Team. I actually might sign to Floyd Mayweather’s promotion (company). I was talking to Lou DiBella, I was talking to Floyd. I briefly spoke to Bob Arum. I think I’m going to go sign with Floyd Mayweather,” Metta told reporter Elie Seckbach.

“I would need at least a year (to train). I’m not going to do it now, but I can’t wait til an opportunity comes so I can get a chance in the ring.”

World Peace joked last year about fighting former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson. If they could make that fight happen in a year or two, I know a lot of people would want to watch. And if the Money Team signs Metta, that would certainly be an answer to the Manny Pacquiao-50 Cent business pairing.

Metta World Peace: Steve Nash probably is smartest Laker because he’s white

Metta World Peace is an aspiring comedian, so he was probably joking when he made a crack about Steve Nash being the smartest Laker.

According to LA Times Lakers blogger Mark Medina, World Peace was asked if Steve Nash is the smartest Lakers. He had a classic response.

“He’s white, so probably yes.”

There’s a reason he’s called the “Lakers idiot.” Nobody will complain about the joke because World Peace was paying whites a compliment with the stereotypical response, but that’s pretty inappropriate.

Let me just flip the script on you for a second: What would the reaction be if someone said Metta World Peace is the dumbest Laker because he’s black? It’s never a good idea to make generalizations about any group of people.

Chest bump to Black Sports Online

Metta World Peace: Lakers can beat Bulls regular-season record, go 73-9

After revamping their roster over the past few months, the Lakers are expected to be one of the better teams in the NBA this season. They have added a true point guard who knows how to win in veteran Steve Nash. With Dwight Howard, they get what most feel will be an upgrade over Andrew Bynum, who had a tendency to throw in the towel when things weren’t going his way. Metta World Peace expects L.A. to be even better than we think.

“We definitely want to beat the Bulls record and go 73-9, that’s definitely something that I want to do,” World Peace said during an interview with ESPN L.A.’s Max and Marcellus (via Sports Radio Interviews). “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.

“No question (we’re thinking about it). 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, Nash, Kobe (Bryant), myself, Pau (Gasol) and then (Antawn) Jamison and a lot of great additions, it’s something that’s possible.”

I disagree. Steve Nash will turn 39 during the upcoming season. Kobe Bryant will be 34. World Peace and Pau Gasol are both 32. The Lakers roster is filled with experience and Hall of Fame potential, but it is not loaded with youth. Older players need rest, and Mike Brown will be far more focused on preserving the health of his guys than some regular-season record. You can’t fault World Peace for aiming high, but it ain’t happening.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie
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Lakers reportedly open to trading Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace

The Lakers are reportedly shopping two of their most recognizable players, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. From ESPN:

Sources told ESPN.com that the Lakers have been contacting teams in an effort to acquire a top-10 pick in Thursday’s draft. The Lakers also are seeking an established player along with the pick if they’re to part with Gasol.

The Lakers are reportedly have their sights set on Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is projected to be selected somewhere in the top 10, if not top five, in the draft. The Lakers currently don’t have any picks in the first round.

One team reportedly willing to be a trading partner with the Lakers is the Hawks, who are offering the disgruntled Josh Smith in exchange for Gasol. The Hawks, however, don’t draft until the 23rd pick, far from the top-10 selection the Lakers covet.

This report is just the latest in Gasol long appearing headed out of town. Jim Buss almost comically seemed pretty sure last week that Gasol won’t be going anywhere.

Meanwhile, the Lakers might have a tougher time unloading World Peace. More from ESPN:

While the Lakers would be looking for considerably less, such as a late first-round pick or perhaps some cap relief, World Peace’s contract obligations (two years, $15 million remaining on his deal) — combined with a 15 percent trade kicker — might prove too much for another team to bear.

Much like how some families are stuck with that annoying drunk uncle, the Lakers appear stuck with Metta World Peace.

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Metta World Peace rips James Harden in tweet

James Harden played poorly in Oklahoma City’s loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, and rival Metta World Peace was on Twitter antagonizing him. Keep in mind Metta tweeted that Harden would probably hit a “huge shot” moments after he insulted him via Twitter, but it was the following tweet that people are going to be talking about.

World Peace sent that tweet in the final minute of the game when Harden committed a foul on LeBron James. With Oklahoma City trailing by three, the foul put LeBron at the free throw line where he hit one of two and gave the Heat a four-point lead. Metta is right about it not being a smart play. Harden also went 2-for-10 from the field including 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. Game 3 was hardly memorable for the man whose beard has become more than famous.

The irony here is that if Harden has lost some brain cells, it’s probably World Peace’s fault. Harden may not be thinking as clearly as he used to since he was cranked in the head with an elbow back in April. The Heat now lead the Finals 2-1, and Harden’s lousy Game 3 was a big reason why. That being said, World Peace is still the one watching from home on the couch.

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Metta World Peace gets acting role in Lifetime movie

From promoting rap albums to doing weather reports on Canadian TV, Metta World Peace is always broadening his sports horizons. Now it looks like he’ll be venturing into a completely new realm — movies.

TV Guide reports that the wacky Lakers forward has scored a role in a movie adaptation of Nancy Grace’s first novel, “The Eleventh Victim,” which is set to premiere in the fall on Lifetime Movie Network.

World Peace will play a Georgia detective who works alongside Atlanta’s District Attorney (played by former “Beverly Hills, 90210″ star Jennie Garth), as she pursues the conviction of a serial killer.

If you’re wondering how World Peace scored the role, it’s apparently thanks to a friendship that developed between him and Grace when the two were contestants on Season 13 of “Dancing With the Stars” (though Grace never wore her hair as crazy as World Peace did). In fact, it seems like the whole thing is a Dancing With the Stars connection; Garth was also a former contestant on the show.

You might question if World Peace has any acting chops, but as this video showed us, the guy can be pretty funny on camera. We think he’ll do great and, at the least, he should give Lifetime a boost in male viewers.

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Metta World Peace mixes up Labor Day and Memorial Day

Metta World Peace isn’t exactly the sharpest Buddhist in the monastery. The Lakers forward tweeted everyone best wishes on Memorial Day Monday by saying “Happy labor day … enjoy it.” Unfortunately, there was only one problem considering May 28 was Memorial Day, and Labor isn’t until September. Guess he was just eager to stop wearing white.

Via Ball Don’t Lie