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Steve Nash wipes armpits with towel; Metta uses it on his face (Video)

Gross gross gross gross gross gross. Of course the only thing more gross than Metta World Peace using the same towel for his face that Steve Nash used to wipe his armpits is the Lakers’ record these days, but that’s besides the point. I’m guessing this isn’t what Dwight Howard had in mind when he said the Lakers needed to develop more chemistry.

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Metta World Peace: NBA is ruining my family’s Christmas

The NBA on Christmas is developing into a sports-holiday tradition similar to the NFL on Thanksgiving. The league showcases some of its top teams and best storylines on Dec. 25 each year, which leads to many of the usual suspects regularly on Christmas. While the Christmas Day tradition is great for fans, it kind of sucks for the players who are asked to play on the holiday each year.

The Los Angeles Lakers have played on Christmas Day 14 straight years, and they are hosting a game for the sixth straight year. This season, they play at 12:00 p.m. PT against the New York Knicks. The game is right in the middle of the day, so it pulls the Lakers players away from their families in the morning, and keeps them from returning home until the late afternoon.

Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been with the team since 2009, and he says the Christmas Day games are not sitting well with his family.

“My kids don’t like it. My youngest doesn’t like it at all,” World Peace told the LA Times. “I’m to a point now I forget it’s Christmas, to tell you the truth. I buy the presents and I’m never home, so I totally forget about Christmas.”

Playing on holidays is just one of the sacrifices some teams have to make. In a way it’s an honor because that means your team is really good, and because you get to appear on such a large national stage. But for some of the older players for whom this has become routine, it must be a drag. You think David Stern gives them time-and-a-half to make up for the inconvenience?

Metta World Peace: Steve Nash needs his own Las Vegas show with strippers

Metta World Peace is already in awe of Steve Nash. When talking to reporters recently about his new teammate, World Peace spoke about how he has trouble figuring out what’s happening on the court with Nash running the offense because everything happens so quickly.

“Half of the time, I don’t get back on defense after we just scored,” Metta said according to the LA Times. “I’m wondering what just happened.”

While confused, World Peace said he is amazed with what Nash can do with the ball. He’s so impressed that he thinks Nash deserves to be his own show, and he described the type of show it should be in a way that only MWP could.

“Nash should do a Vegas magic show,” World Peace said. “They should put his picture on the Flamingo hotel with a picture of him posing spinning the ball with his tongue out. There could be a bunch of strippers around him naked covering themselves with a hat.”

For those of you who have to hear the artist formerly known as Ron Artest actually saying these insane things, the video is available here. When asked for his response to MWP’s suggestion, Nash simply smiled and said he doesn’t know where he comes up with these things. He also said World Peace should have his own show. How about they both get a show together?

Chest bump to Pro Basketball Talk

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.

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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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