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Metta World Peace Thrives on Pressure

Kyle Terada-US Presswire

The Los Angeles Lakers are performing well below their capabilities, seeing an increase in pressure with the players. But for Metta World Peace, that’s exactly what he wants.

When World Peace joined in 2009 after the Lakers won the Championship, he famously said that if the franchise failed to repeat the blame would fall on his shoulders. Ultimately they won back-to-back championships.

“I came to L.A. for this,” World Peace said.

“I could have went to Memphis or New Orleans where the media market is low and you’re not going to get as crucified.”

“I came here for this. You don’t come to L.A. not to want to be crucified when you lose. You come to L.A. for that pressure and that’s why we’re here.”

“You got to really enjoy it. This is a beautiful time, like I kept telling my teammates. We can’t be in a better situation. We can write world history. This is world history that we can write and we have the chance to do it.”

Although the Lakers are 20-26 this season and much is being made of the disappointment that is so far the Lakers season. Despite some horrendous results MWP has still faith in the players around him which make up a talented roster.

World Peace may have not helped expectations levels this season with comments in the post season about how they could break Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins in a season.

“Nothing’s changed as far as the way I’m thinking,” World Peace added.

“I still believe 100 percent that we’re the best team. I think the team that we have is very unique. I don’t know if there’s ever been a team put together like this, first off.”

“Even those old Bulls teams, obviously you had Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, but on this team there’s like six All-Stars. So, that’s not an easy task to coach.”

The Lakers could become just the fourth team since the 1976-77 season to have two All-Star starters and miss the playoffs.