“Nobody plays D like me, so don’t get it twisted. Allright…Allright.”
With those cryptic words, followed by a few odd chuckles, Metta World Peace abrubtly ended a radio interview in Indianapolis on Friday morning. World Peace, a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, was doing a phone-in interview for the Grady and Big Joe Show on 1070am radio, discussing Friday night’s upcoming game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Indiana Pacers.
World Peace quickly hung up the phone, after being asked about the defensive prowess of Indiana Pacers’ All-Star Paul George.
As Ron Artest, World Peace was an infamously troubled member of the Pacers from 2002-2006. In 2004, Artest ignited a notorious brawl with fans in Detroit, resulting in a season-long suspension. Artest also won his only Defensive Player of the Year award as a member of the Pacers.
During the awkward interview, World Peace was asked about his favorite memories of his time in Indianapolis. The former Artest responded that he enjoyed getting out in public, and shopping at Target. The fact that World Peace seemed to be so shook up when asked about defending another player, is a glaring indication of the confidence and instability of the former Pacer fan favorite.
Friday’s match-up between the Lakers and Pacers has already been building up with a big game feel. Along with Kobe Bryant’s injury issue, the World Peace story will no doubt help to fan the flames for Friday night. Ron Artest may have been a fan favorite-turned martyr for the Indiana Pacers. In Indianapolis, Metta World Peace is just another player with a screw loose.