2013 NBA Playoffs: From His Couch, Metta World Peace Rips LeBron James' Lack of Heart

By Ryan Heckman
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not sure if Metta World Peace was attempting to play analyst or if he was just bitter about watching the 2013 NBA Finals from his couch, but the Los Angeles Lakers forward decided to chime in about the series today. ESPNLosAngeles.com got quite the response when chatting with him regarding LeBron James and the Miami Heat:

“Mentally, the Spurs are strongest right now. I think LeBron and (Chris) Bosh, they want it to be given to them. I don’t think they’re taking it upon themselves like a (Michael) Jordan would have done.”

Again, was this a compliment to their Western Conference rival San Antonio Spurs or just a jab at the league MVP? World Peace did add that he thought the Heat were overall the best team, but they’re just not getting it done:

“They do have the best team, but if they don’t play like the best team, they’re going to lose and the Spurs will take advantage of opportunities.”

So, he compliments Miami – sort of. He has a point though. The Spurs are mentally tougher and have the edge in the series right now. If they (Miami) want to take back the series they must win game four tomorrow night.

Another question over the finals thus far has been the performance of LeBron and why he isn’t looking to establish himself earlier. What’s the problem with him? World Peace also has an answer for that, believe it or not:

“(Mario) Chalmers, he wants it,” World Peace said. “He gets it. He’s not as talented as LeBron, but he has more heart. That’s those Derek Fisher type of players. Players that have more heart that are not as talented and play hard.”

So, apparently the problem with the Heat is the lack of heart from LeBron. That’s it. Problem solved. Controversy created. Mission accomplished.

Thanks for clearing that one up, Mr. World Peace.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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