It’s time for the Metta World Peace persona to go. We want Ron Artest back.
The Los Angeles Lakers amnestied World Peace Tuesday to clear salary cap room. He should take it as a sign of the changing times. He should leave his old name behind and revitalize his career as the more hated version of himself.
It’s been too long since the “Malice in the Palace.” No one was buying that the man who scurried into the stands against the Detroit Pistons could suddenly transform himself into a beacon of hope for a worldwide kumbaya. He doesn’t have much time left in the NBA, and a change of scenery accompanied with his old moniker would do him some good.
With only a few years remaining in his illustrious career, fans don’t want to see the tame version of World Peace in a Lakers jersey. They want to see the fiery, passionate version who donned the Indiana Pacers jersey. They want to see him throwing his body all over the floor, getting technical fouls and throwing elbows.
He’s obviously not afraid of changing his name. His most recent proposal was to change it to one of his favorite health food products.
I’m changing my name to “Whole Foods Guacomole Dip”
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 10, 2013
If he’s not going to go back to “Ron Artest,” he should put a little more thought into his new name than just suggesting the thing he is currently indulging in. If that were a good idea, I would have already filed the paperwork to become “Kona Blend Everything-Bagel.”