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5 Reasons Why Metta World Peace Is A Clown

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5 Reasons Why Metta World Peace Is A Clown

5 Reasons Why Metta World Peace is a Clown
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Metta World Peace has been entertaining us for the last 14 years. Yes, his physical brand of basketball is fun to watch and he's had some big moments in his career, but the real entertainment has nothing to do with basketball. His puzzling and baffling behavior is what keeps us coming back. His quips and quotes have us scratching our heads. We don't know what he is going to do next, but we know it's going to be wild and crazy.

The New York Knicks didn't know what to expect when they signed World Peace during the offseason. They were hoping for the MWP that brought toughness, defensive intensity and veteran leadership. They were hoping for the MWP who was an integral part of the Los Angeles Lakers 2010 championship team. They were hoping that he would help propel them further in the playoffs. There is still plenty of time left in the NBA season, but hope is running thin for the Knicks.

MWP has failed to be productive so far this season; he is not the same player he once was. Whether it's because of injuries, lack of focus or a disconnect with the coaching staff, he just can't seem to get it together. His strange antics and foolish behavior was tolerable in the past because he was still getting it done on the court. Nowadays he barely sees the court, yet he stills acts like a clown. He seems to be getting goofier and goofier by the day.

Here are five reasons why MWP is a clown.

Dan Lovi is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DannyALovi. "Like" him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5. His Play So Far This Season

His Play So Far This Season
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The Knicks believed they were getting a steal when they signed MWP to a two-year deal for roughly $3 million. Turns out he was robbing them! MWP is averaging career-lows in almost every statistical category including points per game and minutes per game. Even when his offense wasn’t working for him, his defensive prowess was never in doubt. That hasn’t been the case this season as he has slowed down tremendously on the defensive end. Head coach Mike Woodson has used him sparingly, and I don't see his minutes increasing anytime soon.

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4. His Outlandish Interviews and Quotes

His Outlandish Interviews and Quotes
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Due to his poor play so far this season, rumors of MWP on the trading block have started to heat up. In an interview with Anthony Rieber of Newsday, World Peace talked about the possibility of being traded to the Toronto Raptors, a team that is currently rebuilding. “Listen, whatever team I'm on is never rebuilding,” he said. “When you get Metta World, you're officially championship mentality.” That may have been the case a few years ago, but not anymore.

MWP has a history of saying bizarre and quirky things. He thanked his psychiatrist in an interview with Doris Burke after the 2010 NBA Finals. He name drops the city where he grew up in almost every interview. He never really answers the questions being asked, but instead goes off on random tangents. Whenever he gives an interview, he looks and sounds like a clown.

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3. His Rap Career

His Rap Career
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It's no real surprise that MWP thinks he can rap, many athletes think they can rap. Most of them aren't very good though and MWP is at the bottom of that list. He had minor success when his song, "Champions" was featured on the NBA2K11 soundtrack. That's about it. Besides, what kind of a rap name is World Peace?

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2. His Name Change

His Name Change
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Isn’t it ironic, that the player who started one of the worst brawls in sports history, changed his name to Metta World Peace? Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary of the infamous “Malice at the Palace,” where MWP (Ron Artest at the time), rushed into the stands and fought with fans. What a wonderful example he’s set for the world’s youth.

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1. His Attempt At Comedy

His Attempt At Comedy
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If any of you are comedy fans like myself, you may have seen the show "Key and Peele" on Comedy Central. It is one of my favorite shows and I was anxiously awaiting the new season. When the first episode aired, I was surprised to see MWP in his own skit titled “Metta World News.” I was so excited and had high hopes for his sketch comedy debut, only to be thoroughly disappointed. The skit was brainless, lacked humor and made me change the channel. I thought it was only going to be a one time deal, but every week MWP was on the TV screen blabbering on. Each time it got worse and worse until it got to the point where I just changed the channel whenever he was on. Check out one of his segments for yourself and tell me what you think.

MWP is better off sticking to basketball, although that hasn’t been working out too well either.