Metta World Peace Throws the Hammer Down with Huge Dunk During Lakers Game

Andre KhatchaturianCorrespondent IIIDecember 28, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 27:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on December 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 96-71.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Metta World Peace AKA Ron Artest looked about 10 years younger when he threw the hammer down Tuesday night at Staples Center.

It definitely was not the most peaceful dunk ever. It was angry and with authority.

Check out the dunk here:


The dunk was awesome. But kudos to Kevin Harlan on the call. Somehow, it felt like he knew that he was going to take it to the rack and slam it home. 

World Peace put up his second straight solid performance with 14 points and five rebounds. It's this type of play from the Laker role players that's going to propel this team to the playoffs and beyond.

The team stepped up defensively once again, exemplifying the impact of Mike Brown's coaching on the team. But Metta World Peace, Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy have a lot to do with the team's defensive success. 

Laker fans hope that Artest...err, Metta World Peace can continue to produce like he has been during the last three games. It's certainly even a better sign for the Lakers that he played so well during the third game of a back-back-to-back. 

If World Peace and the other Lakers can play like this more often and smash opponents, they can destroy, then the team will be able to rest Kobe Bryant. This will mean wonders in a condensed schedule for the team as a whole.

Finally, that name change looks like it was a great idea thanks to Kevin Harlan's superb broadcasting.