Metta World Peace went on Conan last night as he continues to serve his seven-game suspension for an elbow to the head of James Harden. When Conan O'Brien asked him about the incident, World Peace said he still hasn't talked to Harden.
A video of the discussion about the elbow and its aftermath is embedded above. The man formerly known as Ron Artest gives his honest feelings about the entire situation.
World Peace has picked up a reputation as a dirty player on the court, and deservedly so. Even though he's toned down his antics in recent seasons, he probably understands why people view him in such a negative light.
That said, off the court he seems like a normal guy. The forward said he hasn't reached out to Harden because of a potential playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder in the next round, but contacted other people to make sure he was going to be fine.
Ultimately, World Peace's level of competitiveness gets him into trouble because it causes him to lose control of his emotions sometimes. It's like when he goes into a game and everything starts moving quickly, he makes some poor choices.
In a more relaxed atmosphere, however, he comes off completely different. World Peace said he hasn't put much thought into the punishment, likely because he knew something was coming after the immediate uproar the elbow caused.
He did go on to say it bothers him that former players are willing to go on television and talk bad about him, even though they know what type of person and player he is. Things like that bother him more than the suspension itself.
Overall, it's pretty interesting to hear World Peace's side of the story and nice to see he actually lives up to his new name off the court. Instead of whining about the punishment, he took it like a man and now is just waiting for his chance to return.
The Lakers need him to play like he was before the elbow to have a chance in the Western Conference. A series against the Thunder would surely have some extra drama, but World Peace has to keep his focus on basketball and not the other stuff.