Metta World Peace Booed Loudly by OKC Thunder Crowd Prior to Game 1

Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerMay 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the third quarter while taking on the Denver Nuggets in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
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Has World Peace ever been booed so harshly before?

Metta World Peace, that is.

After he delivered that brutal elbow to Sixth Man of the Year James Harden's head and gave him a concussion, the Oklahoma City Thunder faithful are not fans of World Peace. They let him know it prior to the Game 1 tipoff on their court, too.

Check out the chilly reception he received from the Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd when he was shown on the Jumbotron during pregame warmups for their Western Conference semifinals opener.


Of course, a little booing isn't going to hurt World Peace. This is the guy who saw a player get stabbed and killed with a table leg over a scoring dispute during a YMCA tournament in New York. Words are not going to affect him.

In a pregame interview on TNT, he said he's been looking forward to hitting the court in Oklahoma City and that the crowd's reception would "be fun."

Here's the video, courtesy of @eyeonbasketball: