Metta World Peace Predicts Lakers Will Win 62 Games This Season...Seriously

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIJanuary 1, 2013

December 14, 2012; Washington, DC, USA;  Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) talks with  Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni (r) against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Metta World Peace has predicted that the Los Angeles Lakers will win 62 games this season, according to Lakers beat writer Mark Medina at Inside SoCal.

For those who believe this is out of the blue, it isn't. MWP had previously told ESPN Los Angeles that the goal was to go 73-9 in 2012-13 (via Sports Radio Interviews).

With the Lakers having started at 15-15, that dream is an impossibility. Apparently, 62 games is not.

Medina has the story:

World Peace predicted the Lakers would finish off the last 52 games of the regular season with the same winning percentage (.890) a 73-9 team would over a full season.

I told World Peace the percentage right away...the Lakers would have to go 47-5 in the remaining 52 games to finish 62-20.

'That’s no problem,' World Peace said with a laugh, knowing how ridiculous his prediction sounds. 'That’s the easiest thing I’ve heard all life.'

A crazy prediction by MWP. Isn't it?

If any team has the talent to win 47 of 52 games, it is the Los Angeles Lakers. They'd played a majority of this season with either Steve Nash or Pau Gasol injured.

The team went 3-5 when both were absent from December 4, 2012 to December 16, 2012.

With both in the rotation, the Lakers' luck has changed. In fact, they've won six of their past seven games.

That creates a win percentage of .857. Over the span of their next 52 games, that would equate to a record of 45-7.

Close enough to 47-5, is it not?

The seemingly outrageous question is, can they actually pull it off? Or is World Peace just off his rocker?

With the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Nash, Gasol and MWP, there is no reason they can't. There is also no reason to believe they will, as winning 47 of their next 52 is as improbable as the theory that they'd miss the playoffs.

I say this as the Lakers sit at 15-15 and half-a-game behind the eighth-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves.

Whether or not MWP's latest prediction is going to come to fruition has yet to be seen. What is clear, however, is that the Lakers have a confidence that they had lost earlier this season.

Winning 62 games may be unlikely, but it is not impossible. Hit the comments section and let us know if you think L.A. can do it.