The Los Angeles Lakers decided to waive/"amnesty" Metta World Peace on Thursday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, but the outspoken and still slightly off-kilter forward seems to be taking the whole thing well. In fact, he's already considering new hobbies.
I'm retiring and playing hockey— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 12, 2013
Hey, it always helps to have enforcers on the ice. It's hardly a stretch to imagine World Peace dropping the gloves and wailing away on some unsuspecting opponent.
I'm playing for the LA kings— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 12, 2013
Does anyone know if he can skate?
MWP may not need to start thinking about switching sports just yet, though. Although his salary was a bit too rich for the Lakers' luxury-taxed payroll, the bruising forward still has value as a rotation player. On the right team and in the right role, World Peace could still be serviceable on an NBA team.
And if he can't find a good fit with a team he likes—his hometown New York Knicks, for example—there's always the option of taking his talents overseas for a quick and easy payday.
It's almost never a good idea to pattern one's life after Stephon Marbury, but in this case, heading to China to dominate lesser competition and cash checks doesn't sound so bad.
I'm going to play for Yao Mings team in china! I can't wait to arrive in Shanghai !!— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 11, 2013
Of course, with his children's book on shelves all over the country and his budding TV career showing promise, maybe a complete departure from sports is in the cards for World Peace.
I just amnestied my IPhone 3. I had it way too long. What phone should I get next?— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 11, 2013
And then there was this one:
Clearly, World Peace saw the writing on the wall in Los Angeles. To his credit, he handled the situation with class.
Ok. I have to amnesty my jeans. Their too tight. I think I might waive my tooth brush also. I need a new one— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 10, 2013
It sounds condescending to congratulate a man in his 30s on acting like a grownup, but we're talking about the artist formerly known as Ron Artest. A quick scan down his NBA rap sheet, or his often bizarre Twitter feed, shows that signs of maturity shouldn't be taken for granted.
Mitch Called me first.. Thanks— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 11, 2013
Finally, MWP won't be leaving the Lakers without a little love from an unlikely source.Metta. May your elbows forever find their targets and your jumpers forever be ill-advised.