Metta World Peace is gone.
There were a lot of memories along the way, some highs and some lows.
MWP hit the three-pointer that put up L.A. up six with a minute left in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, delivered one of the most blatant fouls of the last decade, didn’t know that Dwight Howard went to the Houston Rockets over the summer, threw Trevor Ariza’s shoe into the stands, put out rap songs and openly talked about crying with his therapist.
But all in all, World Peace had fun.
During his time as a Laker, MWP averaged 9.9 points, four rebounds and two assists per game. After Peace's big three-pointer, the Lakers went on to beat the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, and Los Angeles never missed the playoffs with World Peace/Ron Artest on the roster.
(Side note: he was known as Ron Artest up until just before the 2011 season, when his name was officially changed to Metta World Peace. Rumor has it another name change is in the making, according to NBC.)
The Lakers used the amnesty clause on World Peace over the summer in order to clear out cap space to sign players like Wesley Johnson, Jordan Farmar, Chris Kaman and Nick Young. After a lot of deliberation—and bold claims that he was going to retire or play professionally in China—MWP was picked up by the Knicks, his first choice all along after getting amnestied.
Despite his occasionally erratic shooting, World Peace was a defensive stopper and did whatever he could to help the Lakers win.
After being a fan favorite for four seasons, it’s time to reflect on what Laker Nation will miss most about Metta World Peace.