What Can Lakers Expect From World Peace?

What Can Lakers Expect From World Peace?

In April, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace averaged 14.1 points on 47 percent shooting, tossing in over four rebounds a game despite playing just 32 minutes a contest, and not really being asked to do much outside of defending the best wing player and not put up crazy stats. Three weeks into that month, Metta World Peace did something ridiculously crazy — carelessly bashing Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden with an elbow, and he was suspended seven games as a result, beginning with his team's final regular-season win. With the Lakers due to play the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of their opening-round series, holy crap, Metta World Peace is coming back. He's actually allowed to play.

The Lakers need a shot in the arm. Andrew Bynum is moping through plays, nobody can stay in front of the Nuggets' guards, Pau Gasol isn't working his way toward good looks, and the team's rotation is severely lacking. Always a top-heavy outfit, the Lakers have now lost two straight to the Nuggies because of the steep falloff in production once you move beyond Kobe Bryant, Bynum and Gasol. World Peace would seem to fit wonderfully, there.

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