NEW ORLEANS — The instant Metta World Peace cemented his name in the record books, the eccentric Lakers forward still maintained his same stoic look.
It happened in the Lakers’ 103-87 victory Wednesday over the New Orleans Hornets when World Peace became only the sixth player in NBA history to post 12,000 points, 4,000 rebounds, 1,000 three-point field goals and 1,500 steals. The same thing occurred when World Peace nailed his 1,000th three-pointer in the Lakers’ loss Sunday to the Orlando Magic.
No, World Peace isn’t oblivious to these milestones. He just professes he doesn’t care, even if his latest milestone links him to Kobe Bryant, Reggie Miller, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd and Paul Pierce to record such numbers.
“[Bleep] that. I want to win,” World Peace said. “That’s not even a real accomplishment. I didn’t reach for any numbers so those numbers aren’t real accomplishments. 1,000 3’s whatever. Those numbers mean nothing. If that was the case, I would’ve stayed at other teams I was with and average 20 points
World Peace reached those numbers once when he played for the Sacramento Kings in the 2006-07 season. But he largely welcomed the Kings trading him to the Houston Rockets so he could reunite with Rick Adelman, whom he views in equal regard as Phil Jackson whom helped him earn his first NBA championship.
World Peace’s scoring dropped to 17.5 points per game and initially started off the bench. But he soon made his way to the starting lineup 14 days later and helped the Rockets push a seven-game series against the Lakers in the 2009 Western Conference semifinals despite lacking the services of Yao Ming, Dikembe Mutombo and Tracy McGrady.
World Peace then joined the Lakers via the mid-level exception at a five-year, $33 million deal in hopes of winning an NBA title and teaming up with Kobe Bryant. Although he’s struggled at times adapting to a reduced role, World Peace’s Game 7 heroics in the 2010 NBA Finals played a large part in winning his first ring.
He’s currently averaging 12.9 points per game, his highest output with the Lakers in four seasons.
“I judge myself on winning,” World Peace said. “That’s it.”
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