If not for injuries, a swift coaching change and overlapping the agendas, the Lakers could be competing in the Western Conference Finals right now.
Instead, the Lakers are three weeks removed from an early first-round exit to the San Antonio Spurs, leaving them plenty of time on their hands. For Metta World Peace, that gave him an opportunity to play meteorologist recently on a Fox 11 telecast. The segment showed World Peace bouncing around, making goofy poses as he read off the temperatures of various cities that represent his teammates’ hometowns.
This shouldn’t catch anybody by surprise. World Peace appeared in a weather segment on a Canadian television station last summer, just one of many examples of his unpredictable nature.
But this may mark one of the last times that features World Peace doing such antics as a Laker. Although he hasn’t made an official decision yet, World Peace has been advised to exercise his $7.7 million player option to stay with the Lakers for the 2013-14 season. The Lakers, though, could waive him through the amnesty provision.
World Peace has until June 25 to make his move. For now, though, it’s clear he’s having fun with all his free time.
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