Vintage Metta World Peace & his elbows showed up at the VBL | rants & recruits new team on Twitter
David AstramskasAka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.
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I remember Kenny Smith once saying (and i’m paraphrasing) that a NBA player only wants to do 2 things when they play in a summer game: have fun and not get injured. The problem is when these pro players compete against “non-pros,” the pro is playing with a big X on their back that everybody wants to show up and/or beat. It’s understandable why and understandable that it can get annoying for the pro player who isn’t playing like it’s GM7 of the NBA finals to have to face competition that’s acting like they are fighting for a NBA contract.
This past weekend, Metta World Peace, his elbows and his (not so great) team played and lost in another game at the great Venice Beach League (VBL). It wasn’t the loss that annoyed and almost turned Metta into vintage Ron Artest, but the rough play that he had to endure from the very physical and talented opposition. Metta responded to the rough play with 30 points and a few baby shoves that I kept thinking was a sign that Metta was about to turn green or go full Ron Artest and give us a sequel to the Malice at the Palace.
Metta then went to Twitter to (rightfully) rant about the game and try to recruit for his next game at the VBL.
I love seeing vintage Metta and be reminded of how much I miss Ron Artest and I’m also glad to see that he’s not retiring yet.
So in honor of Metta, let’s take a look at his “greatest hits.”