"How is he going to handle it?" is the likely question, or some semblance of it, when Metta World Peace takes the court for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second round series of the NBA Playoffs. After beating the Denver Nuggets in game seven on Sunday night to advance, the Lakers were immediately asked questions about how Metta World Peace would handle playing against James Harden. The answers can only come when tip-off takes place.
"My concern is executing the coaches' game plan and that's what my concern is," World Peace said when asked if he had any thoughts about facing Harden for the first time since hitting him with an elbow and causing a concussion. World Peace served a seven game suspension for the blow.
"I don't want support for what I did," World Peace said. "I still love my fans, but I don't want to be supported for (that). Even though he came and ran up behind me and he's done that before to Tyson Chandler and other players and he flopped even in the series (against Dallas) in the first round, but I don't want support for that."
The series kicks off Monday night at OKC.