The Good, Bad and Absurd Moments of Metta World Peace’s LA Lakers Tenure

Metta World Peace has played in his last game with the Los Angeles Lakers, who will use their amnesty provision on the forward according to the Orange Country Register's Kevin Ding, ending a magnificent,  absurd stretch in Lakers history.

The Lakers will save nearly $30 million in salary and luxury tax payments, which seems beneficial during a season in which the Lakers seem extremely unlikely to contend for a title, or even a playoff spot.

World Peace's last game with the Lakers was a 17-minute night against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs. Cut short due to a balky knee, World Peace went scoreless and otherwise notched just a single assist.

So ends the four-year stretch of perhaps the strangest player ever to don a Los Angeles Lakers uniform.

In order to commemorate his stretch with Los Angeles, during which time the Lakers brought home an NBA championship, let's take a look back at the greatest moments in World Peace's time with the Lakers.


The Good

Obviously, the first thing we're going to have to mention is the Game 7 three-pointer that World Peace (then Ron Artest) nailed to all but seal the game against the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals.

However, before we get to that point, let's revive the memory of just a few weeks before, when World Peace gave the Lakers a Game 5 win over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals.

Kobe Bryant barely nicked the rim on a tightly contested three-pointer from the corner, but Artest was there to gather it in and put back the game-winner.

A few weeks later, Artest was the hero yet again, knocking down an ill-advised three-pointer that took the air out of Staples Center and then blew the roof off.

It was the biggest moment of the man's career and seemingly redemption for the mistakes he made while a part o...

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