Metta World Peace will be making his first appearance in Oklahoma City since his infamous elbow to the back of James Harden’s head on April 22nd.
The college-like crowd has been gnashing at the teeth to boo Artest since his barbaric foul against their 6th Man of the Year.
Derek Fisher, the former point guard of the Lakers and current point guard of the Thunder said,
“The fans will be excited. I'm looking forward to being on this side of these fans this time at this point in the season. I can only imagine the amount of energy they have stored up. We'll have to properly use that energy. Can't get too caught up in it."
With Artest refusing to make amends with Harden because he’s a bench player, the two players figure to do more than shake hands tonight in a long awaited Game 1. After Sunday's practice, Harden said, "What can I say? The focus is going out there and doing whatever it takes to win. I'm not worried about him or what he has to say."
After serving his seven-game suspension, Metta World Peace displayed no signs of rust against the Denver Nuggets. But Danillo Gallinari is no James Harden. So, how will the polarizing Metta respond tonight to the torrential outpouring of boos, an angry James Harden, and the whole nation watching his every move?