Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace kisses fan following “hustle”
Metta World Peace knocked the ball out of bounds following a nifty block on Utah Jazz guard Gordan Hayward, who was driving the ball at the basket. As the Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace went to retrieve the ball from behind the basket, he spontaneously took the hand of a female fan nearby and kissed it before returning to the court. The whole Staples Center roared with laughter over the unexpected incident.
Teammate Dwight Howard, who was seated at the Los Angeles Lakers bench at the othe rend of the court was particularly entertained by Metta World Peace’s unplanned kiss.
Later, Metta World Peace stated that he’d been prompted to kiss the adoring fans eyes due to the silent message in her eyes, which clearly indicated she was thrilled by the well-executed block.
I just saw in her eyes that she liked the hustle," stated Metta World Peace after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 99-86 preseason loss to the Utah Jazz. "I saw it in her eyes. We made eye contact."
The former Ron Artest, who changed his name to Metta World Peace last year, always lends a light atmosphere to even the bleakest moments owing to his hilarious antics. Metta World Peace’s a show stealer at press conferences and a fan favorite due to his eccentric personality.
The hilarious kiss had everyone in good spirits and when Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown was later informed by a reporter that the woman, whose hand Metta World Peace kissed was pretty pleasing to the eyes, he called the forward a "smart fan".
However, Staples Center was again an opportunity for Metta World Peace to prove that he’s in better shape, much like the earlier days when he was at the peak of his career. Metta World Peace was spry across the court and scored 13 point and four assist on a 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the 3-pointer line. His superb conditioning has delivered some remarkable results, with Metta World Peace averaging 11.67 point on 50 percent shooting from the field over the course of three preseason games.
"I feel good that I can get to the basket and push it without getting tired. I can push multiple times to the basket,” stated Metta World Peace who weighed-in a drop of nearly 20 pounds at training camp. “I can go right a little bit more than last year and they don't know what's going on. I can help my team out more."
Last season Metta World Peace posted career-lows after averaging 7.7 points on 39 percent shooting from the field.