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Metta World Peace uses reporter as prop to express issues with leagues flopping policy

10/3/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace always has an entertaining way to get his message through.
 
On a day when the NBA officially announced fines against flopping, Metta World Peace complained against the league’s policy at length and cited several issues that served new penalties as more of a joke than a solution to the problem.
 
"You can't just take somebody's money for adjusting to how the (NBA) adjusted the rules," complained Metta World Peace. "I don't really care, to tell you the truth. It has nothing to do with me. I don't flop…But for players who do flop, I feel badly if they get fined."
 
However, Metta World Peace acknowledged that repeat floppers often set the initial pleasant atmosphere of the game to a bad tone. 
 
Metta World Peace figured that referees should keep a handle on the charges they so readily appoint at even the least significant (and often intentionally orchestrated) sign of trouble.
 
"If I ran into you right now with full force, you'd probably move back a little bit first," Metta World Peace tried to establish his point. "You're not even an NBA basketball player."
 
A few reporters at Los Angeles Lakers’ practice Wednesday came to Metta World Peace’s rescue, by jokingly suggesting that he should try a practical demonstration on a New York Times reporter Mark Medina also present at the scene.
 
And you guessed it! The highly eccentric, but still hilarious and lovable Metta World Peace enthusiastically agreed.
 "Don't flop," shouted out Metta World Peace before charging at the poor reporter. "Stand and be a man."
 
And Lo, behold the resilience of an ordinary man who refused to inch back, as Metta World Peace’s beastly 6-7, 255-pound frame collided with the reporter, and skidded back only a few steps after the impact, but still standing on his two feet.
 
"Did you see that?" cried out an astonished Metta World Peace to a bunch of over-joyed members of the media. "He's a reporter!"
 
And so, the theory was put through a second round of test as the brave reporter again took his stance. Metta World Peace charged towards him and this time the reporter was dragged a little further but still perfectly maintained his balance.
 
"He's a reporter!" Metta World Peace jubilantly exclaimed. "Are you kidding me?! I'll see you guys later."
 
And that my friends was a lesson to how the some NBA players can quit fooling around during games and avoid the wrath of the NBA with a $5,000 first-time penalty, that can go up to a suspension on the sixth-repeat offense.
 
In his own unconventional way, Metta World Peace proved that the referees don’t need to be aching to charge fines on the players if they correctly judge the situation and implement the rules.
 
"If the guy falls, you lay the ball up.”It's that simple,” argued Metta World Peace. “There is no call. Get out of here and get up.”
 
“When guys flop, you have to adjust,” Metta World Peace further established. “Sometimes you do. But the refs should make that call."
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