In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise. We understand that it’s not the basketball you may have been hoping for, but for the time being, it’s the closest we’ll get to reading about the Lakers on a basketball court.
NOVEMBER 13, 1979
METTA WORLD PEACE BORN
It’s time to take another break from your daily Lakers history lesson and have some cake, some Hennessy, and maybe some psychiatry sessions because today is Metta World Peace’s birthday! Born a week after his childhood buddy and teammate Lamar Odom, World Peace turns 32 today.
World Peace came into the league at age 19 with the Chicago Bulls, playing for four teams across ten years before joining the Lakers after their 2009 NBA Championship over the Orlando Magic. Stepping in the small forward spot vacated by Trevor Ariza’s departure, World Peace would win an NBA championship in 2010, coming up with 20 points in Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. World Peace would average career lows across the board in his two years with the Lakers, but the age that has slowed him offensively has made him calmer and wiser; the 2010-11 season marked the first year in World Peace’s career that he had played in all 82 games.
Metta World Peace has been busy during the NBA lockout with careers in dancing, comedy, film and his infamous name change. With no NBA games to slow him down, we at Laker Nation wish Metta World Peace a safe and happy birthday!