Metta World Peace on LeBron: ‘He’s about to be in midseason form soon’

While the Los Angeles Lakers have gotten off to a slow start, 4-6 after 10 games, LeBron James, 33, is still playing at a very high level. The 14-time All-Star is averaging 26.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.7 apg.

Those numbers are good, yet former Laker Metta World Peace expects James to be even better as the season progresses.

“You got a preseason form, a midseason form, then you have playoff form,” World Peace told TMZ Sports. “And, he’s in beginning-of-the-season form. He’s about to be in midseason form soon.”

James will get his, but will the others being able to step up their play moving forward? That will be something to pay attention to as the season moves on, especially with the young talent on this roster that the Lakers are counting on to get better.

There have been some rumblings about Lakers head coach Luke Walton and his future with the team, but if the Lakers do continue to struggle, the blame should not go on Walton. This team is young and learning how to play winning basketball, and in the end, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka constructed this roster, so if things go wrong, Walton should not be the one to take the fall in Los Angeles.

 

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Metta World Peace on LeBron: ‘He’s definitely going to win a championship in L.A.’

The Lakers have high hopes right now, and most teams would have high expectations if they signed the best player in the league, which the Lakers did this summer when they added LeBron James.

With James, the Lakers should be a force in the Western Conference, and according to former Laker Metta World Peace, James will get a championship while with the Lakers, but not this season.

“He’s definitely going to win a championship in L.A,” World Peach told TMZ Sports. “He’s destined. When you’re destined, sometimes you’re the chosen one. You can tell when somebody is chosen, basketball-wise. I feel like not this year because I think Kevin Durant is going to three-peat. I think Kevin Durant might four-peat, quite honestly.”

I think World Peace is correct. The Lakers are not in a position to win to a title next season, but a championship the following season could happen if they make the right moves next offseason. After buying out Luol Deng, they will have the cap space to go after guys like Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, or maybe even Jimmy Butler.

Should be interesting to see if Earvin Johnson can work his Magic next summer.

Metta World Peace joins BIG3; Iverson returns

NEW YORK, NY – November 13, 2017 – The Killers 3s have made the first major move of the BIG3 off season with the signing of their new co-captain: Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace.  The announcement marks the first of eight anticipated co-captain signings, as the league previously announced expanded rosters in 2018 with each team adding an additional co-captain.  Artest, who legally changed his name to Metta World Peace will play under his former moniker, a name with a storied NBA history including a Championship title, an All-Star nod, and a Defensive Player of the Year Award.  He joins Chauncey Billups and former Indiana Pacers teammate Stephen Jackson on the Killer 3s.

Per league rules, Trilogy, the 2017 BIG3 Champions will return with their full inaugural season roster intact for 2018.  With Captain Kenyon Martin, Co-Captain Al Harrington and Coach Rick Mahorn signed to two year deals, the team has re-signed Rashad McCants, James White and Dion Glover.  Trilogy finished 2017 with a perfect 10-0 record and will seek to defend their championship title when the 2018 BIG3 season tips off next summer.  Trilogy will also add one new co-captain to their roster this offseason.

3 Headed Monsters, the 2017 runner-up, had the option to keep two of their original roster players, or release them all and fully redraft.  Captain Rashard Lewis and Coach Gary Payton opted to retain Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Kwame Brown.  They will also add an additional co-captain this off season.

Additionally, 25 players from the inaugural BIG3 season have already signed to the 2018 Draft Pool.  Among those eligible players are: Eddie Basden, Kareem Rush, Hakim Warrick, Ivan Johnson, Marcus Banks, Mo Evans, Paul McPherson, Rasual Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Kendall Gill, Moochie Norris, Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, Al Thornton, Ruben Patterson, David Hawkins, Lee Nailon, Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Xavier Silas, Derrick Byars, Desmon Farmer, Brian Cook, Eddie Robinson, and Larry Hughes.  Each team will fill their three remaining roster spots at the 2018 Draft.

The BIG3 earlier announced two-year agreements with 21 Player Captains, Co-captains and Coaches from the inaugural season including 2017 BIG3 MVP Rashard Lewis, 2017 BIG3 Champions Trilogy’s Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington and coach Rick Mahorn, Corey Maggette, Chauncey Billups, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, Brian Scalabrine, Jermaine O’Neal, Charles Oakley, Stephen Jackson, DerMarr Johnson, Jermaine O’Neal, Ricky Davis, Josh Childress, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams, Bonzi Wells, George “The Iceman” Gervin, and Rick Barry.

The league has also announced Allen Iverson will return as coach of 3’s Company and Mike Bibby has re-signed as captain of Ghost Ballers