The Lakers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 20-point win over the last-place Cavaliers, thanks in large part to the return of Dwight Howard from a shoulder injury. But the real star of the show was Metta World Peace, who, with reporters gathered around his locker after the game, launched what Mark Medina of the Daily News called "an impromptu 10-minute comedy show."
Locker neighbor Chris Duhon settled into "the best seat in the house" as World Peace held court on the Cavs, the Lakers' team effort, the media, and, um, pissing pressure. First he cautioned everyone not to get too excited for a win over the 9-30 Cavs.
"I think every fan that's listening right now should just watch repeats of "Three's Company," World Peace said. "We're supposed to win this game. That's it. Turn the radio off and go watch a movie or something."
"Sorry, I don't mean to disrespect Cleveland, but we should win," World Peace said. "What am I supposed to say? We played great tonight? No. We're supposed to win. If I'm not mistaken."
"Ok? It's supposed to be against five rookies that don't know how to play the game," World Peace said. "They see Kobe and they're just excited to be in Staples Center. They partied last night. And we're supposed to win."
Then he turned on the reporters.
"You all converted to Clippers fans," World Peace said. "I know you guys. All you beat writers have Clippers badges."
World Peace then saw a foreign reporter with Chinese station "CCTV." World Peace believed it stood for "Clippers Channel TV."
He then looked at a reporter's credentials.
"You're with the Orange County Register, the rich part of L.A., reading your newspaper in Starbucks, wondering about Kobe Bryant and you forget about Earl Clark," World Peace said, laughing.
Finally, World Peace on how he's equipped to handle crunch time:
"Yes, you can always blame me," World Peace said. "I don't mind. That's why I'm here. Not everybody is built for that. Everybody is not built for that. They don't want the pressure. Not only do I want the pressure. I'm going to crush the pressure, bite the pressure and drink the pressure. Then piss it out."
Fantastic. There's a ton more, so check out the rest of World Peace's quotes or watch the video below.
Metta World Peace jokingly teases media about everything [Inside The Lakers]