Metta World Peace was in a cheery mood following the Lakers’ 113-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday night, but that didn’t stop him from jokingly taking shots at the local media.
From Mark Medina’s Inside the Lakers blog:
“I blame the media,” World Peace said. “Let’s talk. I blame you guys. First off, you have low expectations for us. You’re trying to get a great quote.”
He then stands up mocking his a reporter’s voice. “Your defense was GREAT TONIGHT!!”
“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.”
“I blame you guys for the low expectations,” World Peace continued. “Then I blame you guys for not promoting the team. Too many times, you talk about great players and then a team comes in here and beats us because you don’t promote team.”
The media wouldn’t have such low expectations if the Lakers actually lived up to the expectations that Kobe and Co. set when the team acquired Dwight Howard in the offseason.
Something tells me World Peace’s tone won’t be as jovial if the Lakers are still under .500 a month from now.
[H/T NBC4 for the video]