The Lakers won their fifth straightTuesday night, and while it didn't help their chances of securing a top three pick in the draft, they had fun in victory. The celebration came after 37-year-oldNBA veteran
Ron Artest Metta World Peacescored a team-high 18 points against the Pelicans.
World Peace, who has appeared in just 23 games this season, played an extended role Tuesday night in the Lakers' final home game this season. He was on the court for 25 minutes and went 7-for-17 from the field.
The scene wasslightlyreminiscent of the one surroundingKobe Bryant last year when the team sent the retiring superstar out with a bang. There was one difference, though.
Teammates doused Metta. Same thing happened to Kobe on his last game except 1 difference. Metta: "Kobe got Dom Pérignon. I got ice water."— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) April 12, 2017
World Peace was doused with water by his teammates after the game.
"It was freezing. I was in shock. I could’ve died,"he said,via the Orange County Register."It was a great feeling, though. I’m not going to lie."
This could beWorld Peace's final season in the NBA, even though he's not entirely ready to give it up. He said after the game he still feels he has a few more seasons left in himbut realizes other teams may not feel that way.
"I won’t be able to make any decision until everybody else in the NBA makes their decisions,"he said. "I’m the last on the list."
He had a small chance of making the Lakers this season, so it's unlikely they bring him back. Despite being a veteran leader and a fan favorite, he can bring only so much to a team trying to rebuild.
If this is the end, then he had a fun final game in L.A.