The words “World Peace” would usually only make a super-villian cringe, but when they are preceded by the word “Metta,” Indiana Pacers fans tend to have annoyed to angry reactions.
But Metta World Peace, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest at the time of The Incident, wants to make amends with Indianapolis fans, and to Detroit as well.
The whole interview is worth watching (as almost any interview with Larry King is worth watching), but towards the end World Peace talks about making amends, something he’s also done with the man who really started the brawl.
In the final segment of the interview, Metta World Peace is asked if he could win a championship for any city, what city would that be.
“There are two teams I’d like to win the championship for: Number one would be Indiana. Great owner, a team that kinda sparked my career. Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh, they helped me out a lot.”
“The second would be Detroit… Because of the brawl, and I thought it would be an amazing story to win the championship for Detroit.”
I could list plenty of reasons why there is no chance in hell of this happening, but would Pacers fans be willing to cheer for World Peace if he were wearing a Pacers jersey?