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Metta World Peace won’t be fist-bumping Harden because he’s a reserve, apparently

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder lies on the floor after being elbowed by Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on April 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Metta World Peace will not be reaching out to James Harden in Game 1 regarding that whole “elbowing him in the head and knocking him unconscious” bit that happened last month.

From the L.A. Times:

World Peace has not spoken to Harden since elbowing him in the second quarter of the Lakers 114-106 double-overtime victory April 22.

He didnt expect to greet him before the game.

“He doesnt start. I only fist-bump the starting five,” World Peace said. “I don’t fist-bump subs.”


via Lakers get Metta World Peace back for Game 7 - latimes.com.

Nice.

It should be noted that the whole “fist-bump/hug” thing is only done by starters. So if MWP is just being literal, then fine. You’d think he’d say “I’m not NOT going to, I’m just not going to go out of my way.” This didn’t really sound like that, but that’s up for interpretation.

I get the whole “not being friendly with the enemy” thing. It’s a little absurd considering how chummy these guys were during the lockout and how they could wind up playing on the same team at any moment, but sure. MWP came off the bench in 19 of his 64 games this season. So why throw the jab? Is he not going to fist-bump Manu Ginobili? Again, he’s being honest from a literal context, it just seems an awful lot like looking down at a guy he nearly knocked out.

You can say it’s just a benign comment about how players fist-bump on the floor before the game, but given what we know of the growing dislike between the two teams, it doesn’t seem like it.

This series is going to be full of love and warmth, I can tell.