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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is unhappy with World Peace

Thunder Lakers Metta World Peace Ejected Basketball

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Metta World Peace was called for a double flagrant foul and ejected from the game in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Laker great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took to the web to reflect on what he calls the "regression" of Metta World Peace and the "difficult reputation rebuild" ahead.

Abdul-Jabbar, critical of World Peace's sometimes violent tendencies, says "he can't seem to figure out who he wants to be," remarking that it's impossible to determine which Metta World Peace one might encounter: the "thoughtful athlete" or the player who delivered a full-force, concussion-causing elbow to the temple of a competitor.

The NBA all-time point earner and former coach says he has "agonized" over Metta World Peace's unpredictable, severe actions, and believes that despite genuine efforts to rehab his image, the reality of his behavior can't be ignored.

"In a moment with a blow to James Harden's head, Metta World Peace undid a lot of goodwill he'd earned in recent years," said Abdul-Jabbar on ESPN.com.


3 sports without strikes or lockouts

UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira

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UFC fighter Antonio Nogueira (L) battles UFC fighter Randy Couture (R) during their Heavyweight bout at UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira at the Rose Garden Arena on August 29, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.

The first two weeks of the NBA's season have been canceled after failed negotiations between owners and players. What's a fan of the Lakers — or any of the NBA's other teams — to do? Here's a look at a few other sports that haven't faced lockouts or strikes.


While there have been soccer strikes in other nations, soccer is such an international sport that it's less dependent on any nation's labor laws, so you're likely to be able to watch world class soccer at almost any point. Here in the United States, there is a Major League Soccer players union, but they have yet to strike. Major League Soccer was founded in 1993, with the union founded in 2003, so they haven't been around long. In 2010, contentious negotiations did raise the possibility of a strike, but eventually a 5-year agreement was reached.