Upon reading this news only one question came to mind. What the fuck took so long? No, a 35 year old Ron Artest, or 'Metta World Peace', or 'Panda Express', or 'Kung-Fu Panda', or whatever the fuck he goes by these days, isn't going to hop off a plane from China and contribute much. That's not the point. He's a storyline for a team that desperately needs one. Right not the only narrative to discuss is which grave they should dig first, the one for Kobe's career or the one for Swaggy P's corpse when he undoubtedly pisses off Kobe during the last season of his career?
Let's be clear, publicity isn't as important as winning, but winning is already out the window as a concern for this year's Lakers squad. At this point, they need to maintain a presence in a city where they have become second class citizens. Not only are the Clippers far better at basketball, but at this moment in time they have are far more interesting off the court as well. If there is anything that is nearly as important as success it is relevance, especially for a team that plays in Los Angeles. Is Metta World Peace going to make the Lakers better? FUCK NO. However, he's probably not going to make them worse. More importantly, he will definitely have a handful of nights where he does something stupid or funny enough to distract people from how bad the Lakers are at the sport they are paid handsomely to play. He would basically just fill the role of the shiny toy that you waive in front of a toddler when you want to make them stop crying. Given the lack of talent on the Lakers roster that role is more of a necessity than a luxury. Especially since there should be no shortage of tears when the Lakers take the floor in the Staples Center this year.
If you're a Lakers fan that is going to be forced to struggle through 82 games of misery, how could you not want this guy, and hopefully those shoes, there to lighten the mood?