Pranks for World Peace’s hidden-camera show
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
This won’t end well.
Someone has decided that giving Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers’ defensive specialist, rapper and fan-puncher, his own hidden-camera show is a good idea. Metta World Pranks (OK, the name does a lot to justify the premise) will feature professional athletes getting Punk’d. At least Ashton Kutcher isn’t involved.
“Pranking and practical jokes are part of the athletic culture, so it comes naturally to Metta,” said Eric Schotz, president and CEO of LMNO Productions, via Deadline.com. “Metta has a great sense of humor and this show will be a natural vehicle for him to showcase a side of his personality we don’t get to see on the court.”
But do we really want to see that side of his personality? On first blush, absolutely. World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, is one of the most transparent athletes in the world. He’s talked about his mental health and rough background and many mistakes on the court. He’s unfailingly humble. The guy has as much charm as he has swagger, which is how he carried (OK, played a bit part in) a Lifetime movie.
But he may need our help, people. So let’s see if we can come up with a few potential pranks for World Peace to pull on fellow NBA players and prominent sports figures:
• Tell Kobe Bryant his first four seasons don’t count. NBA Commissioner David Stern can sit down with the Lakers star and explain that he should have gone to Duke after all, and the league won’t allow his first four seasons’ statistics to count toward his career totals. That means 4,240 fewer points and one fewer title, all but eliminating him from passing Michael Jordan.
• Seduce Brent Musburger. Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, whom the ABC announcer drooled over during the Bowl Championship Series title game, is making her way into television. Maybe she would do it. If not, there’s always Jenn Sterger.
• Cover most of a basketball with super glue, then quickly get it to Lakers point guard Steve Nash. The prolific passer won’t be able to get rid of the ball, … [For more on 8 pranks for Metta World Peace's new hidden-camera show, click here.]