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Metta World Peace Reveals That He Lived the High Life While Celebrating the Lakers’ 2020 Championship

Metta World Peace, AKA Ron Artest, AKA Metta Sandiford-Artest, has been one of the more interesting personalities to ever play in the NBA. It is hard to know what he is going to say, which keeps people on their toes. Well, like many other people, Metta World Peace, who now goes by Metta Sandiford-Artest after marrying Maya Sandiford, revealed that he was extremely excited when LeBron James and the LA Lakers won their recent NBA championship. He celebrated in a big way too.

LeBron James and the LA Lakers won the 2020 NBA championship

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The 2020 NBA season was very, very long. Teams not only had to deal with the season getting suspended due to COVID-19, but it was also almost boycotted to make a stand against social injustices in America. The playoffs — and the seeding games prior to the playoffs — were all also played in a bubble, and this is all on top of the NBA world mourning the loss of the legendary Kobe Bryant.

So, it was a tough year for all of the players in the league, which made winning the championship that much harder. The LA Lakers, however, ended the season on top.

After earning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Lakers ran through the Western Conference to reach the NBA Finals. They ultimately defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and Denver Nuggets all in five games in each of the first three rounds.

Then in the Finals, they faced a tough opponent in Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat, as the Heat took them to six games. LA ended up winning the championship, though, to cap off the 2019-20 season. With the win, James won his fourth NBA title and his fourth NBA Finals MVP award.

So, James, the Lakers, and Lakers fans certainly have a reason to celebrate. Sandiford-Artest, though, is also pretty excited.

Metta Sandiford-Artest revealed how he celebrated the Lakers winning the title

Many people have been celebrating the Los Angeles Lakers' recent NBA championship. This includes former Lakers star Metta World Peace.
Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks during the postgame press conference after Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 17, 2010. | Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

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Sandiford-Artest has plenty of reasons to celebrate. He had a pretty decorated NBA career in his own right. Well, he found another reason to celebrate recently when the Lakers won the championship. He celebrated in a big way too.

“I was just home and sparked a blunt,” Sandiford-Artest said to USA Today Sports. “I was partying the whole day by myself with two or three close friends. We sparked — I don’t even know — maybe 10 blunts. We had a great time. I deserved it. The Lakers won. It was crazy. It felt like I won.” 

It sounds like he had a pretty good time. Don’t worry, though. It appears that he was safe during his celebration.

“I try not to indulge like I used to when I could go out,” he said, according to USA Today. “But I had a really good time in the house.”

Metta World Peace also had a legendary Lakers career

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The last time the Lakers won a championship prior to this season, Sandiford-Artest played a crucial role in them winning it.

After having some good seasons with the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings, where he averaged as many as 20.5 points per game in a season for the Kings, Sandiford-Artest went to the Lakers in 2009. In his first season in LA in 2009-10, he won a championship with Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers ultimately played the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals that year, and the Celtics took them to seven games. With about a minute left in Game 7, the Lakers led 76-73 when Sandiford-Artest made a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to six. LA ultimately won the game 83-79 to win the championship.

That shot alone made him a legend in LA.

Metta World Peace certainly played a big part in the Lakers’ past. Now, he is just celebrating the Lakers’ present.

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