Trade rumors involving Lakers forward Metta World Peace swirled before the NBA draft. The team reportedly was open to trading the 13-year veteran for a late first-round pick.
But as the draft reached its final picks Thursday, World Peace was still wearing yellow and purple. The always unpredictable player also decided it was time he stole the spotlight from the team's front office.
From 11:38 p.m. Thursday to 9:33 a.m. Friday, World Peace sent a plethora of outrageous tweets to his 415,000-plus Twitter followers. He spoke of trade rumors, his old name, a celebrity crush, his comedy career and more. While Lakers' management toiled with his future in the green room at the Draft, World Peace toyed with cyberspace.
The following is a timeline of his tweets with an attempted (you never really know with Metta) explanation for each.
11:18 p.m.: It's tweet rage time!!!
Explanation: Metta is very outspoken. He also likes to "rage" (See: Drinking Hennessey at halftime). He is announcing his intentions to rage in cyberspace through outspoken tweets.
11:20 p.m.: Wow That's a crazy trade!!!!! Did yal just see that.. Turn to CNN. They have the exclusive . I'm pissed
Explanation: Many insignificant trades took place Thursday night. World Peace is likely saying this as sarcasm. He is also likely trying to make a joke by saying, "Turn to CNN." But if that's the punch line ...
11:35 p.m.: Wow I just got a text.. Yal gonna love this trade.. I can't say; my law firm told me hush.. This is like "wow" in a blonde girls voice
Explanation: Metta may or may not actually know about a trade involving himself or other players. World Peace has had a sticky background with the laws, which explains his being in communication with a law firm. The law firm likely tries to keep Metta's outspokenness to a minimum. He does not speak of the trade details here, but he instead stereotypes against blonde females.
11:37 p.m.: The trade has to involve a Midwest city that breeds beef and a major city that breeds stress Amazing I can't say or I'm done
Explanation: Metta is again referring to this alleged trade he has heard about. The Midwest is full of states with plains for cattle grazing, so the first part is very general. The second part is too. Most major cities stress people out. Again, Metta explains he cannot reveal the details of this trade.
11:39 p.m.: Did yal know when I eat at restaurants I bang my sporks until my entree comes out first at record times?
Explanation: OK, so Metta says he makes noise with utensils as a tool to speed up the restaurant's food service. But sporks? Is Metta toting a sack lunch on a field trip?
11:40 p.m.: I got traded for usher back up dancer. But I'll be damn if I cooperate on stage while usher is singing "Caught Up" I'll b disruptive
Explanation: Usher is a famous American artist known for his gifted dancing ability. Metta jokes he has been traded for a member of Usher’s dance team. Metta seems to infer he would learn his role as a back-up dancer, but would not follow along during performances of the song "Caught Up." "Caught up" is a song on Usher's 2004 album "Confessions." World Peace says he would be "destructive," likely meaning he would act chaotic and violent on stage.
11:41 p.m.: I got traded for a bucket of KFC. Mitch is hungry and said "the hell with it; trade Ron for the bucket" But I kept the fries.
Explanation: Mitch Kupchak is the general manager of the Lakers who is currently fielding offers to trade World Peace. In this theoretical trade, Kupchak exchanges World Peace to an undisclosed recipient (likely KFC) for a meal. World Peace manages to gain possession of the fries included in the “bucket of KFC." This is all going off the assumption "Ron" is an allusion to Metta's birth name, Ron Artest. There are many hypotheses for why Metta uses the name "Ron" in this tweet. Maybe Kupchak still refers to him as "Ron." Maybe he mistakenly referred to himself by his former name. Or maybe he is talking about a different individual named Ron, although this is highly unlikely.
11:42 p.m.: I got traded for skip Bayless. He gonna live his dream of pro ball. I'll be doing shirtless interviews in Espn wit my chest hairs permed!
Explanation: Metta describes a situation in which he is traded to ESPN for controversial commentator Skip Bayless. He explains Bayless would get "his dream" of playing professional basketball, while Metta would be doing interviews on ESPN. Metta predicts he will do interviews for the network without a shirt on and he will get a perm for his chest hairs.
11:43 pm.: I got traded for MJ. Jordan to the lakers at 45 . 6 man of the year. I run the bob cats with live bob cat half time shows. Kiss the cat
Explanation: Michael Jordan is majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats . Metta claims he has been traded for Jordan. He also says, "Jordan to the lakers at 45.” Jordan is 49 years old and the 45th pick was held by the 76ers, who traded the pick (Justin Hamilton) to the Heat, so why World Peace referred to the number 45 is odd. He might be referring to Jordan wearing the number at one point in the mid-90s. The number 45 aside, Metta appears to predict a Sixth Man of the Year Award in Jordan's future as a back-up to Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. World Peace also predicts as owner of the Bobcats (which he refers to as two words), he will include live bobcats in the home halftime shows. The bobcat is a vicious predator that will, according to Wikipedia, "hunt anything from insects and small rodents to deer."
11:44 p.m.: I traded for a new York city quarter water and some Cheetos...
Explanation: Metta was born and raised in the Queens borough of New York City. New York City is known for its street corner convenience stores, also known as "bodegas." "Quarter waters" are small, cheap flavored water bottles sold at bodegas. Although the price of these drinks has risen to 35 cents since Metta's childhood, they would have been 25 cents in his Queens days.
11:45 p.m.: I got traded for 15 7-11 slurpies. "cheers" Thanks Metta
Explanation: Nice reference to the Slurpee, a frozen flavored drink sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores. In this deal, Metta is traded for 15 of the beverages, and yes, he thanks himself in the third person.
11:46 p.m.: I got traded back to the hood for for handcuffs , so if I ever try to play again I will be arrested for wreck less walking
Explanation: Metta's home neighborhood in Queens during his childhood was in the Queensbridge projects, a low-end neighborhood in New York City. World Peace says he is getting traded back to this "hood" life for handcuffs. The rest of this tweet does not make much sense, although it appears he is saying if the NBA has handcuffs now, he would be arrested if he ever played again. Why "wreck less walking?" Maybe he is referring to traveling?
11:48 p.m.: I don't run no more. I suck at basketball. All I do is limp and walk wreck less and accidentally run over popcorn guys "so sorry" dumb voice
Explanation: Metta takes some time away from the trade talks to address his physical ability. He appears to have a lack of confidence in saying he does not run anymore, but instead only walks recklessly and lacks basketball skills. He claims he accidentally runs over the popcorn guy, but apologizes in a dumb voice (through cyberspace).
11:49 p.m.: I'm so pissed I got traded for a monk to bring zen back to LA. Now I'm in china looking like a gangsta monk
Explanation: Back to the trade rumors, Metta says he has been traded for a Chinese monk. The reason for the Lakers making the trade is to bring lost Zen, a school of Mahayana Buddhism, back in the culture of the city of Los Angeles. World Peace feels out of place in his new home among Chinese Buddhist monks because he looks like a "gangsta" monk. World Peace and Chinese Buddhist monks come from very different backgrounds.
11:49 p.m.: I traded for sanity
Explanation: Metta is lying.
11:50 p.m.: I got traded for world peace. They said I'm too wreck less. Can u believe this?? I sure can't. #teamunacceptable
Explanation: Metta's new last name is World Peace, although many people believe that Metta lacks peacefulness. In this trade, he is being exchanged for world peace. The reasoning: World Peace was too reckless and unpredictable, so he is being replaced by a tamer world peace. Metta is in shock.
11:51 p.m.: I got traded for tyrese Gibson . I get to star in the next Transformers. " yo bumble bee. Stop acting like a b..h"
Explanation: Now Metta is traded for Tyrese Gibson, an actor who plays the part of USAF Chief Master Sergeant Robert Epps in the "Transformers" movies. Metta says as Gibson's part, he would tell Bumblebee, a character in the films, to stop being a certain word.
11:52 p.m.: I got traded for Charles Barkley. Homie need that ring. And I love to talk about dumb things and never make sense.. #teameasytransition
Explanation: Charles Barkley, considered one of the greatest players of all-time to never win a championship, would have a chance to win his first title as a Laker if traded for World Peace. Barkley is also known for saying outspoken remarks on television. Metta believes he could do this, as well.
11:53 p.m.: I got traded for Ron artest. He smacked me on the way out of staple center for no reason. I'm suing everybody
Explanation: Ron Artest is Metta World Peace's former name. The Lakers play at the Staples Center. Somehow, Metta has been traded for himself, and he is filing a law suit against everyone.
11:55 p.m.: I can't wait to kick Ron artest ass. He hit me
Explanation: World Peace plans to fight his old identity (who initiated a fight by hitting him) or he could be talking in the third person about fighting himself.
?11:56 p.m.: Ron , your mine sucka.. You think Metta is nice right.. ??? I'm talking to u sucka
Explanation: Metta is talking to himself. He tells his old identity, Ron, he is not as kind as he seems. In other words, the last name World Peace does not make him nice. One could speculate Metta World Peace may soon bring back "Ron Artest" as his alter ego.
11:58 p.m.: I got traded for Dave chappelle.. I get to tell jokes.. He is immediately entered into the drug program:) Guilty by being guilty
Explanation: Dave Chappelle is a stand-up comedian. Metta would enjoy his job telling jokes. However, World Peace predicts Chappelle, who tells jokes about drug use, would be put into the NBA's drug rehabilitation program if in the NBA.
11:59 p.m.: I got traded for Fredrick Weiss.. I think he ready now..#comeonson
Explanation: Maybe the most underrated tweet of the night, this post comes with a rich history. With the 15th pick of the 1999 NBA Draft, the Knicks chose Frédéric Weis of France over World Peace. World Peace had starred for St. John's in Queens the previous season, and many New Yorkers were frustrated the Knicks passed on World Peace for Weis. World Peace was taken by the Bulls the following pick. Weis never played and an NBA game and is best known for being dunked over by Vince Carter at the 2000 Olympics. In this tweet, World Peace jokes he is being traded for Weis, who is finally ready to play in the NBA. Weis, who played in Europe for 16 seasons, retired from professional basketball in 2011.
11:59 p.m.: I traded from my household.. Wife said even I can't deal with you. #teamdamndamndamn
Explanation: Not much of an explanation needed here. Metta was kicked out of his house for being himself. As a side note, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge involving a dispute with his wife in 2007.
12:00 a.m.: My girlfriend left me for the future first round pick #teamthisishaintgettinnobetter
Explanation: Now Metta's girlfriend, not wife, has dumped him for young future star with more potential than Metta.
12:01 a.m.: I traded my new girl friend for Halle berry #ineverneededuanywaytrick
Explanation: Metta responds by making a trade of his own. He sends his girlfriend to the acting world for Halle Berry. Just like that, Berry, who is engaged to actor Olivier Martinez, becomes World Peace’s girlfriend.
12:01 a.m.: Ok I'm tired Out of thoughts I'm not tweeting for two months Love yal
Explanation: Metta is out of ridiculousness for the night and possibly the summer. He claims he is going on a two-month Twitter hiatus, but loves his fans. The fun is over.
12:06 a.m.: I got traded for a six pack and bob marley classicals. Kobe on vacation and needed entertainment
Explanation: But wait! After five minutes away from his account, Metta realizes the Twitter world must have its fix of World Peace. He has more thoughts. In a shocking twist, Metta has been traded for a six-pack (likely of beer or soda) and some sort of Bob Marley music or memorabilia. He claims the trade was necessary for the Lakers because Kobe Bryant was bored on vacation. Keeping Bryant happy appears to be more of a Lakers priority than having teammates for him to pass the ball to.
1:13 a.m.: I have a rose for one special girl because you are special. The love dr said only one rose tonight..
Explanation: Metta, who was tired over an hour ago, is still going strong. He says he has a rose to give to a particular female. No insight on who the "love dr." might be.
1:20 a.m.: My rose is for the converting mavs fan who will be a laker fan...@dirk_nomissski
Explanation: @dirk_nomissski, also known on Twitter as “Dashingd0ll” is followed by Metta World Peace on Twitter. Part of her bio reads: "Dallas Mavericks!!" Metta hopes he can use the rose as a form of persuasion to turn the individual into a Lakers fan. The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers are rivals.
1:25 a.m.: The lakers drafted a really good kid from Van City Amazing:) Can't wait to play next year. He is the toughest defender .. Watch n learn!!!
Explanation: Oh, right. The draft. Metta remembers why he has been tweeting all night and addresses the Lakers' draft choice, Robert Sacre, his teammate unless any of the above trades go through. Sacre, a center from Gonzaga, is from North Vancouver, British Columbia, thus explaining the use of "Van City" in World Peace's tweet. He recently did the weather CTV British Columbia. World Peace, also a proponent of good defense, appreciates the Lakers' use of a pick on a top defender.
2:17 a.m.: I'm not tweeting at all torrowmo
Explanation: It's been quite a night and he will not dare touch Twitter on Friday.
9:32 a.m.: I don't understand how anyone would miss my comedy show...unacceptable
Explanation: But he does have one question. How could anyone have not followed along on his Twitter the previous night? Who would not want to witness his insanity?
9:33 a.m.: Did the lakers get the 61st pick? They found a way to fit us in?
Explanation: The Lakers did not pick until the final selection of the draft (60th pick), so it a running joke developed that the Lakers would never pick. But they did, and World Peace welcomed Robert Sacre to the team a few hours ago. Now, he is making jokes the NBA did not even let the Lakers pick. What happened to the respect for Sacre?