The Los Angeles Lakers have spent the last week in Las Vegas as the prepare for the upcoming NBA season. The Lakers played host to two games at the brand new T-Mobile Center, losing both of them at the hands of the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors.
Sports in Las Vegas are a hot-topic at the moment, with a brand new NHL expansion team set to become the city’s first ever professional sports team in 2017.
After the Lakers 112-107 loss to the Warriors, I caught up with Metta World Peace for a chat about why he thinks an NBA team would work in Las Vegas and more.
Metta, you’re one of the last guys from the ’99 Draft still in the league, how does your experience from your career help this young Lakers team?
I mean, I don’t know about “the experience”, I’m a good basketball player. I don’t really like to look at it “old school”, I don’t really like to harp on that. You know, “old school this, old school that”, all those war stories. That’s a long time ago, you know what I’m saying? So now I just want to have fun. Having fun, working hard together. That’s it. These guys are good! We’ve got a great coach, great staff. So I don’t really think about it, just work hard.
What’s been the biggest difference between last year and this year?
A new coach. Any time you get a new staff there’s new principals, unless the coaches came from the same type pedigree. But it’s two different styles. Two TOTALLY different styles.
Going into pre-season and into the regular season, is there anything you want to personally achieve?
Every season I just go in thinking about winning the Championship. That’s it. Same thing. Keep it simple. I think about one thing, don’t think about two things.
Gotcha. And last but not least, in Vegas right now, you guys had another game out here on Thursday. Do you ever think there should be a team out here?
Oh there should! I hope so, I really do. I think it’d be fun. The tourists would love it, I think people would show up… I just think it’d be really cool. I wish I could experience it! I would love to see it here.
Do you think it would work…
…great food! Great food! Vegas!
Do you think guys would be able to play here day-in-day out?
Yeah we did it today! The guys played well. When you’re trying to win you’re going to be smart, you’re not going to make stupid decisions.
Thank you very much.