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Metta World Peace gives thanks he still has his teeth

December 12, 2011 | 12:15 pm

Metta World Peace is known for off-the-wall comments, but his bizarre response to a question at Lakers' media day Sunday may have topped them all.

When asked about his teammates' reactions to his name change, World Peace said: "I'm most happy that Jesus Christ did not let me lose my teeth when I was 20 years old."

And he didn't stop there.

"I was wondering, what if you kept your baby teeth until the age 18 or 20 and then you lose them," he said. "That would look really bad."

World Peace's antics brought some levity to a somber day in which many of the Lakers players were still in shock over the team's decision to send Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

His name change has already become a source of humor around the league and in his own locker room -- but not everyone is on board.

Said forward Matt Barnes: "I call him Ron still."

Said rookie guard Andrew Goudelock: "I haven't actually called him Metta, I haven't called him Ron or anything. I just see him and I say, 'What's up,' because I didn't know what to do.

"They told me if I didn't call him Metta he might punch me in the mouth or something, so I was like, all right, I'm just going to say, 'Hey.'"

Well, the good news is that if Goudelock accidentally calls World Peace by his old name, he can rest assured that there won't be any blows directed at his face.

After all, World Peace made it clear that he has a deep appreciation for good teeth.


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