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Metta World Peace loves Peace Corps nickname

With his inconsistent performances to open the 2011-12 season, Lakers forward Metta World Peace didn't feel exactly ready to give himself and the rest of the reserves a nickname.

Too bad, because the fan site Lakers Nation already proclaimed this season's bench as the Peace Corps.

"Wow, that's amazing," World Peace said recently. "I love it. That's nice."

Still the player formerly known as Ron Artest appeared a little disappointed when a few reporters alerted him to the nickname. The reasons went beyond over-hyping the unit when World Peace feels it could play better. It turns out Lakers Nation also stole World Peace's thunder in coming up with his own bench nickname. And for now, World Peace refuses to tell anyone what it would have been.

"I'm not going to say what I was thinking because it has nothing to do with peace," World Peace said. "It has nothing to do with peace. I'm not going to say it. ... It was, like, the opposite of peace. But, cool, Peace Corps is good."


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