What can we learn from this episode of World Peace gone wild? A few things:
- It’s all good fun until someone gets hurt – passion, intensity, and even anger are all states that a man might find himself in, but none of it is beneficial when it blinds your judgement and someone gets hurt.
- Intention and Action are Vague – MWP says he was just celebrating, vigorously. To be honest, I can see in the replay that he doesn’t even glance to see who is touching him…for all he knows it could of been a congratulatory bump from Kobe. But it was the Beard and the Beard was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The fact is, no matter what World Peace’s intention, we know that action, and that is what must be considered beyond all else…it will certainly be what is remembered.
- Protect Your Friends – Two things happen right after Harden gets leveled that are very interesting to me… 1) at 6 sec., you see Westbrook start sprinting after MWP, likely attempting to respond to the malice that is World Peace. 2) at 11 sec., you see Ibaka on the verge of going Congo on Metta. Neither action is carried out completely, but I think that friendship, on or off the court, inspires us to look after each other.
- Someone Has to be Coolheaded – At 14 sec., Durant pushes Westbrook back. It’s not a big deal at all, but Durant doesn’t let the momentum carry him beyond who he knows he is…that’s an enviable trait.
- What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. - Well, MWP smells just as rotten as Ron. He’s had a history of doing stupid things in the NBA and even with the name change, those tendencies shine through…if you’re going to improve yourself, it can’t be surface-level crap, it’s got to be the whole enchilada. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself elbowing innocent victims in the back of the skull when you’re just having a good time.
May the Beard be Forever Feared.