Metta World Peace credits Kobe Bryant for his clutch Game 7 shot vs. Celtics
Of course, things did not play out that way.
The Lakers led by three with just over a minute to play when the ball found its way into the hands of Metta World Peace, who promptly fired up a three. World Peace drilled the jumper to give L.A. a six-point lead.
World Peace actually gave Kobe credit for passing him the ball and entrusting him in that situation:
“Yeah, I’m happy that I made that but Kobe passed it, like that was him. I’m not saying I couldn’t have gotten the shot off but I’m saying it was a little [bit] easy. Pierce had to close out twice and I was able to get him off balance. I was working on it and obviously it worked. I hit a big shot,” Metta World Peace said in Episode 7 of ClutchPoints docu-series “The Final Ring: Kobe & The Lakers’ 2010 Title.”
It ended up being the biggest shot of the game, as Celtics guard Ray Allen would come down and hit a three on the next possession. However, it was too little, too late.
The Lakers grabbed a huge offensive rebound on their next trip down the floor and rode the free-throw game the rest of the way home for an 83-79 victory.
World Peace shed more light on the shot during his press conference after the game, joking he could hear Lakers head coach Phil Jackson in his head saying “Don’t shoot.” Of course, World Peace has always marched to the beat of his own drum, and his shot helped deliver another championship to the City of Angels.