Former NBA forward Metta Sandiford-Artest—more commonly known as Metta World Peace—celebrated along with the Los Angeles Lakers after they won the 2019-20 NBA championship.
The former Laker partook in some extracurricular activities following L.A.'s triumph, telling Mark Medina of USA TODAY he celebrated with friends:
“I was just home and sparked a blunt,” Sandiford-Artest said, via Medina. “I was partying the whole day by myself with two or three close friends. We sparked — I don’t even know — maybe 10 blunts. We had a great time. I deserved it. The Lakers won. It was crazy. It felt like I won.”
Interestingly enough, it was Sandiford-Artest who made one of the biggest plays in the series-clinching Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals.
The Lakers led by three points with just over a minute to go after Rasheed Wallace hit a clutch-three pointer for the Celtics. Los Angeles figured to give the ball to Kobe Bryant for the crucial possession, but Sandiford-Artest instead netted a three of his own to give the Lakers a six-point lead. It was a dagger in a game mostly known for defense and poor shooting.
Interestingly enough, this 2019-20 L.A. team also went through stretches of horrendous shooting in the playoffs, but the Lakers were wire-to-wire one of the best defensive teams in the game.
The Lakers franchise has been through quite a lot this season, notably the death of franchise legend Kobe Bryant.
So for this year's team to honor Bryant's memory with a championship and end a 10-year drought was cause for celebration.