A long memory isn't required to figure out why Metta World Peace became a main story line for the Western Conference semifinals.
He was hit with a seven-game suspension for elbowing Oklahoma City guard James Harden in the head three weeks ago. The Lakers begin the semifinals Monday at the home of the Thunder.
"It'll be ironic. I assume that the fans won't love it," World Peace told The Times in a quiet moment before Game 7. "People can say what they want, but that's going to the most entertainment Oklahoma City has had since they've been Oklahoma City.
"But for me it's just work. I'm not even really worried about what they think. They have Derek Fisher in that locker room. Whether that elbowing happened or not, they would come in with some focus."
Would Fisher put in a good word for World Peace, his former teammate for two-plus seasons?
"No. I wouldn't," World Peace said. "If I'm not on your team, I'm not on your team."
World Peace has not spoken to Harden since elbowing him i...