Stephen Jackson has come to the defense of Metta World Peace before.
Only last time, his name was Ron Artest and the action was a bit more infamous.
You probably remember it as the Malace at the Palace, one of the darkest events in NBA history. After a shoving match with Ben Wallace, Artest was hit with a beer thrown by some Detroit fan and proceeded to jump into the stands to fight him, with Stephen Jackson not far behind.
Pandemonium broke loose, with an entire half of the arena brawling. Detroit fans verse Pacer players. Ugly scene. And if you haven’t seen, take a look at the graphic video below.
But what does that have to do with last night? What does an NBA black eye back in 2005 have to do with a mid-December game in Oklahoma City (a franchise that was still in Seattle at the time)?
Late in the fourth quarter of OKC’s 114-108 win over the Lakers, Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) and OKC forward Serge Ibaka got into a little tussle.
Elbows locked, prolonged death stares and a lot of ‘bluffing’ (as Zach Randolph would call it). Ibaka and anti-World Peace were both hit with technicals, but potential disaster was averted.
Metta was coy about it postgame, deflecting questions and continually suggesting to reporters, ‘You should ask Ibaka about it.’
But one state south, down in San Antonio, his former teammate wasn’t quite as politically correct.
Stephen Jackson, now playing for the Spurs, didn’t seem to enjoy Ibaka going after Artest, a guy who once cost Jackson 30 games and $3 million in fines for startling the Palace Brawl.
Here was Jackson’s Twitter response (complete with a hilarious spelling of serg Abaka’s name):
Thunder-Spurs in Chesapeake Energy Arena nine days from now. One of the NBA’s most intriguing matchup just got a little juicer.