Metta World Peace still wants to play basketball and would love a chance at a gold medal with Team USA Basketball.

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In an appearance on “The Sheridan Show” podcast with Chris Sheridan, World Peace vented about his exclusion from the 2004 men’s basketball team that won Bronze in Athens. World Peace asserted that the team would have won Gold had it selected him, claiming that he was the “best defender in the world” at that point of his NBA career.

World Peace made clear that he still wants to play in the Olympics. Failing that, he even volunteered to serve as a water boy. How serious is he? He says he had his agent call USA Basketball about it.


“One day, I hope they pick me,” World Peace said. “Sometimes they pick veterans, they pick guys who don’t play [anymore]. I hope I can play in the Olympics; I deserve it just as much as anybody, I believe. Some people would argue that other people deserve it also. That’s true, but I am the one yapping about it.

“I told my agent, ‘Can I even be the water boy? Something?’ So every time someone brings up the Olympians, I rant, I rant I rant. I am an Olympian, for sure. I am an Olympian, a gold medalist, and I truly believe that.”

Back in 2004, Metta was a beast. Not sure how well he would contribute in the Olympics today, outside of being a water boy.