Metta World Peace returned from a seven-game absence yesterday to help the Lakers advance to the second-round of the playoffs where they’ll play….the Oklahoma City Thunder. World Peace – who was suspended for elbowing the Thunder’s James Harden – should expect a hostile reception from the Oklahoma City faithful, but will he offer a hand to Harden as a way of burying the hatchet prior to the game? No, says the Lakers forward.
“I don’t shake substitutes’ hands,” World Peace said.
He added that some of the Thunder players have a habit of not giving a fist-pound, or handshake, prior to games either.
“I shake everybody’s hand before the game, but Oklahoma City, they don’t shake hands,” World Peace said. “Only some of them, but I don’t think they really shake hands before the game. Kendrick Perkins and now (Russell) Westbrook don’t shake hands either. (Russell) used to shake hands, but now he don’t shake hands anymore.”