Report: Lakers’ Metta World Peace developing sports prank show

Dwight Howard #12 and Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers look back to the bench during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on January 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dwight Howard #12 and Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers look back to the bench during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on January 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

It would seem an appropriate pursuit for Lakers forward Metta World Peace

According to the Hollywood Reporter’s Lesley Goldberg, the NBA veteran is pitching a show to networks which would involve professionals sports stars pulling pranks on each other.

Think Ashton Kutcher’s Punk’d, but more LeBron James than Miley Cyrus. The show’s name - Metta World Pranks - would be a welcome distraction from what World Peace is experiencing on the court.

This season hasn’t gone well for his Lakers – if the playoffs started today, they wouldn’t be in it. But off the court, World Peace has been known to dabble in the entertainment world.

He played a police detective in Lifetime’s The Eleventh Victim and danced his way to a first round elimination on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars in 2011.

World Peace also raps.

He said his latest sports prank project will be a “perfect fit” for him and his personality. LMNO Productions will help launch the series. The production company’s president and CEO told THR‘s Goldberg:

“Pranking and practical jokes are part of the athletic culture, so it come naturally to Metta. Metta has a great sense of humor and this show will be a natural vehicle for him to showcase a side of his personality we don’t get to see on the court.”

USA TODAY has some interesting suggestions on what some of World Peace’s pilot pranks could be, including “raising the rim” on the Lakers same-town rival the Clippers.

We’d just like to see all pranks involve World Peace’s teammate Kobe Bryant.

All of them.

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