Late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s win over the Nets, Metta World Peace hit a three from the corner to cut the New Jersey lead to two. There was no celebration, no flexing, and no kissing of his own biceps after doing so. But he did have a little something for Avery Johnson on his way back down the court.
Honestly, this looks worse than it probably was. Johnson’s non-reaction tips us to that, and the reality is that coaches receive contact from players like that pretty frequently considering their close proximity to the live game action.
Still, it comes across as a little bit demeaning. Remember the whole Pau Gasol – Chris Paul incident from last season, when Gasol similarly touched Paul on the head? Here’s what Paul said about it afterward.
“We call that sonnin’, ” he said. “Like when I take Li’l Chris to the bathroom, I’ll walk with my hand on his head. That’s my son. You know what I mean? I understand that Gasol is that tall, but don’t do to me what I do to my son.
So technically, MWP “sonned” Avery Johnson; whether that was the intent is up for debate.