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Thunder notebook: Metta World Peace says 'I don't shake substitutes' hands'

Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who was suspended for seven games for elbowing the Thunder's James Harden on the left side of the face on April 22, told ESPNLosAngeles.com he has no interest in visiting with Harden at the outset of the second-round playoff series against OKC.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 13, 2012

/articleid/3675261/1/pictures/1719435">Photo - L.A. LAKERS: Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, stands between an official and Oklahoma City Thunder player after Lakers' Metta World Peace (15) was called for a double flagrant foul and ejected from the game in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: LAS201
L.A. LAKERS: Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, stands between an official and Oklahoma City Thunder player after Lakers' Metta World Peace (15) was called for a double flagrant foul and ejected from the game in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: LAS201

Bryant said the OKC crowd will be a factor and must be accounted for.

"It's going to be intense," Bryant said. "The crowd is obviously going to have a field day with that (World Peace's return). I'm sure their players will generate some type of energy from it. For us, we just got to keep our poise and do what we do."

Fisher smiled as he shared his prediction on the crowd.

"Good, old-fashioned southern hospitality," said Fisher, who played collegiately at Arkansas-Little Rock. "That's the type of reception I expect he'll get. That's fair game. The fans will be excited. I'm looking forward to it, being on this side of these fans this time at this point of the season. I can only imagine the amount of energy they have stored up and we'll have to properly utilize that energy. We can't get too caught up in it, but I expect it's going to be a lot of fun."

Collison: "I'm sure it will be loud. It usually can't get much louder than any of the playoff games we've had. So we expect it'll be really loud. It'll be fun."

Harden: "It'll get loud in there. We're looking forward to it."

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