Metta World Peace made what will likely be his final trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.
World Peace said he won't ever recover from how his Pacers tenure ended, especially because he believed so many people in and around the franchise truly liked him, cared for him, tried to help him at every turn, but he didn’t do right by them.
“That’s what I feel most bad about to this day,” World Peace told ESPN. “That’s something that I can never, ever forgive myself for. I don’t regret it, but I definitely can’t forgive myself for that.”
World Peace was suspended for 73 games following the brawl at The Palace and eventually forced his way out of Indiana with a trade to the Sacramento Kings.
World Peace called Rick Adelman a “basketball father figure” and said taught him how to be a teammate.
“Rick, that really changed my life,” World Peace said. “That’s when my turning point was.”
World Peace later realized how he squandered his opportunity with the Pacers.
“I was there, but I had no control. It was like now I realized, ‘Oh, wow, what a f---ing d---head.’”