Coach Luke Walton pointed at Metta World Peace and Lakers fans erupted.
World Peace jumped off the bench to enter Friday’s game with 2:12 left during a 127-100 victory over the Miami Heat.
Fans cheered his every move, which included three fouls, as though he had made a game-winning shot.
“It was great for Metta, honestly the fans love him and they should,” Walton said after the game. “He fouled too much when he was out there, but it was still nice.”
World Peace is on a nonguaranteed contract, but it will become guaranteed if he is still on the Lakers’ roster Saturday afternoon.
“I like him with us, but that’s a front-office decision,” Walton said. “My...