Skip to main content

"Now I'm talking trash to the whole Lakers team, and I'm on the Lakers"

Metta_World_Peace

Metta World Peace is one of those larger than life characters, and that makes us forget how good a player he was. The Malice in the Palace, changing his name, the partying and all the conflict, all come to mind before you think of his game.

At his best, Metta was good for 24.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists; he shot 50% from the field (41.2% from the three) and all that was performed for a player who was always one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. As much as he was a vital starter back then, the demand for 3 and D guys today would make him a high-value player. His contribution on the floor will always be undermined by his wild persona.

And what a persona it was! In his recent interview with Kristine Leahy, Metta talked about his experience on the Lakers and how did his temper work alongside Kobe:

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Me and Kobe, we clashed a lot. He has a strong personality, and I have a strong personality. When he would go after us, I welcomed that, and he liked when I went back. We had one argument in practice, he was talking trash. He would get everybody going, so he would talk to everybody "You can't guard me, you suck" and all this stuff. So one day in practice, I said "If Yao Ming didn't get hurt that year, we would've beat you all. You can't guard me, you ain't got nothing on me." So now I'm talking trash to the whole Lakers team, I'm on the Lakers. Phil Jackson's there, Phil's like "Ronnie, enough is enough now." I'm like "It's never enough until I say it's enough." I just disrupted 3o minutes of practice.

In the interview Metta pointed out he would always hate his opponents on the court, that's how he got himself going, but today he has a lot of respect for the amazing players he played against. He did admit that "when I stopped partying, my numbers went up," but one of those parties did end up in a marriage.

As it turns out, Metta got Khloe and Lamar together. He hired Khloe to host his birthday party, and Lamar met her there. Seven days later, they were engaged. If all else fails, he could start a matchmaking business.

Kevin Garnett & Michael Jordan

“I’ll have these n****s kill you in here” - Kevin Garnett on how he ruined a pickup game with Michael Jordan by nearly getting into a fight with Scottie Pippen

Garnett's competitive juices were flowing, and he wasn't happy with the supposed disrespect he was getting from Pippen, which caused the two to clash

Stephen A.Smith & Anthony Davis

"Davis is clearly a league MVP candidate"- Steven A. Smith highlights Anthony Davis's impact on the Los Angeles Lakers recent success

Smith is convinced the Lakers' recipe for success is tied to Anthony Davis and his ability to stay healthy because then he is the best player on their team

Allen Iverson

That time Allen Iverson put on a show at a basketball tournament immediately after getting paroled - "The whole ghetto came out to watch"

Iverson was granted parole, so he immediately showed up at the Georgetown University basketball tournament, where he dominated all of his opponents and electrified the crowds with his performances

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and Bill Walton

Michael Jordan’s brilliant answer to Bill Walton’s question about his highlights plays

MJ basically explained the difference between stars and winners.

The Ringer founder Bill Simmons

“They weren't testing during the playoffs” — Bill Simmons on PEDs in the NBA

The Ringer's founder said he finds “impossible to believe no great basketball star over the last 25 years didn't use HGH and other stuff during the playoffs when they weren't testing.”

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant

"Really just don't be a crybaby” — Kevin Durant shares the most important lesson he learned from Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant, who has become known for his colorful personality on Twitter, recently shared that Kobe Bryant told him not to be a crybaby.