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Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace
Position: F
Born: 11/13/79
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:246 lbs. / 111.6 kg.
Salary: $1,499,187
For the 19-year rookie, playing with veterans like Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, Nick Young and Metta World Peace is an adjustment. “I’m trying to earn the respect from playing with the older guys, and them respecting my play calls,” he said. Russell said he wants his fellow Lakers to want to be on the court with him. “I’m not worried about what everybody is saying, just keep playing and wanting my teammates to want to play with me,” he said.
There were too many flagrant fouls, though. He was, he admits, “dysfunctional in the locker room.” And, of course, he was at the center of the 2004 “Malice at the Palace” brawl against the Detroit Pistons when he played for the Pacers, a reputation-staining incident that he’ll almost certainly never shake. For as good as he was, World Peace was just as volatile and, as a result, he never played with any team longer than five years. “I had to play on other people’s teams so my average went down, my stats went down, less All-Stars, less All-Defensive teams,” he said.
When I returned the following year [after the brawl] in Indiana I was causing problems in the locker room, and eventually I requested a trade. So Larry traded me to the Kings. When I got to Sacramento I told Rick Adleman, “Look I don’t think I can give you anything.” He said “Ron, we’re going to go as far as you can take us.” I immediately went to the media and told them “We’re going to make the playoffs.” Everybody laughed. We were in last place. But we made it to the playoffs, and almost beat the Spurs that year. Rick Adleman changed my life. But it took awhile. I was still destructive and unstable. But I was getting better and better.
Larry Bird was in my corner 150% through that. But I was very disloyal to Larry, being an egotistical kid and whatnot. Even if you put the ego thing aside, I was still disruptive, dysfunctional, and mentally unstable. That’s a bad mix right there, and that’s what Larry Bird had to deal with. Larry took time out of his day to come down every day and work with me. The year I averaged 25 points per game had a lot to do with Larry. I was working with him every day. Every single day. But I still wasn’t ready mentally for the NBA. I was so caught up in myself. I’ve tried to get back to Indiana a couple times over the last few years, to play for the Pacers. But there was so much damage I had done there that I didn’t think Larry would want to take another chance on me. At this point I wish that I had done things I’m doing now when I was younger. I think, ‘If I had been more focused back in those days, been more mentally stable…’
Storyline: Metta World Peace Free Agency
“I was averaging 22 points against the Lakers. I can’t average 20 now? But now I’m on a team with Kobe. … That’s called sacrifice,” World Peace told ESPN. “After Houston, my individual career was pretty much done, because I’m with Kobe.” As World Peace later said before his team’s loss in Phoenix, “I felt like I wasn’t getting the credit that people should’ve gave me for sacrificing. Nobody ever really talked about that, so it was frustrating. … I kind of went to China just to prove that I could score the ball. … It’s hard to adjust to your mind to be a role player.”