Metta Sandiford-Artest: I’m definitely trying to be a head coach one day in the NBA. I’m not really forcing it. I do have a couple people reaching out to different teams. But one day, I would love to be a head coach in the NBA.
Metta Sandiford-Artest: I still got a lot of unfinished business in terms of winning. Because of how I got suspended, I missed out on All-Star Games, I missed out on All-Defensive First Teams, I missed out on more championships. So I’m still motivated. ... I'm just as motivated as I was when I was a 15-year-old kid in the streets. One day I do wanna win a title as an NBA head coach. That's my intentions.
Coach World Peace?? That's right ... the Lakers star says he's eyeing a gig as an NBA head coach when he retires. TMZ Sports spoke with Metta World Peace earlier this week about the praise he's been gettin' from the Lakers coaching staff ... who have said his knowledge and experience are valuable to the team even when he isn't on the floor.
Q: With your interest in coaching, have you talked to Phil Jackson at all? Metta World Peace: “I haven’t talked to Phil in the last six months. But when I was in China [playing overseas], I talked to Phil the most. I talk to him about the game a lot. It’ll be about the game. I would call Phil and I would ask him how to beat the zone [defense]. In China, we also had some bad players. So I asked him, ‘How do you work with players that aren’t that good?’ It’s all about the positions you put them in and if you can help them succeed. So I talk to Phil about a lot of things.” Q: How about coaching? Metta World Peace: “I haven’t talked to him about coaching. I never did. But I know what I want to do when I coach. I exactly what I want to do.” Q: What’s that? Metta World Peace: “I can’t tell you.” (laughs) Q: Why not? Metta World Peace: “I just can’t tell you. But I know exactly how I want to play. I can’t leak it out. I can’t tell everybody how I’m going to do it.” Q: You mean regarding your system and philosophy? Metta World Peace: “Yeah.”
Q: Would you ever use the triangle? Metta World Peace: “The triangle [offense] is hard. It’s not easy. But there’s things you can implement. Everybody does that. Golden State and San Antonio does that. Golden State has Steve Kerr and they run a little bit of triangle. The Spurs run a little bit. [Gregg] Popovich reminds me of Phil and [Rick] Carlisle. He dictates a lot [of plays], but then he lets you go. Carlisle has his own style. Popovich has his own style. But he reminds me of Phil and Carlisle together.”
Q: What about Mike D’Antoni? You learn anything from them? Metta World Peace: “I learned stuff from Mike D’Antoni. I kind of understood his ball movement concept and his high powered offense concept. That was fun. I like that. That’s something I could definitely take with me one day. Some of his concepts I definitely like, absolutely. But he didn’t have the team he needed to be successful [with the Lakers].
Q: And Mike Brown? Metta World Peace: “When Mike Brown was here, the offense was with [assistant] Eddie Jordan. It was Princeton. It’s a great offense. I would use some of those things. Q: Really? He got fired five games in his second season. Metta World Peace: “I know that’s what I was going to say. The Princeton offense is weird. It will put the superstar player off the ball at times we don’t need that superstar player off the ball. At times with the Princeton offense, it would put Kobe away for an entire game. It’s the right way to play if you have the right type of team. But when you have a superstar, you can’t put Kobe in that situation. You need him. He brings a lot to the table. He has heart. He’s hit 36 game winners. So you want Kobe to be in rhythm so at the end of the game, he can win the game.
Q: Would you use analytics? Metta World Peace: “I’m using analytics. Absolutely. Analytics is simple. You read it. Then you fix the problem. You don’t have to complicate it. I love analytics.” Q: Why did you say in New York that you hate analytics? Metta World Peace: “I didn’t understand it then. I understand it now.”
Metta World Peace’s recent order at a vegan restaurant partly explained both the Lakers’ 36-year-old forward’s peak conditioning and positive locker-room influence despite a trying 2015-16 season. But in between bites, World Peace sounded just as passionate about another pursuit that could define his continuous evolution from an erratic NBA star toward one of the Lakers’ most cherished leaders. “I want to coach one day,” World Peace said during a recent lunch interview with Los Angeles News Group. “I definitely have an interest in coaching.”
That left those around World Peace expressing platitudes about his coaching fortunes. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant: “He’d be a good coach. He’s extremely intelligent and communicates very well and is not afraid to hold guys accountable.” Lakers coach Byron Scott: “With his work ethic and the way he relates to guys, he could be a coach.” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle: “He’ll be an excellent coach. He has an unbelievable passion for the game. Ronnie’s a guy that loves helping people.” Skepticism lingers around the league, though.
“I kind of understood his ball movement concept and his high powered offense concept,” World Peace said. “That was fun. I like that. That’s something I could definitely take with me one day. Some of his concepts I definitely like, absolutely.” World Peace has also changed his stance on the NBA’s latest number-crunching methods. “I’m using analytics,” World Peace said. “Absolutely. Analytics is simple. You read it. Then you fix the problem.”
June 25, 2022 | 8:58 pm EDT Update
“I thought they crossed the line,” Kerr added. “I’m all for booing guys, cheering for your own team. The appropriate cheer — if you want to go down that path — is ‘so-and-so sucks, so-and-so sucks.’ … when they were saying ‘F you Draymond,’ 20,000 people, I thought of Draymond’s kid too.
Brandon Rahbar: I asked Chet Holmgren (very loudly) about his fit with SGA and Josh Giddey: “I feel like I fit in well with them. They’re great players. Shai is a really good scorer, Josh is a great passer. Just go out there and be a great floor spacer.”
Murray on bringing a winning mentality to the Kings: “I’m excited. I’m excited to get down there. I feel like for me, the first thing that I feel like I bring to the Kings is just a winning culture, winning mindset. I think that’ll be special for me, to be able to get down there and help them win and see success in that. So I’m excited to go down there and play with a lot of really good players.”
“Listen we still run that franchise [Magic]. If they wanna sell it to us, DeVos family, we’re ready to go right now,” O’Neal said on The Big Podcast. “This message go out to the DeVos family, if you’re ready to sell Orlando Magic, sell it to somebody who’s gonna take it to the next level, that’s us. D[ennis] Scott and then, D Scott can pick everybody else. Smart people combined with common sense people and people that’s been there before, you can’t go wrong.”
June 25, 2022 | 7:06 pm EDT Update
“Their continuity wasn’t there,” Perkins said on a recent appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & the Three podcast (h/t Lee Tran of Fadeaway World) about Westbrook and Durant. “No matter how much they tried to fake it to the public, their brotherhood, it never was a brotherhood. And that’s okay, right, because you don’t have to be somebody’s brother to go out there and win a championship. But it helps. They never just got on the same page.