Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 10:20 am  |  32 responses

Metta World Peace Says Carmelo Anthony Should Act Like Kobe Bryant

As a former teammate of both Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace thinks Melo would benefit by taking a page out of The Black Mamba’s book. MWP opened up in his own inimitable style about his brief time with the New York Knicks. Per the NY Daily News:

In an ideal Knicks world, according to Metta World Peace, Carmelo Anthony would be a more demanding superstar, Mike Woodson would stand up for himself more and James Dolan, yes that James Dolan, would one day move his baseline seat to the Knicks bench.

“In my opinion, Mr. Dolan has the right personality to be a coach from this standpoint: he’s not afraid to say what’s on his mind,” Metta said on Monday. “He commands attention when he speaks to us. And it’s not like if he wanted the job he couldn’t have it. He owns the team.”

Metta will become a free agent on Wednesday and is hoping to land with a contending team. He believes if used properly he can be a serviceable player off the bench. He won a championship with the Lakers and recalls a team that practiced hard and because of that became more unified.

“There were times when me and Kobe (Bryant) would be yelling at each other,” Metta said. “I once told the greatest player ever, ‘You suck.’ Our practices got intense and the next day we’d go out and take it out on the other team.

“But here we are more cautious. In practice with the Knicks I would address some of the issues we were having because I wanted to win. I didn’t hold back. I addressed it. I won’t tell you what it was. But there is a more cautious atmosphere in New York. The players have to be meaner than the media and the fans. You’ve got to be more aggressive and meaner.”

“Kobe doesn’t give a (bleep), he just wants to win,” Metta said. “Melo needs to be more demanding and he needs to see results. The only difference between him and Kobe is that Kobe saw results. When Kobe said something people did that (stuff). Carmelo has no choice but to make it his personality because he’s a great player. There are not too many guys like him.”

Metta says he enjoyed playing for Woodson but says the Knicks’ coach needs to “learn how to tell people to shut the hell up. He’s too receptive to opinions.” In fact, Metta believes Woodson can learn a lesson or two from Dolan, whom Metta enjoyed working for.

“He gave some great speeches,” Metta said. “One time he said something that confused me but for the most part he was great. In Memphis the other day he spoke to us and I was thinking, ‘This guy would make a great coach.’ Hey, when Larry Bird coached Indiana he had Rick Carlisle doing everything behind the scenes. Obama is our President but he has a team of people working behind him. Mr. Dolan could do the same. Why not? I’m going to miss him.”

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  • GP

    “I once told the greatest player ever, ‘You suck.’”

    When did he talk to Jordan?

  • JJ Jones

    One of the most intelligent things that hes actually said. Melo.cant.be putting up with this bullsh*t anymore.and mike woodson needs to stop.being a yes man

  • Dagger

    Big words from someone who’s contributed absolutely nothing to the Knicks since he’s arrived.

  • JJ Jones

    He just deeply respects kobe bryant is all

  • JJ Jones

    Is he wrong though?

  • shockexchange

    Lying to someone isn’t respect. Now the Shock Exchange – that’s a guy who respects Horry Jr enough to speak the truth.

  • Dagger

    Let’s see:

    About Dolan being a good coach? Uh, YES, he’s wrong. Do I need to explain that?

    About a lack of aggression being the main issue in New York: again, YES, he’s wrong.. There are so many issues, but overall there are just too many overpaid, one-dimensional players on the roster.

    About Kobe being the greatest player ever: he’s entitled to his opinion, but YES, I’d say he’s very wrong.

  • JJ Jones

    Not that crap but about melo needing to be more demanding and mike woodson to stop being a p*ssy?

  • Sin City

    Melo will never have Kobe’s respect, and somehow he’s considered a coach killer, even though the entire NYC wanted D’Antoni gone. Kobe is Kobe. The last thing Melo wants is to be viewed as a villain, but I don’t think you’re wrong. It’s a lose-lose to me.

  • Dagger

    More demanding? In what way? The guy has a huge amount of leverage: he might be playing for a different team next year. How much more pressure can he really place on that organization?

    And if you mean more demanding in the course of play: he shoots 22 times a game! That’s way more than Durant, not to mention Lebron. His usage is also higher than Lebron’s and on par with that of Durant. If he should be more demanding in any way it should be of himself: he has all the tools but none of the desire to become a great two-way player.

    As for Woodson being weak: how the hell should any of us know? Are we there behind closed doors? This is Metta’s opinion, but there are more reputable sources than a guy whose last name is World Peace.

  • Conor

    It hurts your soul, doesn’t it?

  • GP

    Lying to yourself isn’t respect either.

  • GP

    I’m actually a huge fan of Kobe; just thought it was a bit much to call him the GOAT.

  • melvo

    He hasn’t stopped kissing Kobe’s ass since he left the Rockets

  • shockexchange

    When has the Shock Exchange not kept it 100%? You don’t even believe what you’re typing right now.

  • bike

    Leave it to MWP to see some good in Dolan’s soul. Maybe he can weave Dolan’s character into one of his children’s books.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the last paragraph was pretty epic

  • JJ Jones

    Wanting dantoni gone is a bad thing?

  • JJ Jones

    Nvm I misread what u said. Its funny how every wanted dantoni gone but when he does leave melo get heat I dont understand it

  • RodrickN

    This”metta world suck” need2 shut UP! Yeah he dat kind of player wwho complains,plays dirty,cant even keep his hands 2 himself in games too. He said kobe suck! Oh no no no thats aint cool. Kobes 5ringz king!.Where da hell this ronartest came from,plus he named himself “world peace” which is lame. He dont know what the word “peace” means?
    Both kobe&carmelo shoot better than Mwp,way wayy better in the post too:)

  • RodrickN

    He already goat dude:) foreva GREATEST!

  • robb

    Man, I really miss Metta, dude was too sexy for his cat.

  • guest

    you shut up.

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  • 2chainz

    Kobe is not even a top 10 player of all time, maybe top 12-15.

  • Carmine Infante

    theres no comparing kobe and melo,kobe has hardware ,melo may have to visit jewelry store soon to fill his fingers

  • David Gamboa

    C’mon 2Chainz wannabe, stop lying.

  • JJ Jones

    Yeah he took some dumbass shots and decisions sometimes but at least u knew he was dependable when it mattered. Its unfortunate that father time doesnt wait on anybody

  • JJ Jones

    Come on really? I possible that maybe just maybe that kobe is becoming underrated?

  • chris

    We have GOATs for each decade…kobe is and was nice but I dont know about greatest of all time…during his prime no1 was messing with him…just like jordan…iverson..dr J…carmelo…and of course the great KD

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  • cmon man

    Who should we believe 2 chains or someone who has played in the NBA for 10+ years?????