Metta was told not to take leadership role

Metta World Peace was asked to not take a ‘leadership role’ with the Knicks, which eventually led to him asking for a buyout (Berman, March 17).

World Peace said he realized he wasn’t going to get consistent playing time with the team while Mike Woodson was the coach.

He received roughly $250,000 in his buyout package.

Harris Decker

Metta World Peace’s role on this team was a mystery from the beginning. When he signed in New York I thought it made a lot of sense. He could help guard some of the tougher forwards in the league and spell Carmelo Anthony. Instead, the Knicks fell behind in many of their early games. That meant that Anthony had to remain on the court for offense and World Peace’s role shrunk.

When he was released it really wasn’t a surprise to anyone but the fact that he was asked not to take a “leadership role” isn’t all that shocking either. He’s a loose cannon and while he could have earned a leadership role, sitting on the bench makes that difficult.




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Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Scoreboard watching tonight as we need help to get into the playoffs;

Atlanta (41%) at Charlotte (59%) 

The odds are in our favor, although Charlotte is on a back to back and flew in from Toronto late last  night, while the Hawks rested. The Hawks are a poor road team, but Charlotte is a not much of a trip from Atlanta.

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

There is a difference between being THE leader, and having a leadership ROLE. If you don't think a premier defender with a championship ring can have a leadership ROLE then you lack the vision to maximize the talents of your team. MWP is bat $#!T crazy but he is a proud NYer that still bleeds blue and orange. If you couldn't find a way to use that on a team that consistently lacked fire, energy, or pride then you should not be in any position to make team decisions.

newyorker9
newyorker9

the protest on Wednesday is still going to happen.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

MWP was a victim of a coach that couldn't figure out his rotations until 60 games went by.


Sure, injuries didn't help at all, but ultimately he suffered the most because of that.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Metta was a respectful good soldier for us, was mad that injury bug hit our important players but Woody should of went to him more. Truly hope Jackson brings him back! Anybody hear about the trade rumors Chandler/JR/Felton for Anthony Davis/Rivers???

Rational Sports
Rational Sports

I don't understand telling somebody NOT to take a leadership role. Unless he was leading them in the wrong direction. But still - seems odd. I know MWP is a weird guy, but his teammates always seem to love him and if he were willing to stand up as a veteran and try to take control of a crappy situation, just feels weird to ask him not to. And I don't buy the "sitting on the bench makes that difficult." Teams all over the league (just look at last season's Knicks) have rosters with veteran leaders who don't really play that much. Oh well. In a couple years I'll hardly remember he was ever on the team.

Keith Hayes
Keith Hayes

Metta hasn't been a loose cannon since the brawl...if that's going to be held against him why isn't Jason Kidd's off court incidents held against him...people grow into leadership roles and for a team with players who claimed they wanted to be leaders when they got here but spent the season crying about how they miss the leadership of guys who were here last year you let somebody step up and see where they're heading before you pump the brakes...

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

The words "Leadership" and "Metta World Peace" don't go together in the same sentence. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieDolan knows MWP is a local product and that helps market his product.  

The issue was Woody is with Woody because Metta should have started from the beginning to spell Melo of much of the dirty work.  The issue was Woody period.

johneco
johneco

Anthony Davis is probably the least likely player in the whole league to get traded.  Your rumor is beyond ridiculous, they wouldn't even trade him for Melo straight up, let alone for Chandler and our untradeable trash.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@orlando_knickfan  I agree. But on a team that struggled with toughness and defense, Metta should have been playing this year. You would think a "defensive" coach would play one of the better defenders on the roster at that time. 

rico
rico

@Wicksell  Metta had like 10 knee procedures DURING the season.  I loved that the Knicks signed him but I think his demise was as much his old knees and potential for disruption than a Woody problem. 


Sorry to see him go but ya know, if the faucet in the ladies room at MSG is busted it's not always WOODY"S FAULT!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@akamarb @VerySilentJay  We all knew that coming in, but we also knew he brought much needed toughness and that touch of of enforcer that such a passive team needs.

Injuries aside, imo, he was never given a chance.  

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Biggie  

You must remember that Dolan is CAA as well. He needs CAA to book their acts into MSG and get gigs for JD & The Straight Shot. Moreso, he now has competition with Barclays Center. So his goal would be to keep CAA acts in MSG and not across the bridge.

http://www.caatouring.com/public/artistroster.aspx?role=

So there is this triangle now in place. CAA, Dolan, and Jackson. If things aren't going CAA's way, they have strong ties to Dolan. There are rumors that Grunwald was sacked due to his failure to be onboard with Bargnani and Chris Smith. So Phil could be in a tough spot with some of the negotiations, if CAA makes an end run to Dolan. 

MWP and mental health are something only to speculate on. It appears that he has some personality issues, but perhaps no more than JR. I believe he has cultivated his image to a large extent and uses it to his advantage. He has appeared on the Key & Peele show and will likely have a future in the entertainment business. 

He probably didn't fit the clubhouse mold much in the same way as Jeremy Lin. There is a clique, it appears and you are either in or out. Shump, Beno, and MWP are obviously out as was Jeremy Lin. It's probably part Dolan, CAA, Woody, and some of the players that set the tone. Who knows really? It is complex.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Biggie  Yeah. MWP doesn't interest the CAA in terms of influence over a franchise. The bigger contracts, bigger names, and their roles are what really mattesr to them.

johneco
johneco

@carl hill @orlando_knickfan

Did he actually look like he deserved more burn to you when he was on the court?

To me he looked like crap.  Probably because he was injured most of the year.  He just didn't produce in what chances he had.

newyorker9
newyorker9

@akamarb @newyorker9   mutherf3ucker you on your period? f@ck out of here...

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@akamarb  Murry got his look.

Dude is extremely raw and right now he's not capable of running an offense at the NBA level.

Imo, Tyler needs more minutes in the DL as well as NBA but Aldrich clearly is NBA ready.

Tyler is still struggling with his defense and positioning on offense.


All these guys got more leeway than MWP.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Biggie @Knicks_Fanatic 

CAA has to take a mea culpa for part of the reason we are 27-40. They are rational actors and want their participation with the Knicks seen as successful, not as something that undermines the franchise. What better way to do that that than hiring Phil Jackson. If Dolan hired CAA's Calipari and the franchise continued it's poor performance, they wouldn't look good. Now they are out of the line of fire.