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 DeckerMetta 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.