While some people think that Kobe Bryant got overpaid by the Los Angeles Lakers after signing a two-year extension, his former teammate Metta World Peace is certainly not one of them. Metta was amnestied by the Lakers last offseason and joined the New York Knicks. ESPN has some excellent World Peace quotes on Bryant’s extension, among other things, below.
“He should have taken the money,” World Peace said Wednesday. “God damn, Kobe, take the money. Take it and run. He should have let me negotiate for him. I would have said, ‘Hey, Mitch, c’mon, make it happen. Make it happen.’ The standard cut is 4 percent, but I would have taken 10.”
“It’s a lot of money,” World Peace said. “I think it’s smart. I think it’s good. He could have gotten whatever he wanted. Whatever he would have asked for, he would have probably gotten. It’s good because it leaves them money to bring in another player, so it was very smart of them.”
“He’s a five-time champion, is hungry, has a killer instinct,” World Peace said. “Everybody has flaws. We all know this. Even the greatest person, except Gandhi; I don’t think Gandhi had flaws. Did Gandhi have flaws? What about the Dali Lama? They had no flaws. So there are a few people with no flaws.”
So, while some fans would have liked to see Kobe take a huge pay cut in order to free up some more cap space, Metta thinks the superstar coming off an Achilles tear didn’t get enough.
One way or another, it seems that there were no real negotiations between Kobe and the Lakers, since the franchise intended for Kobe to remain the best-paid player in the league while also leaving some wiggle room to potentially bring in a guy on a max contract.