Metta was a unique character in his active time. It took him 6 team changes and 3 name changes to get at peace with himself. He was a preeminent talent in perimeter shooting as well as in defense. But something about his relationship with coach Phil remained even more interesting.
What happened between Kobe Bryant’s teammate and coach Phil Jackson?
The 40-year-old came to the Lakers on time in 2009. By then he was already a decade old in the league and had a good reputation. He’s had some really consistent seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and the Houston Rockets.
In an interview, World Peace first praised trainer Phil. He detailed, “I love Phil. Phil is a master, everyone knows Phil. He gets under everyone’s skin. Sometimes he’s a great coach. We’re together as players and coaches and we’re doing this thing. And he can push the buttons, focus you on different things, and everything for the team. “
He later remembered a day from training. He shared “We had our problems, he talked about my shoes, Phil called me “Cement feet.” I hated it, it got on my nerves. Everyone laughed because he called me cement feet … I talked shit to everyone in the practice once. I thought ‘we almost hit your last shit [cuss words]’. Phil is like ‘enough is enough’. “
Was his relationship with trainer Phil clouded?
Phil Jackson had already scored three three-peat goals in the NBA before Metta joined the team. Trainer Phil already had legendary status before World Peace won its first ring. His average per game also fell this debut season with the Lakers. So it was just obvious that the coach was a little tough on him.
When Sandiford-Artest remembered how he felt that Phil had chosen him because he had a bad average. He added, “But I don’t think Phil and I have any grudges. He understands what you’re going through as long as it doesn’t escalate. I see a lot of players dealing with Phil, how he deals with it, he’s not afraid. By the way, Phil is crazy. Did you see Phil play? He plays like us. “
Artest retired just a year after Kobe Bryant. His contribution to the Lakers remained enormous, but the exceptional success of Mamba, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol always overshadowed his accomplishments. Still, he’s one of the best players in the league.
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