Metta World Peace had his contract bought out by the New York Knicks last month, at his request, because they wouldn’t let him lead, not because he was spending a lot of time on the bench. That is what the former Lakers forward told the New York Post on Sunday.
“I didn’t mind playing any role, but I didn’t see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,” World Peace said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance. I backed off a little and tried to blend in with the team. I tried to find where I could complement the players but I couldn’t find any room to complement.”
It also appears that World Peace and Knicks Coach Mike Woodson didn’t exactly get along.
“He had his set rotation and I wasn’t in it,’’ World Peace said. “I asked my agent to be professional, respectful, and ask questions, and my agent said, ‘I think it’s best to try to get a buyout and get ready for the next opportunity.’ ”