Metta World Peace: Lakers Were Super Team

Former players who resent super teams are usually the ones who played on them, Metta World Peace says

The DA Show
November 01, 2018 - 1:00 pm

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Video of Former NBA Champion Metta World Peace with D.A.

While many NBA fans are tiring of seeing the Warriors and Cavs square off in the Finals every June, that doesn't mean they’re tiring of super teams. In fact, it might just mean they want more of them.

“I think free agency is great because I think the fans deep down inside want to see more super teams,” Metta World Peace said on The DA Show. “I feel like it’s going to up the level of basketball. So many times you see teams where they’re not good. The league is only 400 players, so how can you have bad players? There’s billions of people in the world. I think it’s going to make it where you have to have good players in order to win.”

World Peace, the 16th overall pick in 1999, played 15 seasons in the NBA. He was an All-Star and NBA champion. While many players from his era resent so-called super teams, World Peace has a different perspective.

“Those same players that say they don't like it are the same players that was on super teams,” World Peace said. “You have to have a lot of good players. Sometimes only one player will look great because you don’t have five basketballs. When I played with Pau (Gasol), Kobe (Bryant) and (Andrew) Bynum – you could make an argument that he was a great center. And we had Lamar Odom, who was a great power forward. He was the No. 4 pick. That was a super team.”

Indeed, Gasol, Odom, Bynum and Bryant were drafted third, fourth, 10th, and 13th in their respective draft classes. World Peace brought up the rear at 16.

“It (was a super team),” World Peace said. “You got one of the best wing defenders to ever play the game, you got one of the best shooting guards, one of the best power forwards, a really good center, and you have Lamar Odom, who was one of the best all-around players to ever play the game. Absolutely it’s a super team.”