Metta World Peace: ‘No Difference’ Playing With Or Against Kobe Bryant

Back in 2010, Metta World Peace won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers while playing alongside Kobe Bryant. World Peace quickly became a fan favorite in Los Angeles and a close friend of Kobe Bryant’s.

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Before signing with the Lakers, World Peace had been a rival of Bryant’s with many wondering whether they’d get along as teammates in Los Angeles. World Peace and Bryant had altercations on the basketball floor on more than one occasion with their competitiveness getting overly physical at times. Although there were some concerns, Bryant and World Peace hit it off as teammates with a mutual respect that developed between the two veterans.

In a recent interview with VladTV, World Peace was asked about the difference between playing with and against Bryant throughout his NBA career. World Peace claims there is no difference, transcription via Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders.

What’s the difference [between] playing with Kobe or against him?” World Peace pondered. “Nothing. He’s just so competitive. You can feel the fire when you’re in the room with Kobe. It’s really cool. When I played against him, I just felt the heat. Whether he’s playing against me, LeBron James or Gerald Wallace, he feels the same. He don’t care and it’s the same thing when you play on his team. He feels the same way, so there’s really no difference.”

Bryant has received a lot of criticism as of late for a number of different reasons. Kobe has been accused of being the main reason free agents don’t want to come to Los Angeles, and now he’s struggling to return to form on the basketball floor. It has been one thing after another, but World Peace still fully supports his teammate regardless of the situation.

I’m really happy to be here to support him. Everybody is talking bad about him. Talking about he’s getting old and can’t play, [how he’s] selfish this and selfish that. [Free agents] not coming to play with him because they’re afraid of him. So I said, you know what? Let me get back to the Lakers. People don’t realize I’m on a non-guaranteed contract and I got back to the Lakers. I had to earn this.

“But I definitely want to be there for Kobe and support him. Hopefully I can ride it out with him. Kind of like I said, [I’ll] be there through thick and through thin. Kobe got me my [championship] ring. Without Kobe, I don’t have my ring. I’ve seen him take over games by himself.”

It hasn’t been pretty for Bryant and company over the course of the first six games of the season. The team shows flashes of promise with Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, and Jordan Clarkson providing hope for the future. Unfortunately, the team has only won one game in six thus far with no telling when or if it’ll turn around moving forward.

World Peace and Bryant will get back to work on Tuesday night with the Lakers continuing their road trip in South Beach against the Miami Heat. Los Angeles will play two more games on the road after taking on the Heat before heading back to the Staples Center on Sunday to face the visiting Detroit Pistons.

MWP shouldn’t be so modest. If he didn’t step up like he did, he’d have no ring either.

  • MWP shouldn’t be so modest. If he didn’t step up like he did, he’d have no ring either.

  • MWP played a Big part in getting his Own ring…As well as Kobe,Pau,Odom etc….Good to have him Back.

  • MWP played a Big part in getting his Own ring…As well as Kobe,Pau,Odom etc….Good to have him Back.

  • MWP is still top 20 defensive player. Top 5 best hands in the league. Just lost a step offensively.

  • MWP is still top 20 defensive player. Top 5 best hands in the league. Just lost a step offensively.

  • It goes down to RESPECT to a man who has always given it ALL whenever he played in the hardcourt…….Kobe and Lakers for Life……….. MWP is just honored and honest to play with one of the greatest player ever played in NBA.

  • It goes down to RESPECT to a man who has always given it ALL whenever he played in the hardcourt…….Kobe and Lakers for Life……….. MWP is just honored and honest to play with one of the greatest player ever played in NBA.

  • I think Metta should be playing more ,he can really show these young guys playing by example,his hustle and defense is catching

  • I think Metta should be playing more ,he can really show these young guys playing by example,his hustle and defense is catching

  • Of course don’t get it twisted ! MWP is not saying it was only because of Kobe. Name one player in the history of the game that won a championship all alone?

    What he is saying is Kobe is part of the link to a championship. People… (mainly haters and the ignorant they influence) try to insinuate Kobe is standing in the way of a Laker championship or Lakers progress.

    Metta wants a lot of the lies, hate, and twisted public perceptions to be cleared up.

    He knows just as the NBA, a few scandalous owners, and a large part of the main stream media that “Kobe “with help” is te biggest threat to Lebron James (the NBA’s hand picked poster child) winning a championship.

    It’s pretty funny how Steph Curry and the Warriors slide in to prevent the fix regardless. Now they have even more to worry about which is best for the game.

    Go Kobe ! Go Metta ! Go Hibbert/Williams ! Go Rooks and second year players !

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Of course don’t get it twisted ! MWP is not saying it was only because of Kobe. Name one player in the history of the game that won a championship all alone?

    What he is saying is Kobe is part of the link to a championship. People… (mainly haters and the ignorant they influence) try to insinuate Kobe is standing in the way of a Laker championship or Lakers progress.

    Metta wants a lot of the lies, hate, and twisted public perceptions to be cleared up.

    He knows just as the NBA, a few scandalous owners, and a large part of the main stream media that “Kobe “with help” is the biggest threat to Lebron James (the NBA’s hand picked poster child) winning a championship.

    It’s pretty funny how Steph Curry and the Warriors slide in to prevent the fix regardless. Now they have even more to worry about which is best for the game.

    Go Kobe ! Go Metta ! Go Hibbert/Williams ! Go Rooks and second year players !

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I don’t think playing MWP will help win LAL any more games. Might as well give PT to A Brown and get him developing.

  • I don’t think playing MWP will help win LAL any more games. Might as well give PT to A Brown and get him developing.

  • yeah but now Kobe does have help……
    he’s not only got nick young and jordan clarkson.
    but he has Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert on defense, MWP on defense.
    Lou Williams has a trick or 2 up his sleeve too.
    For another team to lock down all these guys is impossible.
    they are hoping and praying to god that they can just contain Kobe bc they cant stop Randle, Lou will, or JC.
    if Dangelo gets going and gets his game up to 100 pct. its gonna be scary for the other team.
    now like i told you before. if my lineup was to play on the floor and Nance Jr. gets more mins and MWP.
    were gonna be a good team
    i hope my starting 5 comes eventually:
    /Clarkson /Kobe Randle /Nance / Hibbert/.
    3 for offense 2 for defense.
    Bench Dangelo/ Lou/ MWP /Bass /Black.
    3rd stringer bench Huertas/ Nick Young /A Brown /Kelly /Sacre.
    huertas a true PG with nick and brown to shoot 3s.
    Kelly can provide some offense,
    and sacre is just a body in the paint.
    if all he does is block shots and rebound.
    i would thank God and Jesus for that much.
    Paytc please pray Sacre gets better bc i dont know what else to use him for.

  • yeah but now Kobe does have help……
    he’s not only got nick young and jordan clarkson.
    but he has Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert on defense, MWP on defense.
    Lou Williams has a trick or 2 up his sleeve too.
    For another team to lock down all these guys is impossible.
    they are hoping and praying to god that they can just contain Kobe bc they cant stop Randle, Lou will, or JC.
    if Dangelo gets going and gets his game up to 100 pct. its gonna be scary for the other team.
    now like i told you before. if my lineup was to play on the floor and Nance Jr. gets more mins and MWP.
    were gonna be a good team
    i hope my starting 5 comes eventually:
    /Clarkson /Kobe Randle /Nance / Hibbert/.
    3 for offense 2 for defense.
    Bench Dangelo/ Lou/ MWP /Bass /Black.
    3rd stringer bench Huertas/ Nick Young /A Brown /Kelly /Sacre.
    huertas a true PG with nick and brown to shoot 3s.
    Kelly can provide some offense,
    and sacre is just a body in the paint.
    if all he does is block shots and rebound.
    i would thank God and Jesus for that much.
    Paytc please pray Sacre gets better bc i dont know what else to use him for.

  • it’s 5:30 and we play Miami in 2 hours time.
    Anything we should do this game?
    Besides play defense for 4 quarters and offense too?
    if we dont stop them in the 4th quarter and allow them to score.
    plus on the offensive end if we dont find ways to score were just going to lose again.
    People need to step up defensively and offensively.
    this team really needs to play with more passion like they want to do something.
    do they want to reach the playoffs? i know i do.
    MWP has shown alot of passion for someone who is 35 and almost past his prime hes playing with alot of heart.
    I would like to see Nance Jr. grab more rebounds, block some shots too.
    (something sacre doesnt get)
    Kobe is not completely back from his injuries and being away from basketball for 2 or 3 years.
    We cannot just throw the ball to Kobe everytime love him or not.
    Run plays give the ball to Randle or Clarkson let them score.
    Lou williams is a great scorer too use him in the 4th quarter.
    And our bigs need to rebound and block shots Hibbert Randle Bass Nance Black Kelly.
    Huertas and Dangelo should be looking to set up some alley oop dunks too make it easy for these big guys to score.
    Especially big Roy.
    Id like to see Roy Hibbert score more points use his 7’2 frame.
    any other advice or tips guys?
    Cmon Laker fans stand behind your team.
    we need to win right now desperately……

  • it’s 5:30 and we play Miami in 2 hours time.
    Anything we should do this game?
    Besides play defense for 4 quarters and offense too?
    if we dont stop them in the 4th quarter and allow them to score.
    plus on the offensive end if we dont find ways to score were just going to lose again.
    People need to step up defensively and offensively.
    this team really needs to play with more passion like they want to do something.
    do they want to reach the playoffs? i know i do.
    MWP has shown alot of passion for someone who is 35 and almost past his prime hes playing with alot of heart.
    I would like to see Nance Jr. grab more rebounds, block some shots too.
    (something sacre doesnt get)
    Kobe is not completely back from his injuries and being away from basketball for 2 or 3 years.
    We cannot just throw the ball to Kobe everytime love him or not.
    Run plays give the ball to Randle or Clarkson let them score.
    Lou williams is a great scorer too use him in the 4th quarter.
    And our bigs need to rebound and block shots Hibbert Randle Bass Nance Black Kelly.
    Huertas and Dangelo should be looking to set up some alley oop dunks too make it easy for these big guys to score.
    Especially big Roy.
    Id like to see Roy Hibbert score more points use his 7’2 frame.
    any other advice or tips guys?
    Cmon Laker fans stand behind your team.
    we need to win right now desperately……

  • MWP STILL has it, a good defensive player. The starting unit is the best, BUT it’s not working. Kobe shooting poorly with bigger defender at SF. Russel, Clarkson and Kobe playing together is not working after 6 games. Hibbert needs some help on defense. The second unit is doing better with MWP, Nance and Black.
    Please put Kobe BACK to Shooting Guard for his last season(?)

    Clarkson/Russel(PG), Kobe(SG), MWP/Bass, Randle, Hibbert.
    Clarkson/Russel, Williams, Young, Nance/Bass, Black.

    Bass is a good player, but he is not a center.
    Black proved himself to be a good back up center.

  • MWP STILL has it, a good defensive player. The starting unit is the best, BUT it’s not working. Kobe shooting poorly with bigger defender at SF. Russel, Clarkson and Kobe playing together is not working after 6 games. Hibbert needs some help on defense. The second unit is doing better with MWP, Nance and Black.
    Please put Kobe BACK to Shooting Guard for his last season(?)

    Clarkson/Russel(PG), Kobe(SG), MWP/Bass, Randle, Hibbert.
    Clarkson/Russel, Williams, Young, Nance/Bass, Black.

    Bass is a good player, but he is not a center.
    Black proved himself to be a good back up center.

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