Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant signed a two-year $48.5 million dollar contract. Some have criticized him for taking such a large contract as he enters the twilight of his career. Some think if he was serious about winning a sixth championship he should have taken less money to give the Lakers financial flexibility to pursue free agents.
Former Lakers teammate Metta World Peace disagrees.
“He should have taken the money,” World Peace said, via ESPN’s Arash Markazi. “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.”
World Peace’s gushing of Kobe didn’t stop there as he went on to praise him, with a weird rant mixed in.
“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.”
“Kobe has a few flaws, but he has some good things about him also,” World Peace said. “He has a killer instinct and sometimes he channels it in a way that’s not relatable. But at the same time he has this drive that he wants to win. So I can see somebody taking the risk and coming here. I don’t know who. I’m very intense, but Kobe … he channels his better than me.”