When Metta World Peace, formerly known as the `notorious’ Ron Artest, speaks, you better listen. And no, it’s not because of all the trash talking but because he knows what he’s talking about. And when it comes to the age-old debate about whether or not MWP’s former teammate, Kobe Bryant, is the greatest of all time or if he is better than LeBron James or any other player, you better take down notes.
Metta and Kobe were together during the Black Mamba’s last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and in the league. Kobe’s last ride, a Lakers win over the Utah Jazz, MWP said, was nothing short of awesome.
“Kobe’s last game, he scored 60 points. That night, it was awesome. That was it, you’ll never see him step on that court again and he gave everything he had left. Some people said it was selfish of him – shooting all those baskets, but that’s Kobe. He always comes to play,” the 37-year-old former All-Star shared with SnippetMEdia during his brief Manila visit. “And that game, that was a fitting farewell for him.”
“Kobe is not God, but he’s close. I’m sure whenever he visits here (Manila), people go crazy. And it’s no surprise. That’s Kobe, that’s his effect on people. Kobe, some nights you won’t like him because he keeps shooting the ball – and everyone else wants to shoot the ball, but you will really respect him,” MWP said.
And if the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year — one of the best to have played with and against the future Hall of Fame first ballotter, would describe Bryant as a player, it is being a player on a level of his own.
“If you ‘re going to write a book, Kobe, his book is a story like no other. A great story that no one else could write.”