NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Metta World Peace has an opinion on who might make a “great coach” for the New York Knicks.
Nope, it’s not Phil Jackson. And he’s not talking about the Van Gundy brothers.
World Peace believes — wait for it — oft-criticized owner James Dolan has the right stuff to lead his team from the bench.
“He gave some great speeches,” World Peace told the New York Daily News. “One time he said something that confused me but for the most part he was great. In Memphis the other day he spoke to us and I was thinking, ‘This guy would make a great coach.’ Hey, when Larry Bird coached Indiana he had Rick Carlisle doing everything behind the scenes. Obama is our President but he has a team of people working behind him. Mr. Dolan could do the same. Why not? I’m going to miss him.”
World Peace, 34, was officially waived Monday after playing in only 29 games this season. He said Dolan, who has been knocked by Knicks fans for being too hands-on, isn’t shy about saying what’s on his mind.
“He commands attention when he speaks to us,” World Peace said. “And it’s not like if he wanted the job he couldn’t have it. He owns the team.”
As for the current coach, World Peace believes Mike Woodson should “learn how to tell people to shut the hell up.”
“He’s too receptive to opinions,” he said.
World Peace also gave his opinion on Carmelo Anthony, comparing the All-Star forward to former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant.
“Kobe doesn’t give (an expletive), he just wants to win,” he said. “Melo needs to be more demanding and he needs to see results. The only difference between him and Kobe is that Kobe saw results. When Kobe said something people did that (stuff).”
The floundering Knicks have lost three straight games and nine of 11. Monday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks dropped them to 21-36.
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