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Lakers’ Metta World Peace on Steph Curry, Warriors: ‘I hate good teams’

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Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace has been plying his trade in the NBA since 1999. The 37-year-old has had his fair share of hated teams down the years. The Golden State Warriors is the latest victim. The man from Queens, New York explains the rationale behind the disdain for the Warriors.

“They are too good. I hate good teams. I hate teams that are good because that means I’m losing. And I take everything personal as a basketball player, so you have to figure out a way to beat these guys, but the problem is, they are a team,” Metta World Peace said in an interview with Colin Cowherd, as reported by SLAMonline.

“They are a true definition of a team and all these other players, while they’re into themselves, the Warriors are into the team. So now you’re trying to beat a team who is three years ahead of you. The Warriors are years and years ahead of everyone else.”

With their win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night, the Warriors matched the mid-1990’s Chicago Bulls with 203 wins over a three-year span. The Warriors can set a new record Tuesday when they host the Timberwolves.

Metta World Peace on Warriors talking trash

Cowherd went on to ask World Peace if the Warriors talk trash during games. The Lakers man revealed that they have fun instead of talking trash.

“You see what I’m saying? Draymond (Green) talks trash, but at the end of the day, all they’re doing is having fun, and you take it personal because they’re having fun at your expense, and you really have no chance. The Warriors are years and years ahead of everyone else,” World Peace stressed.

World Peace predicted Stephen Curry’s success

Stephen Curry goes head-to-head with LeBron James as NBA’s most recognizable superstar. However, it wasn’t the same during his initial years in the game.

Curry’s first four seasons were not remarkable. The 29-year-old averaged 19.2 points per game and shot 46.5% from the field. He even failed to be named in an All-Star team.

However, veteran Metta World Peace saw a potential in Curry. The 37-year-old made a bold prediction on Twitter after watching the point guard play against San Antonio Spurs.

World Peace also posted an image on Twitter highlighting the hate he received for suggesting that Curry could be the best player in the league. The image shows several tweets mocking the veteran forward for his prediction.

https://twitter.com/MettaWorldPeace/status/849273607180005376

Curry went on to win back-to-back MVP awards. However, World Peace’s prediction was a year too early.

Curry finished sixth in MVP voting the year after World Peace’s prediction, behind Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Joakim Noah, and James Harden. His breakout came one year later when he was the overwhelming MVP choice over LeBron.

Photo courtesy: Derral Chen/Flickr

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