METTA World Peace is back after more than a year out of the NBA and the veteran bruiser has criticized the modern style of play, saying it has become “a baby’s game.”
“I remember I came into the NBA in 1999, the game was a little bit more rough. The game now is more for kids. It’s not really a man’s game anymore,” World Peace said in an article by Kurt Helin on nbcsports.com.
Known for his aggressive play, the 35-year-old World Peace has made it back to the Lakers squad after last suiting up in the NBA with the New York Knicks in 2014.
Now the veteran forward, an NBA champion with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in 2010, sees the current situation as a problem.
“The parents are really protective of their children. They cry to their AAU coaches. They cry to the refs, ‘That’s a foul. That’s a foul.’
“Sometimes I wish those parents would just stay home, don’t come to the game, and now translated, these same AAU kids whose parents came to the game, ‘That’s a foul.’ These kids are in the NBA. So now we have a problem. You’ve got a bunch of babies professionally around the world.”
World Peace, however, said what he can do is simply adjust to the game.
“It’s no longer a man’s game,” World Peace said.
“It’s a baby’s game. There’s softies everywhere. Everybody’s soft. Nobody’s hard no more. So, you just deal with it, you adjust and that’s it.”