The 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers were the worst team in franchise history, but the most infamous moment in their season took place far away from any basketball court.
When reports surfaced that D'Angelo Russell was being isolated by his teammates after a video he took of teammate Nick Young admitting to infidelity became public, it seemed like a dark Lakers season couldn't get any worse. However, during an appearance on "The Jump" with Rachel Nichols of ESPN, Metta World Peace disputed the initial accounts of the issue.
World Peace described the incident as a "little issue," even when Nichols questioned him about how bad the reports made the incident sound.
"It wasn't that, it wasn't like that," repeated World Peace. "I can't say exactly like what it was... We gave him a little talk, because nowadays, it's like the young players that are coming into sports are so immature these days. They make a lot of mistakes. So you have to always be there picking them up."
World Peace described the current NBA as "way different" than when he was playing in part due to youth like Russell, but it's still a league he thinks his former teammate Luke Walton can have success in as the Lakers newest head coach.
"I'm excited for him. Like two years ago, three years ago, I was like 'Luke, why are you not coaching?' And he was like 'I don't know if I can coach Ron,' and I was like 'you're going to be a great coach,'" said World Peace, who also revealed he used to seek Walton, rather than an assistant coach, out for advice on the Lakers bench during their playing days.
World Peace also made it clear that he wants to continue to play and would like to be back with the Lakers, but that it's not a done deal yet. You can watch the full interview below.
All quotes transcribed via "the Jump." You can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.