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Metta World Peace: Knicks wanted me to blend in, not lead

Metta World Peace KnicksMetta World Peace could not find much playing time with the New York Knicks and was averaging a career-low 4.8 points per game this season, which is one of the reasons he asked for his release. The other, he says, is that Mike Woodson and company were opposed to him trying to be a leader.

On Sunday, World Peace told Marc Berman of the NY Post that he was met with resistance at times when he attempted to be a team leader.

“I didn’t mind playing any role, but I didn’t see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,” he said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance. I backed off a little and tried to blend in with the team. I tried to find where I could complement the players but I couldn’t find any room to complement.”

World Peace, or Ron Artest as some still know him, is in his 15th NBA season. While he is known for fighting fans and saying whacky things, he has also been one of the game’s best defensive players for a number of years. With the Knicks struggling as badly as they have, you would think veteran experience would be valued.

World Peace intends to play another season or two and then try to get into coaching. He would not rule out a return to the Knicks next season now that Phil Jackson is on board.

Metta World Peace: Carmelo Anthony needs to be more like Kobe Bryant

Carmelo AnthonyMetta World Peace was waived by the New York Knicks on Monday after appearing in just 29 games. In his short time in New York, World Peace had a first-hand look at one of the biggest disasters in the NBA.

The Knicks, who many thought had a chance to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, are 21-36 and rapidly sliding out of playoff contention. Carmelo Anthony has not been able to prevent New York from losing nine of its last 11 games. If he was more like Kobe Bryant, World Peace thinks ‘Melo would have a better shot.

“Kobe doesn’t give a (bleep), he just wants to win,” Metta told the NY Daily News. “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). Carmelo has no choice but to make it his personality because he’s a great player. There are not too many guys like him.”

Anthony, who can opt out of his contract at the end of the season, has done his best to not be a distraction. He has said all the right things publicly and refused to blame head coach Mike Woodson for the team’s struggles. World Peace described him as a great teammate, but he has a point about Anthony’s leadership skills.

Talent wise, Carmelo is probably one of the top 10 players in the NBA. If he carried himself like Kobe or LeBron James, the Knicks might play with more passion. They need that and then some.

Metta World Peace says argument with Kenyon Martin was over pasta

Metta World Peace KnicksThe New York Knicks have lost nine games in a row, and the stench of defeat is starting to cause frustration in the locker room. Before Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin reportedly got into a heated argument. Most of us assumed it had to do with the team’s recent struggles, but World Peace claims the dust-up wasn’t even about basketball.

“We were eating pasta. He had elbow pasta, I had shell pasta, and I told him how my shell pasta is better than his elbow pasta,” World Peace said Tuesday, per Frank Isola of the NY Daily News. “And he was pretty upset about that. He loves elbow pasta, but I disagree, I think shell pasta is better. I don’t care. I will stand by that. Shell pasta.”

That seems pretty hard to believe. Then again, everything the artist formerly known as Ron Artest says it a bit far-fetched. As for the team, Carmelo Anthony admitted that there are concerns head coach Mike Woodson could lose his job if the current trend continues.

“I mean, yeah, we’re worried about that,” Anthony said on Tuesday. “But then again, we’ve got to worry about playing basketball, man. I think that’s been a problem in New York all this time. Everybody worries about what’s being said on the outside.”

The Knicks are currently their own worst enemy, and I don’t think elbow or shell pasta has anything to do with it. If the team cannot find a way to win a few games, something has to give. Don’t be surprised if that something is a someone — Woodson.

Chest bump to Ball Don’t Lie

Metta World Peace, Kenyon Martin reportedly had ‘heated’ argument

Metta-World-Peace-KnicksLosers of nine in a row, the New York Knicks are showing more fight in-house than they are on the court.

Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin engaged in a “heated” discussion during a workout prior to Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN New York. No word on what ignited the argument but the Knicks’ recent woes probably helped fuel it.

New York, which has dropped eight of nine at Madison Square Garden, is tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Only the Utah Jazz, with a 3-15 mark, reeks more.

Things might be looking up though. The Knicks clash with the struggling Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday. Maybe World Peace or Martin will take out their frustrations on Kevin Garnett.

But think about how intense that dust-up must have been. Metta and K-Mart are two of the craziest guys in the NBA. Knowing some of the things each of them have done, can you imagine what a fight between the two of them would look like?

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Metta World Peace: I didn’t know who Knicks coach was when I came to New York

Metta-World-Peace-KnicksThe New York Knicks lost their seventh game in a row on Wednesday night, this time at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers. Everyone deserves a small portion of the blame for the team’s horrendous play, but head coach Mike Woodson could find his seat too hot to sit on if the trend continues. That would be just fine with Metta World Peace.

It’s not that World Peace dislikes Woodson — he just wants to win in New York and doesn’t care who’s in charge. In fact, Metta claims he didn’t even know who the Knicks’ coach was when he signed with the team over the summer.

“I honestly didn’t even know who the coach was when I was coming to New York,” he said earlier this week, via ESPNNewYork.com. “I just wanted to win a championship; I didn’t even know who was coaching. I didn’t care. It could have been Aunt Jemima. They could have had the syrup coaching. I was coming here regardless. I just wanted to win a championship here.”

I can tell you with confidence that Aunt Jemima would not have done a worse job with the Knicks over the last two weeks than Woodson has. Seven straight losses is seven straight losses. After Wednesday’s loss, the Knicks held a 20-minute meeting with both players and coaches. They already tried the players-only thing earlier this season, and it doesn’t appear that it worked.

“We talked. Everybody talked,” Anthony said of Wednesday’s meeting. “The players had a meeting, the coaches — everybody had a meeting after the game. We had to talk. We’re trying to figure it out together. We have to put four quarters together. We got to do it for one another. Right now the game is not fun for nobody. We’re just not making it happen.”

Woodson certainly isn’t the only problem, but a coach has to take responsibility. Aunt Jemima may be a better candidate at this point.

Metta World Peace took the F train to MSG for his Knicks game

Ron Artest RapperMetta World Peace is a man of the people. So much so that he took the F train to Madison Square Garden for his season-opening game with the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

HoopsWorld’s Tommy Beer says Metta took the F train from the Queensbridge stop to 34th street prior to the Knicks’ 90-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

“It was a focused ride… 10-15 minutes,” World Peace said, via Beer. “I took the train just like every other hard working New Yorker.”

Metta had four points and four rebounds in 17 minutes in the win. At least the Queens native had much more positive things to say about taking the train than the infamous John Rocker. But I wouldn’t expect anything less from Metta.

Tyler Hansbrough was ready to fight until he realized it was Metta World Peace (Video)

Oh this video is just precious right here. Tyler Hansbrough, now with the Toronto Raptors (!!!), drove the lane and was fouled hard by the New York Knicks during a preseason game on Monday night. He was pretty ticked about someone hanging all over him from behind and looked like he was ready to go. But after turning around, Hansbrough realized it was Metta World Peace who was behind him, and he quickly backed down.

“Oh my bad,” Hansbrough quickly said after realizing it was Metta.

Man, you ever seen someone reconsider a fight quicker than that? That was too great. I mean the look on Hansbrough’s face was just priceless. Look at this:

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