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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Metta World Peace: Lakers made good decision to waive me

Metta World Peace LakersMetta World Peace wanted to retire as a Los Angeles Lakers player, but he concedes the team did the smart thing by waiving him.

World Peace was released by the Lakers this month via the amnesty provision. He was owed just over $7 million for the upcoming season, and the Lakers may have saved themselves double that amount because of luxury tax implications.

Speaking from the set of a Hallmark Channel TV show on Friday, Metta told the LA Daily News that he would have released himself too if he were the Lakers.

“I think it’s a good move,” World Peace told the Daily News’ Mark Medina. “If I was the franchise, it’s different. But not being the franchise, they have to make a decision.

“They saved more money,” World Peace said. “But if it was me, I would’ve made a bold decision and saved more money.”

World Peace told Medina he would have amnestied everyone except franchise player Kobe Bryant (teams are only allowed to amnesty one player, so that would have been impossible). Metta signed a two-year, $3.2 million deal for the veteran minimum with the New York Knicks. He still will be paid the difference between what the Knicks signed him for and what the Lakers owed him.

Even though the Lakers amnestied World Peace and lost Dwight Howard in free agency, they have made two quality additions by signing Nick Young and Jordan Farmar.

Metta World Peace reportedly signs with New York Knicks

Metta World PeaceMetta World Peace reportedly signed a two-year contract with the New York Knicks on Monday. According to ESPNNewYork.com, the first year of the deal is guaranteed.

Over the weekend, reports surfaced indicating the Knicks were World Peace’s top choice, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers. He also made mention of some quirky ideas like playing in the NHL or playing Arena Football, but we all knew that was just Metta being Metta.

Although he would not confirm that he had signed with the Knicks when the NY Post’s Marc Berman asked him about it on Monday afternoon, World Peace tweeted the following shortly after the news was announced.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson recently praised World Peace when asked about the possibility of the team signing him.

“I like his skill sets a lot,” Woodson said. “I think a lot of teams have liked his skill sets over the years. He does a little bit of everything.”

The Los Angeles Lakers used the amnesty provision on the artist formerly known as Ron Artest last week, which seemed to upset him. However, he averaged 12.4 points per game last season and can still play a valuable role at age 33 — particularly on defense. He should fit in nicely as a bench player in New York.

Metta World Peace expected to sign with Knicks

Metta World PeaceMetta World Peace was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers during the week and, if the veteran forward clears waivers, he is expected to sign with the New York Knicks.

The Knicks were mentioned as a strong possibility for World Peace from the moment the Lakers waived him. Al Iannozzone of Newsday says the Knicks are expected to be first in line to sign Metta if he clears. ESPN’s Chris Broussard says the Knicks are World Peace’s first choice, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers as a “distant” second, and then China.

World Peace, who turns 33 in November, can only sign for the veteran’s minimum if he clears waivers and becomes a free agent. He was set to earn over $7 million from the Lakers next season and will still be paid that amount, but it just won’t count against the Lakers for the salary cap or luxury tax.

Metta World Peace described being amnestied using his favorite burger joint

Metta-World-PeaceMetta World Peace has a very unique way with words. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to use the amnesty provision to get out from under his contract, and we already know how Kobe Bryant feels about it. It seems like World Peace is equally disappointed — I think?

On Wednesday morning, World Peace took to Twitter to rant about how his favorite burger joint raised the price of vegan burgers and did something to the buns. The more he wrote, the more it became obvious he wasn’t actually talking about food.

Leave it to the guy who thanked Jesus for making him lose his teeth at a young age to compare being released to a menu change. While World Peace has been a solid bench contributor for the Lakers over the past four seasons, he is 34, battling injuries, and owed $7.7 million next year. If LA is trying to get younger after losing Dwight Howard, it makes sense that World Peace has become expendable.