On Saturday night Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was involved in an incident that resulted in him shoving a Texas Tech fan. It immediately drew up memories of Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, running into the stands to confront fans.
So ahead of the New York Knicks match against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was asked about the situation and what kind of advice he’d give Smart.
Q: If you could talk to Marcus, what advice would you give?
A: I don’t know how old he is, but I know at 19 years old when I came out of St. Johns, I was fresh out the hood, fresh out of Queensbridge. So my mentality was still struggle, defensive and things like that. So I wasn’t really conscious. But I’m 34 years old now. He’s a young kid. I wish I would have listened when I was a kid, to my elders or to people who had my best interest at heart. And then I wish I would have been more conscious at my age. Those are two things that if you were to reach out to a kid like Marcus, a talented kid, a future leader in the community, you would tell him those things.
It isn interesting to hear World Peace say he wishes he would’ve listened to his elders more. It is unfair to put a teenager in a situation where he is required to take the alleged racial slurs hurled at him from a man who looks well over 40 years old.