Dec 10, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks small forward Metta World Peace reacts in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Metta World Peace to coach girls high school basketball

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Metta World Peace has had a fine NBA career.

World Peace was drafted with the 16th-overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft. He has since played for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and most recently, the New York Knicks.

However, World Peace lasted just 29 games with the Knicks, but hopes he can potentially return to the Knicks (or any other team for that matter) now that his former head coach, Phil Jackson, is the team’s president.

Although World Peace’s future with in the NBA may be in doubt, his future in basketball certainly isn’t. In fact, World Peace will now be coaching. World Peace is now an assistant for the girls basketball team at Palisades High School, head coach Torino Johnson announced.

We still have to go through the paperwork process, but Metta will be a member of our 2015 coaching staff,” Johnson told “I do a lot of work with NBA guys and I’ve gotten to him. We’ve been talking about it for a few years and when I mentioned how crazy it would be for him to be a coach at Pali his exact words were ‘Give me a title!'”

Johnson went on to say that World Peace would be a big part of the strategies the team implements at practice, drawing on his lengthy NBA experience.

World Peace, who is an unrestricted free agent in the NBA, has had a 15-year NBA Career. He has averaged 13.8 points, , 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game during that span.

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