When Metta World Peace joined the New York Knick last year, it was supposed be the perfect way to him to end his career. World Peace is a native New Yorker, hailing from Queens and also played his college basketball with the St. John’s Red Storm.
However, just one year after finishing with a record of 54-28, the second-best mark in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks’ 2013-2014 season was an absolute disaster. They finished 17 games worse with a record of 37-45 and missed out on the postseason. Individually, World Peace had an awful season. He played in 29 games, starting only one. He averaged a career-low 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 39.7% from the field, 31.5% from beyond the arc and 62.5% from the free throw line. He asked for his release from the Knicks, but no other team picked him up and he is now a girl’s high school basketball coach.
However, now that World Peace’s former coach, Phil Jackson, is president of the Knicks, World Peace could join the team. In fact he never would have left in the first play if he knew Jackson was on the way. World Peace was also a long-time teammate of Knicks’ head coach Derek Fisher.
“[World Peace] has the utmost respect for Phil and Derek,’’ his agent, Marc Cornstein, told The Post. “There’s a history there. They know he’s out there.’’
World Peace, who is an unrestricted free agent in the NBA, has had a 15-year NBA Career, playing for the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Knicks. He has averaged 13.8 points, , 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 41.7% from the field, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 71.6% from the free throw line during that span.