Metta World Peace has returned home to New York, signing a two-year dear, with a player option for the second, with the Knicks.
When the news first broke that Metta might head back East, our J.R. Gamble wrote that the New York Knicks were about to make the same mistake they've been making for years: signing players after their prime.
Problem is, once again the Knicks are pursuing a player years too late. They got Glen Rice too late. Antonio McDyess was damaged goods. Larry Johnson arrived with a bum back.
The Knicks could have nabbed Artest in the ‘99 NBA Draft. Instead, in a series of comical, inept and head-scratching personnel decisions over the past two decades, NY passed over the hometown stud out of St. John’s University to select a 7-2 stiff from France named Frederic Weis (Remember Weis getting a facial from Vinsanity in the Olympics? Lol.)
Still, Metta says he excited about joining the star-studded roster.
"It's all about the players," World Peace told reporters at the Las Vegas Summer League Monday about his decision to go to New York. "The team is amazing.I'm excited to play and hustle. I'm excited to hustle for (Raymond) Felton, for Iman (Shumpert), for Tyson (Chandler), Melo (Anthony), (Amar'e) Stoudemire, coach (Mike Woodson). That's all it's about right now. It has nothing to do with New York the city. The only thing that's important is those players that I will be joining and touching the hardwood with. That's all that's important."