Metta World Peace to change name again

It’s been all quiet on the Metta World Peace front as it relates to oddball behavior, but his recent signing with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association has provided the eccentric basketball player a perfect opportunity to draw some attention to himself. Not surprisingly, the man formerly known as Ron Artest says […] The post Metta World Peace to change name again, this time allegedly to ‘Panda Friend’ appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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Phil Jackson, Metta World Peace Steal Show at LA Lakers-NY Knicks Game

Phil Jackson has already made his presence felt with the New York Knicks after being named team president this March, so we shouldn’t be surprised he showed up at the Staples Center to watch his new team take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

It almost feels like a home game for the long-time Lakers head coach, but it couldn’t be further from his current New York state of mind. Ever since Jackson was passed over in favor of Mike D’Antoni in 2012, his relations with the franchise haven’t extended beyond part-owner Jeanie Buss.

The Knicks are hoping Jackson can keep franchise cornerstone Carmelo Anthony around while also attracting the kind of talent that could help the organization contend right away. New York may be closer to doing just that than the fully-rebuilding Lakers.

Both teams find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, but Jackson’s Knicks have the opportunity to change that should their improved play of late continue. Their West-Coast roadtrip began with Tuesday night’s game against the Lakers, but the Knicks have said Jackson won’t travel with the team according to the New York Post‘s Marc Berman.

In the meantime, Jackson’s also finding time to see some old friends.

Random Twitter rants aside, Metta World Peace has plenty of time on his hands these days. He was cut by the New York Knicks earlier this season, leaving him without gainful employment in the NBA for the first time since 1999.

Unless, of course, you count the 75 games for which he was suspended during the 2004-05 season on account of his involvement in the “Malice at the Palace.”

Of course, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest’s lack of a job this time around has less to do with flagrant, in-arena pugilism and much more to do with his age (34) and the condition of his knees.

On the bright side, World Peace’s unemployment has left him with ample opportunity to drop in on his old friends and colleagues. According to the Los Angeles Lakers’ Twitter account, he chose to do just that for Tuesday’s showdown between the Knicks and the Lakers on TNT:

World Peace hinted at his impending presence at his old stomping grounds earlier in the evening:

Just after locating his calf, which apparently went missing:

In Metta’s mind, sitting courtside in the same building where he won a title in purple and gold back in 2010 might be enough to get him another gig in the Association:

World Peace would probably have a better shot at finding one with the Lakers if he were, say, a precocious teenager from Australia by the name of Dante Exum. The Los Angeles Times‘ Eric Pincus reported that he was also in attendance:

It’d be a while, though, before Exum earned a video montage like the one the Lakers composed on World Peace’s behalf: 

 

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Metta World Peace Attends Game Between Former Teams, LA Lakers and NY Knicks

Random Twitter rants aside, Metta World Peace has plenty of time on his hands these days. He was cut by the New York Knicks earlier this season, leaving him without gainful employment in the NBA for the first time since 1999.

Unless, of course, you count the 75 games for which he was suspended during the 2004-05 season on account of his involvement in the “Malice at the Palace.”

Of course, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest’s lack of a job this time around has less to do with flagrant, in-arena pugilism and much more to do with his age (34) and the condition of his knees.

On the bright side, World Peace’s unemployment has left him with ample opportunity to drop in on his old friends and colleagues. According to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ Twitter account, he chose to do just that for Tuesday’s showdown between the Knicks and the Lakers on TNT:

World Peace hinted at his impending presence at his old stomping grounds earlier in the evening:

Just after locating his calf, which apparently went missing:

In Metta‘s mind, sitting courtside in the same building where he won a title in purple and gold back in 2010 might be enough to get him another gig in the Association:

World Peace would probably have a better shot at finding one with the Lakers if he were, say, a precocious teenager from Australia by the name of Dante ExumThe Los Angeles Times‘ Eric Pincus reported that he was also in attendance:

It’d be a while, though, before Exum earned a video montage like the one the Lakers composed on World Peace’s behalf: 

Give World Peace a chance…on Twitter.

 

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Former Knick Metta World Peace Believes New York Can Win Title This Season

Everyone who misses Metta World Peace, please raise your hand.

OK, that’s way too many hands.

It’s been nearly a month since World Peace was waived by the New York Knicks following a prodigal return to New York that began with promise and optimism and ended riddled with injuries and littered with intrigue.

Now that the Knicks have hired Phil Jackson, MWP’s former coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, well, Ron Ron has a few predictions for his most recent employer:

We’re not entirely sure whether these need be taken seriously, especially from a guy who thanked his psychiatrist after winning the 2010 NBA Finals and also did this:

Metta’s got his ring—thanks in large part to Phil, to be sure—so odds are there’s at least a hint of genuine sentiment behind these bite-sized dispatches.

At the same time: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Could the Knicks still make the playoffs? Judging by their effort-laden performance in Wednesday’s 92-86 win over the conference-leading Indiana Pacers—with PJax in crowd-roaring attendance, no less—they most certainly can.

Perhaps Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes summed it up best:

The Knicks are four games behind the Atlanta Hawks for that final seed in the East, and it appears a historically disappointing season might soon be upgraded to ‘still a pretty big bummer.’

But win the NBA championship? How often are Metta and Phil hanging out, exactly?

Put it this way: If World Peace’s predictions come true—if Phil’s sagacious presence is enough to singlehandedly sling the Knicks to a title—I will download this post to a floppy disk and eat it.

There’s little doubt that happy days are here again for the Knicks. It’s just all going to happen in this galaxy.

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NBA Rumors: Metta World Peace to sign with Miami Heat?

Metta World Peace was waived by the New York Knicks earlier this week after the former Laker agreed to a buyout with his hometown franchise. World Peace must now decide on where he’d like to continue his NBA career.
The 34-year-old player formally known as Ron Artest was said to have interest in joining the San Antonio Spurs, though the feeling isn’t mutual according to Jeff McDonald.
World Peace is also interested in signing with either the Oklahoma City Thunder or Miami Heat, according to Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders.
Seeing as the Thunder have reportedly reached an agreement with Caron Butler, it seems that the Heat are the last team on MWP’s wish list. It’s unclear whether Miami have any interest in signing the one-time NBA champion, however.
As Kennedy points out, World Peace may end up having to sign with a team on a 10-day deal in order to prove that he can still play in this league seeing as he’s only appeared in 29 games so far this season.
One destination that can…

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Los Angeles Clippers Will Reportedly Have Interest in Metta World Peace

As buyout situations continue to take shape around the NBA, Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Los Angeles Clippers will be interested in free-agent forward Metta World Peace, who has been waived by the New York Knicks.

The Clippers have already been very active in free agency by making a variety of midseason pickups. They signed 29-year-old guard Sasha Vujacic to a 10-day contract in early February, mere weeks after signing veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

According to the Clippers’ Twitter account, they have also signed free-agent forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis. He’ll reunite with head coach Doc Rivers, who coached Davis during his stint with the Boston Celtics.

Now L.A. is tied to yet another veteran in the free-agent pool.

World Peace is an experienced forward who won a title in 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he’s gone through an abrupt decline since. In 29 games for New York, MWP averaged 4.8 points and two rebounds per game while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from three-point range.

Although his offensive production has dipped significantly, his defensive prowess has remained relatively consistent. NBA.com indicates that his defensive rating (team points allowed per 100 possessions with Metta on the court) is a very respectable 100.2.

Be aware that that statistic is part of a small sample size, but there’s reason to believe MWP could still make a defensive impact in short bursts.

According to the Los Angeles Times‘ Broderick Turner and Ben Bolch, the Clippers decided to trade Antawn Jamison and Byron Mullens prior to the 2014 trade deadline in order to open up two roster spots and get under the luxury tax threshold. 

Provided that Davis has slid into one of those positions, World Peace would potentially take the second available roster spot.

USA Today‘s Sam Amick points out that the signing is “not a slam dunk,” but the artist formerly known as Ron Artest knows what it takes to win a title. It sounds absurd, but he may actually be a good fit beside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in L.A. as they prepare for a playoff run in the loaded Western Conference.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard, however, is reporting that World Peace hopes to end up with the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder, so there may be doubts to a potential future with the Clips.

The Clippers offense has already been running like a well-oiled machine, as it ranks second in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 108.7 points per 100 possessions (tied with the Portland Trail Blazers). Due to that, it makes sense for L.A. to target the defensive-minded veteran as a means of adding depth.

Jared Dudley has struggled since leaving the Phoenix Suns via trade, so giving Coach Rivers plenty of options on the bench can only be seen as a net positive.

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Mike Woodson confirms Metta World Peace, Beno Urdih buy out

The New York Knicks are finalizing a buyout with Queensbridge native Metta World Peace and Beno Urdih. Knicks coach Mike Woodson confirmed the news. “I can’t say anything went wrong,” Woodson said, via Newsday’s Al Iannazzone. “They weren’t in the rotations. I’m not going to linger on it. We’re buying them out.” “It’s something that was discussed, and they decided to pull the trigger on it,” Woodson added. “We’re going in another direction. We’ve got to figure out another spot or two for our ballclub.” Thank NYC for everything. Thanks for having me I will always be grateful… My agent is working on a buyout. No disrespect to the city Luv U — Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) February 22, 2014 World Peace signed a two-year deal, with the second a player option for roughly $1.6 million. Udrih got a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum. World Peace played in just 29 games, averaging 4.8 points in 13.4 minutes. The post Mike Woodson confirms Metta World Peace, Beno Urd

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Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih Reportedly Agree to Buyouts with Knicks

Two players that have not contributed much in recent weeks are reportedly out on their own after the New York Knicks decided to release Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.   

Al Iannazzone of Newsday first reported the transaction:

World Peace took to Twitter to announce that the move would be happening and send a message to the team and its fans:

The 34-year-old veteran signed as a free agent this past summer, but he has struggled to get onto the court and is only averaging 13.4 minutes in 29 games this year. His average of 4.8 points per game would be the lowest of his 15-year career.

Things have been even worse lately as he has only entered in six games since the start of January, totaling only 13 points in that stretch.

Meanwhile, Udrih has not appeared in a game since Jan. 24 when he scored three points in a win against the Charlotte Bobcats. This came shortly after the point guard requested a trade, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Begley also notes that Udrih angered people earlier in the season when he explained: 

I kind of feel like when I do the right thing, it’s not the right thing in some people’s eyes. It’s just tough. It’s easy to point fingers when the team loses. But it comes down to, we are a team, we lose together. No matter who makes a mistake or who doesn’t, it’s still a team loss. So I think all of this stuff should be kept out of the media and not call certain people out or something. We’ve just got to go out there and fix it and watch video and fix it as a team.

Udrih is averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 assists in limited minutes this season, but he has made 42.5 percent of his shots from behind the arc. With his shooting ability and experience, it will likely not take long for him to find another job.

Of course, this continues a negative trend for the Knicks after a poor summer worth of moves, as noted by Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck:

With a 21-34 record and time running out to make the playoffs, this is just another issue in a disappointing year for New York.

 

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Metta World Peace to be waived by New York Knicks

You hate to see this kind of thing happen.
The Los Angeles Lakers waived Metta World Peace via the league’s one-time amnesty clause over the summer and the player who was formally known as Ron Artest took it all in his stride as he looked at the positive side of the situation: Due to being cut by the Lakers, he’d be able to realize his boyhood dream of playing for his hometown New York Knicks.
Within days of being amnestied, World Peace agreed to a two-year deal with the Knicks and was excited to head home.
However, the Knicks got off to a terrible start to the year and World Peace was used sparingly by head coach Mike Woodson.
And now it’s all coming to an end.
Metta sent out a tweet this morning that claimed he was to be waived by the Knicks. This wasn’t just one of World Peace’s jokes, either, as multiple reporters confirmed that a buyout was just around the corner for the one-time NBA champion.
My agent just informed me this release could happen any hr now.

I just want to say …

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Knicks near buyouts of Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih

The two join a growing list of bought-out players.

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