HoopsHype Metta World Peace rumors

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"I'm not retired — I'm just coaching," World Peace told King. "People think because I coach that I'm retired. I'm not retired. I'm just coaching." When King asked whether World Peace still wants to play, the 15-year veteran immediately replied, "Absolutely." "I think because of last year, people think I'm still hurt," said World Peace, who played only 388 minutes for New York due in part to struggles with a strained left knee — the same knee in which he suffered a tear to the lateral meniscus during his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers, only to return, somewhat shockingly, less than two weeks after undergoing surgery. I'm not hurt. I got hurt a year ago, a year and a half ago," he said. "Just like anybody else, if they got hurt a year and a half ago, they'd heal. Two years, I'm healthy." Yahoo! Sports

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The Knicks have discussed whether to extend a training-camp invitation to Metta World Peace on a mostly non-guaranteed deal. World Peace is eager to reunite with his former Lakers coach, Phil Jackson, and his former Los Angeles teammate, coach Derek Fisher, and erase the bitter memory of his original homecoming. “[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.’’ New York Post

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The Knicks have discussed whether to extend a training-camp invitation to Metta World Peace on a mostly non-guaranteed deal. World Peace is eager to reunite with his former Lakers coach, Phil Jackson, and his former Los Angeles teammate, coach Derek Fisher, and erase the bitter memory of his original homecoming. “[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.’’ New York Post

Sources told The Post World Peace never would have asked for his release if he had known Jackson was coming. If he doesn’t an invite to the Knicks’ training camp, he may become the assistant coach for the Palisades High girls basketball team in Los Angeles. When the Knicks played at Staples Center on March 25, World Peace visited Jackson in his luxury suite. A source close to World Peace told The Post in March he would be interested in a second stint. “Abso-f—–g-lutely,’’ the source said. New York Post

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Now you can call him Coach World Peace. The NBA free agent has agreed to be an assistant girls basketball coach for the Palisades (Calif.) High Dolphins. In his blog, he said becoming a coach was “an easy decision” and added: “Repeat before speaking: I am not retired. I am still so good. Wow, I’m good. I can still execute any offense a coach has at a high level. My team defense is still amazing, and my one-on-one defense is better at my worst than some at their best.” Deseret News

June 13, 2014 Updates

While former Lakers and Knicks forward Metta World Peace remains a free agent, he's signed on to work as a girl's high school hoops coach. Palisades Charter High School coach Torino Johnson tells the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1oYiqhv ) that World Peace will be an assistant coach at the Los Angeles school. Johnson says he first met World Peace while coaching his daughter, Sadie, when she played for the Palisades Dolphins. USA Today Sports

Metta World Peace is hoping his new gig as a high school women's basketball coach can help him achieve his ultimate goal ... coaching in the NBA ... TMZ Sports has learned. Peace recently accepted a job as an assistant coach at Palisades High School in Southern California -- and head coach Torino Johnson tells us Metta is dead serious about the job. TMZ.com

Metta World Peace is an NBA free agent, but he has found a home for next season: The Palisades High girls basketball team. The former Lakers forward will be an assistant coach for the Dolphins, Palisades coach Torino Johnson confirmed Thursday. Johnson has been friends with World Peace since coaching his daughter Sadie in the Palisades program four years ago. The two have joked in the past about World Peace joining the staff. Now, they’re making it happen. “He’ll be heavily involved in our program,” Johnson said. “We keep having, it’s an ongoing dialog, but it’s all positive. There’s no out. The only purpose for this is to be positive and to be impactful – and this is of his choosing.” Orange County Register

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