HoopsHype Metta World Peace rumors


July 19, 2014 Updates

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

June 12, 2014 Updates

Metta World Peace will be an assistant coach on a girls high school basketball team next seasons. Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) is going to be a basketball coach, it seems. Nope, not in the NBA, or even college basketball, but in high school basketball. For a girls team. According to the Palisadian Post, a community newspaper in California, Artest will be a member of the Palisades High Dolphins coaching staff for the 2014-2015 season. The team’s coach, Torino Johnson, also tweeted the news last night. Metta World Peace turns 35 in November, and his NBA career might be over. The Knicks waived him in February, and nobody picked him up for the stretch run at the end of the season. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll have any bites in July, once free agency begins. The Big Lead

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Former Knick Ron Artest’s baby mama is calling foul, charging the baller with being a deadbeat dad. The NBA star, now named Metta World Peace, is refusing to pay his son’s Brooklyn private-school tuition, according to a new lawsuit by the boy’s mother. Jeron Artest, 13, won a coveted spot at the prestigious Poly Prep Country Day School for the 2014-15 school year but World Peace reneged on a promise to pay the $38,355 tuition, according to mom Jennifer Palma’s suit in Manhattan Family Court. New York Post

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Jackson has admitted to being on “a talent hunt’’ and could look at former players familiar with the triangle offense. Jackson met with Metta World Peace during halftime of the Knicks-Lakers game at Staples Center last week. The Post reported World Peace, who was released by the Knicks in February, has a lot of interest in a second stint in New York. Jackson was seated in his seat at midcourt in the 10th row during the Knicks’ 90-89 loss to the Wizards Friday night, but won’t travel with the Knicks to Miami for Sunday’s game. New York Post

April 2, 2014 Updates

In an interview shortly after he was released by the Knicks, World Peace told ESPN New York that his teammates talked often about how much the club misses Jason Kidd this season. "I spoke to a lot of people and a lot of people are saying Jason Kidd was the reason [for the Knicks' poor play this year]," World Peace said in late February. "... I spoke to Tyson about it and Tyson said Jason Kidd used to do a lot of adjustments on the court. So that was an issue that we had this year with Jason Kidd becoming a coach. A lot of times they kept saying, 'We miss that presence of Jason Kidd.'" ESPN.com

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Metta World Peace on Howard's limitations as an offensive player: "That’s where I had an issue with Dwight sometimes because he’s strong and he can rebound, he can block shots, he can dunk. But his moves are not polished yet. So to want the ball every time … we’re going to give it to you, because the franchise called for that, but he isn’t going to score." ESPN.com

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