The thought of former New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace on the sidelines coaching an NBA team in a big game is a scary thought, but it is apparently something that the former Ron Artest wants to pursue in the near future.
With MWP’s NBA career likely over, there have been rumors of him heading to China to finish his career. But whether he plays overseas or not this season, MWP wants to return to the NBA one day as a coach.
MWP: “I think I’m gonna be a NBA coach one day, hopefully if I apply for the job, owners can see past, Metta World Peace, the ghetto guy.”
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 30, 2014
The thought of Artest coaching may be frightening to some as his antics on the court throughout his career may not create many opportunities for him as a coach, but eventually he would get one. Rasheed Wallace, another player who had similar antics as MWP on the court, just completed his first season as an NBA assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons.
Similar to Wallace though, MWP is a very intelligent basketball player and has a ton of knowledge to offer young players, which are traits that could make him a very good NBA coach one day.
Those pregame and halftime speeches would sure be interesting though.
Coaching may have to wait though as MWP appears is off to China, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, who reported that the free agent forward is close to a deal with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Sichuan Blue Whales.
World Peace averaged career lows of 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds for the Knicks last year, playing in just 29 games and struggling with injuries.