What to Expect from Next Chapter of Metta World Peace on the Floor and off

Jesse DorseyCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 21:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 21, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Metta World Peace agreed in principle to a two-year deal with the New York Knicks, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. He'll bring his unique basketball talents, along with his sometimes controversial antics, to a team that desperately needs productive bench players.

For the Knicks, it's a win-win situation. World Peace gives them a wing defender at the cheap price of a veteran's minimum contract. If something goes wrong or he ends up rapidly declining, cutting him doesn't hurt them much now that they're well over the luxury tax line.

In essence, they were able to nab World Peace at the same price that they could have picked up Mickael Pietrus or Josh Howard.

They now have somebody capable of guarding most wing players in the league, while periodically contributing on the offensive end.

Offensively, he's going to continue to be an inefficient nuisance like he has been over the course of the past decade, save a season or two.

For whatever reason, World Peace continues to remain confident in his abilities, despite years of evidence to the contrary.

He won't take away many possessions, as he rarely shot when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were the main options on the Los Angeles Lakers. But he did bump his output up to 11 attempts per game in 2013.

Of course, a lot of that is due to Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense, and the fact that he was one of the healthiest players on an injury-riddled team.

When he does shoot, he's going to miss far more shots than he'll make, but it's that one big three-pointer falling that convinces him to shoot another.

The one thing we should all be prepared for is that single huge, potentially season-saving shot that he's bound to end up making, just to confuse everyone watching. Whether it be a rebound and a putback out of nowhere, or an ill-advised three-pointer that hits every bit of the rim before falling, brace yourself for Metta's defining moment with the Knicks.

You can't make many assumptions when it comes to World Peace on offense, except that it's going to be more bad than good, with plenty of crazy mixed in along the way.

With luck they'll get the World Peace who is a decent spot-up shooter, but after a three-point rate of 33 percent over the past two seasons, they might as well brace for the worst.

However, he'll stay on the floor because he is incredibly tenacious on defense, his rebounding is still a strength and he is an acceptable passer.

The energy and drive he brings to a team on defense can create a sense of unification between the guys on the floor. It's wise to stop short of calling him an energy player, because he does have qualities that help a team beyond just getting on the floor and running hard.

World Peace is still a guy who can guard the opponent's best defender. No longer will the Knicks have to rely so heavily on Iman Shumpert to take on the opposition's best wing defender for huge chunks of games.

Plus, they could legitimately have a real "defensive" lineup to put on the floor, with Pablo Prigioni, Shumpert, World Peace, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler locking things down.

He gives the Knicks a kind of flexibility and depth that they haven't seen since trading for Anthony, which is one of the biggest problems they faced last season.

What's going to be really interesting, however, is how he reacts to the new surroundings.

While in Los Angeles, World Peace turned into a caricature of his former self.

The bad was overzealous and at times ridiculous; from punching Brandon Knight in Detroit to elbowing James Harden in the neck.

Meanwhile, the good was understated, humble and even endearing; from doing the weather on a local news channel to serving salads at a favorite restaurant to say goodbye to his fans.

So what can New Yorkers expect of Metta on the streets of Manhattan? Honestly, there is absolutely no way to answer that question.

At the very least people should expect a much mellower Metta compared to his days before joining the Lakers. Most of the time his troubles came on the court, while he remained a fun figure on the streets of Los Angeles.

He spent his downtime playing sandball and dodgeball with his fans, taking in some local cuisine and generally being a good guy.

Perhaps he'll spend his off days playing chess in Washington Square Park, owning and operating a vegan pizza place, or just living across the hall from a comedian, barging in uninvited and swimming in the East River.

At least we'll get to see New York City through the eyes of World Peace, who remains a constantly tweeting wonder on a daily basis.

Plus, he seems ready to go all-in on a New York-Brooklyn feud.

No matter what he does on the court, there's going to be a story to come out about World Peace doing something so uniquely Metta that the people will love him regardless.

Between that, the limitless effort that he gives to playing basketball and an inevitable huge playoff three-pointer that comes out of nowhere, World Peace has landed in a spot that should be the next-best thing to staying with the Lakers.


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