Making the transfer from Hollywood to Broadway, is a rather common occurrence for inhabitants of the “Big Apple,” however rarely do they take place with so much intrigue and excitement. Turns out that the NBA retirement of Metta World Peace is on hold as the “New York Post” reported Monday that the Free Agent veteran has agreed to a two-year pact with the New York Knicks. Peace will receive $1.65 million for the upcoming campaign, with a player option for the second season. The forward is a native of the city and played his college ball at St. John’s University.
The “Player Formerly Known As Ron Artest,” was hoping to be drafted by his home town team, however the Chicago Bulls selected him with their first round pick. Although he was upset then, he told media members he is now glad that things worked out the way they had. Peace said “They were 100 percent right. I’m glad I didn’t go there then because I couldn’t have finished my career in New York and now I’m bringing that championship experience to the Garden.”
The veteran waived by the Los Angeles Lakers last week, met with Knicks bench boss Mike Woodson, general manager Glen Grunwald and assistant general manager Allan Houston in Las Vegas on Monday, and came to terms on the deal. Although he had considered playing basketball in China next season, or exploring the Arena Football League, the forward said that the offer to play for his hometown team, was too good to pass up. He said “It’s all about the players. I’m excited to play for them, excited to hustle for (Ray) Felton, Iman (Shumpert), Melo (Carmelo Anthony), (Amar’e) Stoudemire. It’s not only about New York City.”
Peace is expected to be a starter for the Knicks in the upcoming season, sharing the front-court with Anthony and center Tyson Chandler.