Prior to his debut in a Knicks uniform, Metta World Peace decided to touch base with his New York roots and ride the subway to Madison Square Garden.
Growing up in Queensbridge, where his brother still lives, Metta (or Ron Artest, as he was known then) took the F train frequently, and he had not taken it in a long time so he felt prior to his first Knicks game would be a good chance.
Metta had 4 points and 4 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action as the Knicks held on for the win.
The always candid Metta World Peace has returned home to New York to play for the Knicks this season, and talking about a myriad of MWP topics, he had a Q&A with the New York Post. In it he talks about the time he broke Michael Jordan's ribs during a pickup game. It wasn't malicious, as he was just trying to get the ball.
Luckily for Metta, Jordan was forgiving, and he of all people, understood the competitive nature.
A couple weeks ago, Derrick Rose made headlines with a proclamation that he - in his own eyes - was still the NBA's best player. The statement seemed deluded at the time, what with Kevin Durant scoring at an All-Time rate, that LeBron guy doing basically everything at an All-Time rate, and Rose having not played in over a year.
Ron Artest was involved in the most nefarious brawl in league history at the Malice At The Palace, but it was after he was ejected from a game in a playoff series in 2011 that he wanted to start anew, and changed his name legally to Metta World Peace.
Recently, Metta was amnestied by the Lakers and then picked up by his hometown New York Knicks. Wanting to have yet another fresh start, World Peace says he is changing his name this year, but it will not be legally (“too much work”), and will not announce the new name just yet.
There have always been those certain players who are not to be messed with, on or off the hardwood. Whether it's because of a personal track record, physical stature, on-court aggression or a combination of everything, we'd put our money on these guys if the stuff hit the fan. Let's take a look at the players who are keeping the essence of the tough "old school" NBA alive and count down 10 NBA Players You Don't Want To Fight.