Metta World Peace Not The Person To Trash Talk Brooklyn Nets

By Mike B. Ruiz
Gary A. Vasquez-USA Today Sports

Why is Metta World Peace trash talking the Brooklyn Nets‘ roster the way a key starter would when he’s more than likely bound to be reduced to a minor reserve role with the New York Knicks this upcoming season?

World Peace said in a recent interview to reporters, “Honestly, I don’t even know who’s on their team. I’m not going to lie. I’m just happy to be a Knick.”

If World Peace really doesn’t know who the Nets roster is mainly comprised of, he must also have a hard time remembering what his birth name was, which doesn’t seem like a possibility at all — even for someone as infamously confusing as he’s proven to be from time to time.

He knows exactly about the mega-trade the Nets made with the Boston Celtics that allowed them to acquire Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, how they hired former great Jason Kidd to be their new head coach and that the signing of Andrei Kirilenko to come off the bench displays Brooklyn’s frightening overall depth.

His recent statements are obviously just a way for him to jump into the Knicks-Nets trash-talking ring that Pierce created a few months back with some comments of his own. The problem is, World Peace isn’t likely to make enough of an impact to the Knicks’ cause for him to chirp so disrespectfully about the Nets.

World Peace has shown that he’s diminishing into a streaky player whose soon-to-be 34-year-old legs don’t allow him to be the elite lockdown defender that he was for so many years. He proved with the Los Angeles Lakers last year that at this point in his career, he’s essentially faded into not much more than a knockdown shooter.

He was still good for 12.4 points and exactly five rebounds per game last season, which are certainly more than respectable, but his overall ability does appear to be on the decline nonetheless, as he only shot 40.3 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from 3-point range.

And unless the Knicks suffer the type of injury-plagued season the Lakers did last year, it isn’t probable that World Peace will receive as much playing time and shot attempts as he did in 2012-2013.

At the end of the day, don’t expect World Peace to be as significant to the Knicks’ success as his talk about the Nets suggests he believes he’ll be.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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