Yesterday, Metta World Peace announced on Twitter that he would join the coaching staff at Palisades High School in California as an assistant coach of the women’s basketball team. Not the most common job an NBA player takes on, but certainly an interesting one. Of course with this new coaching gig, many fans assumed this was World Peace’s way of announcing his retirement from the league after 15 long years. However, that is not the case as World Peace cleared up any retirement rumors via both his twitter page, as well as his very own page here on RantSports.com.
— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) June 13, 2014
Now that we know for sure he is not calling it quits just yet, we must ask ourselves where will World Peace land next? Well, World Peace has spent his career playing for six different teams, most notably the Los Angeles Lakers. He played a key role in the team winning their second consecutive championship in 2010, coming up huge in Game 7 when former teammate Kobe Bryant was struggling immensely. Unfortunately, World Peace’s career as a Laker ended prematurely when the team decided to use their amnesty clause on him to cut down on the luxury tax bill.
Once he cleared waivers, World Peace was rumored to have interest in playing for the Los Angeles Clippers or New York Knicks and even professional hockey at one point. Ultimately, he landed in his hometown of New York City where injuries buried him in the lineup, resulting in the buying out of his contract.
World Peace remained a free agent for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, leading to a part-time media career as a radio host and writer. As free agency is rapidly approaching again though, World Peace is certain to draw interest from multiple teams around the league including Los Angeles.
The decision to waive World Peace in the first place was highly questionable. He was a fan favorite, one of Bryant’s personal favorite teammates and he was also extremely popular with the front office staff. Therefore, I would be shocked if the two sides do not engage in some sort of talks about a possible reunion.
Despite being near the end of his illustrious career, World Peace still offers strong team defense in addition to his steady offensive contributions. He may not have the ability to average 20 points per game like he did with the Sacramento Kings, but any points are an added bonus.
Additionally, World Peace offers championship experience to what will likely be a very young, inexperienced Lakers team next season. These youngsters can really learn some valuable lessons from World Peace’s tough, gritty style of play.
Signing World Peace would be a home run for the Lakers this offseason.