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Quote of the day: Metta World Peace didn’t know if Aunt Jemima coached the Knicks

Nov 29, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

Metta World Peace, Mike Woodson Getty Images

“I honestly didn’t even know who the coach was when I was coming to New York. I just wanted to win a championship; I didn’t even know who was coaching. I didn’t care. It could have been Aunt Jemima. They could have had the syrup coaching. I was coming here regardless. I just wanted to win a championship here.”

 —Metta World Peace talking about coming to the Knicks, via ESPNNewYork.com. (The same story where the players talk about their team meeting after the last loss.)

You have to love MWP. He can be a reporter’s dream quote at any given moment.

I’ll add this: There are a number of players who are not really aware of what is going on around the rest of the league. They worry about what is right in front of them — their coach, their minutes, their team — and don’t study up on what other teams are doing (at least until they get a scouting report on said team). They don’t know who is coaching a team or what style they are playing or any of the rest of it. This group has more players in it than you would think.

  1. metrocritical - Nov 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Can this be true? Are there really that many of absolute imbeciles in the league? Please advise as to whether or not the sarcasm emoticon was unintentionally omitted.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Fans expect players to be fans just like themselves. You have to remember this is these guys’ jobs. They’re more focused on their own company. Do you know the managers and officers at your competitor?

      • fanofevilempire - Nov 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        if metrosexual doesn’t know the managers and officers he has to be a absolute imbecile, right?

      • Anoesis - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        In highly-competitive businesses, like mine, you know all your counterparts very well. Troops in the trenches? Maybe not so much except for poaching the good ones, but the principal players? Oh, yeah.

      • mytthor - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Exactly. So they know the other players; the coaches, not so much.

    • JHathwell - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      It’s Ron Artest.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        *Metta World Peace

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        I knew you were narrow minded.

      • florida727 - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        This clown has redefined stupidity.

  2. cantonbound13 - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Aunt Jemima would be an upgrade from Woodson.

  3. Anoesis - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Good one, MWP. If you didn’t know who the coach was before you signed then likely you didn’t realize there were two chances the Knicks were going to win a title any time soon: Slim and none (thanks, Chick Hearn).

    In reality MWP is getting millions of dollars to party in New York. That’s it, that’s the extent of his concern about the situation. Also, I don’t buy the statement that few players know much of anything outside their own little circle. At least not the ones on winning teams. They all play against each other many times during a season.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Difficult to believe…

      After playing in the league as long as he has as well as being on different teams I find it hard to believe that he didn’t talk to other players ahead of time about things including what the coach was like.

      He knew he wasn’t going back to the Lakers and he even said he loves NYC and the Knicks so I’m sure he had to know a bit about the Knicks as it’s only natural to look up things about a new company you’re going to, a vacation spot you’re about to go see etc…

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Thumbs up on the strength of the Chick Hearn quote alone. BTW, it was Chick’s birthday just a couple days ago. RIP Chicky Baby

  4. elcapitanfiscal - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I hope this isn’t true…its like when mcnabb didnt know an NFL game could end in a tie..

    i would assume a coach would be pissed that his player didnt know basic information the sport..

  5. teambringitstrong - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    If any of you have met MWP in person, then you know he’s f’n with you. So, get off your high horses and realize and accept that you were duped and are NOT the smartest homo sapiens on the planet.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Rule #1 of the internet: every commenter is the smartest human being alive, ever.

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        Thanks. I knew I liked you. Nobody ever referred to me as the smartest person, ever!

      • spthegr8 - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        @Liljimmie
        Their’s a reason for that!!!

    • JHathwell - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      He is as fun and engaging as any player in the league. Over the years he has morphed from legitimate psychopath into your wacky old Uncle.

      Love Ron Ron.

      • mydoghasfleez - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:56 AM

        James Harden thinks he’s morphed from a psycho to an ahole psycho.

        Wacky jerk is all Artest ever was and ever will be.

  6. jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    I like Metta World Peace more and more. He’s so damn honest and forthright, unlike so many of us. His autobiography could be titled “Give me the Damn Ball”. Isn’t that original? Whadya mean, “no”?

  7. wfon1 - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    He wants to win a championship with the Knicks no matter who the head coach is. Whats the big deal?! Non story here.

  8. logicalcomment - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Only because this is MWP people are wondering if this is true, anyone else would look up the coach before going to a new team, but with him, it just might be true !

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