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Metta World Peace to be assistant coach on girls high school team next season

Jun 12, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

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Metta World Peace is an unrestricted free agent — nobody knows where he is going to end up next season.

Well, except that he is going to end up in the ritzy Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.

World Peace is going to be an assistant coach for a girls high school basketball team in what the locals call Pali, reports the Palisades Post (via The Big Lead).

As confirmation, here is the tweet of the coach.

While your first reaction to World Peace hanging out with high school girls may be to snicker, he’s actually got the right mentality and knowledge to help them. Those girls are going to listen to him when he talks box out technique or how to close out on a three point shooter. I don’t want MWP coaching an NBA team, but this is a good fit.

The question is how much time will he have? Where will he be playing?

World Peace struggled to fit in on a poor Knicks team last season, in part because he doesn’t bring near what he used to on the court. He played in just 29 games in New York, having fallen out of the rotation (then suffering injuries) and he averaged just 4.8 points a game on 39.7 percent shooting overall and 31.5 percent from three (where he took a lot of shots). He is not the fearsome man defender he once was.

When he was waived by the Knicks there was reported interest from other teams but nobody stepped up with a contract. He can be a distraction off the court and if he’s not helping you out on it what’s the point?

Some team will take a chance on him for the upcoming season, but at a league minimum salary (he made $1.2 million last season and was bought out of the end of that deal).

If nothing else, now World Peace has coaching to fall back on… girls high school coaching, but that’s still coaching and a good place to start.

  1. sumkat - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Exactly the guy I would want influencing my teenage daughter

    • bucrightoff - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Better than Dwight Howard I guess

      • norcalkingsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM


        Dwight Howard, though he has flaws, is not a sociopath like Ronny.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        You have heard of Dwight’s affinity for 16 year old girls right?

      • daddyghi - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        hmmm Dwight’s not a bad idea… He’s one of the greatest divas out there

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        @bucrightoff LOL

        best comment of the day!

  2. loubearkane - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    This can’t be good news for anybody

  3. Nadeem - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Good God. We knew our educational system was not in the best of shapes. This is Exhibit A

  4. phillyguyindc - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    This has disaster written all over it. I’m not sure how you are saying this a good thing with a straight face.

    • daddyghi - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      he’ll teach kids how to be “Mentally” tough?

  5. norcalkingsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I wouldn’t want Ron Artest anywhere near my kids.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Some school official heard “NBA player” and didn’t research which one it was.

  7. sportsfan18 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:16 PM


    he should no longer be playing…

    had a good career overall and some good seasons…

    now? Father Time caught him and ate him up…

    his days as an NBA should be over…

    we’ll see if they are…

    good luck coach…

    glad to hear he’s going to work with kids… our kids in this country need MORE folks to volunteer and do things to help out with kids teams and activities.

    A tip of the cap to you for working with kids Ron/Metta

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Udonis Haslem is still playing…
      … so is Greg Oden

      and Steve Nash!

  8. mackcarrington - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I don’t recall Artest having any issues or problems with young children. He’s been on the radio in L.A. for the past month. He’s not as unbalanced as most of you might think. He likes to clown and act silly, but he sounds like his head is on straight.

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