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Report: Metta World Peace nearing deal to play in China next season

Jul 30, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

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Metta World Peace played for the Knicks last season, or at least for a portion of it.

New York waived him in February, and while there were reports that the team may give him an invite to training camp given his ties to Phil Jackson, there apparently isn’t enough legitimate interest from teams to guarantee him a spot on an NBA roster next season.

World Peace has made it clear that he isn’t retiring, however, and playing overseas has emerged as a very real option.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Hearing: ex-Knick Metta World Peace is close to agreeing to terms with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.

World Peace still has the passion to play, as evidenced by his recent physical confrontation at a recreational league game in Venice. But if he can’t convince NBA teams that he still has something left, there’s money to be made elsewhere.

Another former Knicks player, Stephon Marbury, has had great success playing in in China since 2010, to the point where his team erected a statue of him in front of the arena.

It’s a long shot that World Peace could similarly impact his Chinese team’s fortunes, but it appears as though he’s at least considering the possibility of giving it a shot.

  1. duhwighthoward - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I like when he elbowed James Harden in the head.

    • hannsta - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      At the time I was kinda like ‘wtf Artest’ but after watching years of hardens flopping and complaining, that video makes me smile.

  2. m4a188 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Too bad I was hoping he’d would go to NY and win a title with Phil and Carmelo. ahahhah

  3. themars211 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Move over Renaldo Balkman….this might be good. 1st Dennis Rodman in North Korea and now Ron Ron in China? Are we trying to spark an international incident…..LMAO

  4. mackcarrington - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    If he were really serious about being “World Peace” he would go play for the Israeli National team.

  5. imakcds - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Ok, le’s begin with
    i am Chinese, American born.
    I can’t see NO chinaman standing his ground against MWP.
    Unless the Experimental Factory that produced Yao released more creations.

  6. campcouch - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    This might be good for Metta. Like the blog says, Marbury not only enjoys playing but he’s found a new outlook on life there. We may never hear from Metta again just like Starbury…but I’d take that 3 hour flight to see a statue of MWP hahaha.

  7. zxlaa - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Stupid name…..

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