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

Jul 31, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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Does China really know what it’s getting here?

Former NBA All-Star and most recently Laker and Knicks player Metta World Peace has reached a deal to play in China next year, reports the official Chinese news site Sina, via the always on top of it Sportando.

The forward has reached an agreement in principle with Chinese team Sichuan Blue Whales. General Manager for Sichuan confirmed the agreement to Sports Sina. Metta World Peace will earn something close to $1.300.000.

World Peace basically confirmed that.

World Peace, 34, has seen his skill set decline, has some nagging injuries, and couldn’t really get on the floor for a pretty weak Knicks team last season. They agreed to waive him but no other team picked him up (the level of distraction was not worth the production on the court). He didn’t field any good offers this summer either.

In China he will still be a top flight player. On the court he should put up numbers and could get NBA teams to give him a second look (the Chinese season ends in February so he could sign for the rest of the NBA season).

Off the court… that is going to be interesting. Talk to players who go to China and they say the culture shock is the hardest part to deal with — the food is radically different, the entertainment is different, pretty much everything is different. World Peace is headed to the central heartland of the country, an agrarian area (although there are some very large cities as well). There is a high dropout rate of Western players who head to China, can’t deal and get out.

Some guys thrive, with Stephon Marbury being the poster child for that. He has a statue in Beijing now after leading the Ducks to a couple titles.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    MWP rocks! I hope he kills it in China.

  2. 4thquartermagic - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    First thing I am doing when I get to china will be visiting Pandas with my daughter @BabyGirl_Sade—

    Metta World Peace is a parent?!?!

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      *Resists the urge to say “Aren’t they all?”*

      • genericcommenter - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        “They” could apply to most 34 year-old adults, regardless of occupation or demographics.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I know I’m just being selfish when I say this but, NOOOOOOOO!!!
    Don’t leave us Ron!!

  4. chicitybulls - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    There’s World Peace in China….at least for a season.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Lakers should have picked him back up. We need D in the worst kind of way and SF is our weakest position. It couldn’t hurt.

    • mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Yes, it could. Paraphrasing the article, the distractions on and off the court aren’t worth the production on it. To put it another way, he’s too much of a pain in the a** for what little he can still do on the court.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Nah man. Nah. “MWP” was not a distraction in LA. Some people are just too focused on past transgressions. You guys need to let it go. And his D is still better then at least 65% of the players in the league. At LEAST.

      • therealhtj - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        His D was fading 2 years ago. Given age and injury, it’s pretty non-existent now. There’s a reason he’s going to China and it’s not because he’s still a viable NBA roster option.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        How has MWP been a distraction lately? This isn’t 2008.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:46 PM


        You’re trippin. He was with my Lakers 2 years ago and his D was great! A little bit slower but he still had the goods. Some people just get caught up with looking at the age number and stats and automatically assume the player is falling off a cliff. People just want it to be that way without actually watching the games, I guess.

      • Kurt Helin - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        His D was not great, it declined fast over his time in LA.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Never know when Metta’s going to lose his mind and do something crazy stupid. Other than that he was a solid player.

  6. mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    I predict that he’ll be back in the USA by Christmas–not necessarily playing, but out of China.

  7. seattlenative57 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Bon voyage, drama queen!

  8. 22yearsagotoday - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Lucky he changed his name or he could have started World War III.

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