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.
This not only changes the Kings dreams of making the playoffs in the West, it also alters the trade deadline and free agency.
Rudy Gay, the Kings wing and second-leading scorer, has been diagnosed with a torn left Achilles tendon, according to the team. During the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Pacers, Gay drove out of the right corner and, untouched, fell to the floor hard. He had to be helped off the court by teammates.
Team doctors made the initial torn Achilles diagnosis, which will need to be confirmed by an MRI scheduled for Thursday. He would be out not only for this season but likely the start of the next one as well.
Without Gay, a lot more will fall on Matt Barnes and, once he returns from his calf injury in a couple of weeks, Omri Casspi. Those two are a drop off from what Gay brought to the Kings, and with that team’s playoff chances have taken a hit (they are 1.5 games out of the eight seed after Wednesday’s loss to the Pacers). Don’t be surprised if the Kings look to add a scorer at the trade deadline.
Gay was not happy in Sacramento and said he planned to opt out of the $14.3 million final year of his contract to be a free agent next summer, which made him someone potentially traded before the deadline (although the Kings being in the playoff hunt impacted that). Gay averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds a game for the Kings, and while his game was a little old school — more isolation and midrange shots than teams prefer — he put up points. Enough that he was drawing trade interest heading toward the deadline from Oklahoma City and other squads.
That is all off the table now. At age 30, if Gay does still opt out of his contract for next season this will impact what he would make on the free market.
Kevin Durant playing the Thunder invites extra emotions.
Russell Westbrook felt them – in the form of a flagrant foul by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who stood over Westbrook for emphasis.
Pachulia is really embracing his role doing the dirty work for star-studded Golden State.
That rumor No. 1 pick Ben Simmons won’t play this season?
It just won’t die.
Even after Simmons tried to quash it, even after the 76ers’ CEO outright denied it, even after Simmons returned to practice, even in an otherwise optimistic report.
Chris Haynes of ESPN:
76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break, league sources told ESPN.
Barring a setback in his recovery, sources say the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft has a chance to take the hardwood near March. There still remains the possibility Simmons sits the entire season, sources said, but his situation will continue to be thoroughly evaluated throughout his comeback quest.
76ers coach Brett Brown said there’s “no chance” Simmons plays in Philadelphia’s nationally televised game against the Rockets next week. Other than that, there isn’t much clarity.
It mostly sounds as if Simmons is still too far from returning to say something definitive.
The Hornets did so much right in their 107-85 win over the Trail Blazers, even a bad pass went through the hoop.
Roy Hibbert reacted fantastically to blunder/basket (blasket?).