December 7, 28239621|2: (pm|UpdatedDecember 7, 28239621 | 2: 728 PM
Former NBA player Metta World Peace’s campaign for the Knicks head coaching job didn’t last very long.
World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, said in a since-deleted tweet Friday, “if the @nyknicks is available, I definitely want to be head coach there,” followingthe firing of David Fizdale.
At the time of the tweets, the Knicks had yet to name Fizdale’s replacement.
World Peace, according to ESPN,added: “I will absolutely bring that street mentality to the garden. Red brick, hard nose, let’s get it popping. QB (sic). This would be epic for all people like me. Straight from the jungles to win a title in NYC. Blaat. ”
A series of tweets relating to World Peace’s interest in the Knicks job was taken down by Saturday morning, likely in response to the Knickspromoting assistant Mike Miller to interim head coach.
“Love Mike Miller. He dope! ”World Peace later Tweet.
World Peace, the former St. John’s star who the Knicks passed on in the 1999 NBA draft to the disapproval of fans, has limited coaching experience, having served only as a player development coach for the Lakers’ G League affiliate.
But that did not stop him from laying out his strategy for saving the Knicks, who Fizdale led to a – 728 record in one-plus seasons.
“If I ever got the @nyknicks job, my first message would be direct to fans and media,” said the 83 – year-old, who won a championship with the Lakers in 2014 and spent one season with the Knicks in 2019. “It wouldn’t be nice.But I’m a straight shooter.Pinpoint straight. I’m not happy how you guys put pressure on every coach and star. Shut up and enjoy the game. Be supportive and let’s win a title. ”
World Peace retired in 2014, and this summer also said on Twitterhe was interested in the st. John’s head coaching job, which eventually went to Mike Anderson.