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Did The Knicks Make A Mistake By Signing Metta World Peace?

Submitted by on July 16, 2013 – 2:37 pmOne Comment

Metta World Peace knows exactly how bad New York Knicks fans want to see their team win an NBA championship. He is, after all, a native New Yorker himself. So he understands the frustration that they feel when it comes to the title drought in New York City. And he wants to be a part of the solution. He just signed a two-year deal with the Knicks after getting waived by the Los Angeles Lakers last week, and he is ready to bring a title back to the Big Apple.

“I want to do things that’s hard,” he said yesterday. “Thats the challenge of being challenged. We all know [New York is] the hardest place to win. Since [1975], right? ’73. ’72-’73 [when the Knicks last won the title]. Why not take on something that’s hard?”

Winning a ‘chip with the Knicks will be hard. Next season, the Eastern Conference will be loaded with talent, as the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, and, of course, Miami Heat all have teams built to go to the 2014 NBA Finals. But do the Knicks have that kind of team, too? And did they help or hurt themselves by bringing a guy like World Peace on board?

From where we’re sitting, they did a little bit of both. On the one hand, World Peace—in spite of his name—offers up a toughness that the Knicks do not have on their roster right now. When the going gets tough, World Peace will be there to provide leadership for the team. He’s also a scorer who doesn’t need to get his hands on the ball on every possession, which is something that will help him complement Carmelo Anthony well. But on the other hand, World Peace isn’t really a run-and-gun, fast-paced offense kind of guy, which is what the Knicks are going to need him to be if they want to hang with the rest of the big boys in the East. World Peace also isn’t exactly a spring chicken these days. That means that they’re going to have to act quick and try and win a title, like, now if they want to make the most of having World Peace on the roster. And we’re not sure they’ve got all of the pieces in place to do that just yet.

It will definitely be interesting to see how World Peace does in New York City next season. We would be lying if we said we weren’t intrigued. But we also aren’t sure he’s the best fit for what the Knicks are trying to do now and in the future. And the Knicks could regret signing him if things don’t work out the way they’re hoping they will. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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