Entering the team’s Black Friday showdown with the Denver Nuggets, the New York Knicks are 3-11, and in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Despite the team’s slow start, offseason acquisition Metta World Peace is all sunshine and rainbows.
Carmelo Anthony believes the team is in a dark place and has discussed a “trust factor.” Raymond Felton says the team’s slow start “hurts.” World Peace, on the other hand, takes a more pragmatic outlook on the season, “It’s part of life … We had a bad hair day, you know?”
It’s a very glass-half-full approach to the game by the big man. Perhaps, because he’s a New York native and already has a championship ring, Metta doesn’t feel the same pressures as the mercurial Anthony. Or, maybe Metta World Peace is delightfully ignorant of negativity because he’s so overjoyed to play in New York.
“I honestly didn’t even know who the coach was when I was coming to New York,” World Peace said. “I just wanted to win a championship; I didn’t even know who was coaching. I didn’t care. It could have been Aunt Jemima. They could have had the syrup coaching. I was coming here regardless. I just wanted to win a championship here.”
Mike Woodson has only three more wins on the season than Aunt Jemima, and the team needs to find a rhythm before it can talk playoffs, let alone championships. However, with all the doom and gloom that tends to come out of New York’s media, a player like World Peace, who can ignore the outside pressures, may prove to be a galvanizing force in the locker room.