Now, let's be clear that most things that come from the mouth of recently amnestied Lakers forward Metta World Peace should probably be taken with a grain of salt. The man is infamous for being a bit of a loose cannon both on the court and with the press, a reputation he earned by doing and saying some decidedly peculiar things over the last 16 seasons.
So, yes: maybe we can't take Metta World Peace at his word when he told reporters Friday he has no intention of playing in the NBA next season. Instead, he wants to do some other new and exciting things:
"I don't really want to play for anybody," World Peace said Friday at the Lakers' practice facility. "I don't want to go anywhere. I want to go to China, or coach or play arena football."
"You don't live twice," World Peace said. "You're not 33 twice. You won't be able to play in China at a good level again. I wouldn't be able to play in China again averaging, maybe, 40 or more points. That would be fun."
World Peace's agent added that his client won't be happy if he's picked up by a small market team during the amnesty waiver period. If no team puts in a claim on World Peace, he will become a restricted free agent.
World Peace would seem to seem like a natural fit for the Knicks in his native New York on a minimum deal, but the forward said Friday he's not so sure if he wants to do that.
"I had a chance to play in New York [in the past]," World Peace said. "I wanted to play in New York when I was in my prime and I was young, fierce, lock-down [defender]. Madison Square Garden, that would have been sick. But right now, China is way more adventurous for me."
It's important to note that earlier this week World Peace said he was retiring to play hockey. As World Peace put it Thursday night:
Do yal believe everything I say?— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 12, 2013