The basketball player formally known as Ron Artest, Metta World Peace reached an agreement with the New York Knicks on a two-year deal and before the deal was even made official he was trolling Nets fans via Twitter. “Where Brooklyn at?” he Tweeted.
Where Brooklyn at?
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 15, 2013
The Tweet doesn’t seem like it was meant to be nasty. More likely it was his way of acknowledging that he’s a Knick and he realizes that with the Nets big offseason they are the team to beat in New York right now (even if he probably wouldn’t put it like that).
This is certainly going to take the rivalry up a notch. Last year, when the Knicks were the better team, the two teams split the season series 2-2. This year the Nets look to be the better team and even if they aren’t things are going to get interesting on the court with Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony out there together. Throw in the combination of World Peace and J.R. Smith and things have potential to get explosive on the court.
World Peace is, of course, originally from Queens and seems to be happy just being back in New York again. He said he was a Knicks fan growing up, but last year he Tweeted that he bought a Nets jacket because he couldn’t wear his Knicks, or Mets, Jets, and Rangers, gear to the club.
World Peace is clearly not as good as Artest once was, but he still makes the Knicks better and will be a strong defensive presence on the court. He was amnestied by the Lakers after he scored a career low 7.7 points per 36 minutes last season with 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting just 25 percent from the floor.