Lakers: NY Native Reveals Why He Wants to Coach Knicks

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The New York Knicks made headlines earlier today when the organization announced that it parted ways with second-year coach David Fizdale. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news. They also dismissed assistant Keith Smart and named assistant Mike Miller as their interim coach.

Former Knicks Forward is Interested in the Coaching Vacancy

Metta World Peace took to Twitter to throw his name in the fold as a possible coaching candidate for the vacancy.

“If the [New York Knicks are available], I definitely want to head coach there. I will absolutely bring that street mentality to the garden. Redbrick, hard nose, let’s get it popping. QB. This would be epic for all people like me. Straight from the jungles to win a title in NYC. Blaat,” said World Peace.

During the 2013-14 season, World Peace played 29 games for the Knicks and averaged 4.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 0.6 assists. He was a fan favorite when he was a member of the Knicks. The New York native was raised in the Queensbridge projects in Long Island City, Queens, New York. In high school, he attended La Salle Academy, which is located in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. He would go on to win a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010.

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World Peace Has a Message for the Naysayers as Well

Metta World Peace also tweeted out people can say he is not ready for the coaching job, but they can eat rocks.

“People can say I’m not ready. I tell them to eat 50 rocks without water. I’m 40 years old. Caught into triangle in my first year as a Laker. Adjusted from averaging 22 points in playoffs with the Houston Rockets to 8points as a role player with the Lakers. This ball stuff is fun. Easy,” Peace tweeted.

During his 17-year career in the NBA, World Peace averaged 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 991 games played.

Could Mark Jackson be the Next Knicks Coach?

Former Golden State Warriors’ coach and current ESPN NBA analyst Mark Jackson’s name has been mentioned as a possible hire since the dismal of David Fizdale. Like World Peace, is a New York native Jackson also attended the St. John’s and also played for the Knicks on two separate occasions.
During three years at the helm of the Golden State Warriors, Jackson accumulated a 121-109 record and developed All-Stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Jackson would be fired in 2014,  despite leading the Warriors to back to back playoff appearances for the first time in 20 years. After the Dismal of Jackson, the Warriors hired five-time NBA champion Steve Kerr, who help guide the Warriors to their first championship in 40 years.
So, why hasn’t Jackson had another opportunity?
Heavy’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson reported earlier this year, why Jackson hasn’t been interviewed for any other possibilities.
Robinson spoke with former Warriors assistant coach Otis Hughley, and he revealed, “I think a small circle of ownership and [Joe]Lacob [Warriors owner] made up his mind that Mark was a certain way and it formed a narrative of how the other owners would feel about him.”
Hughley has also helped develop All-Star big men such as Brook Lopez, Zach Randolph, Al Jefferson, and DeMarcus Cousins state Jackson knows how to establish a winning atmosphere.

“What you get now and what you see now is what they bring out to the table when your meal is finished,” said Hughley.

“Mark was in the kitchen getting those ingredients together, making the orders, finding the places that had the right ingredients. He got them in there when they drafted Klay, Draymond, when they traded for Iguodala, he got got Bogut. He put all that together. He got all the necessary ingredients together to make a great meal and it started to germinate and grow. And now, the results of what he did and the foundation that he laid, look what’s happening, it’s unbelievable.

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