New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace is confident his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, will be making a trip to the NBA Finals this season.
“I think the Lakers are going to go to the NBA Finals,” World Peace said at a promotional event for his children’s book in New York, via ESPNNewYork.com.
“I think Kobe [Bryant’s] gonna be healthy, they’re gonna get Pau [Gasol]. The Lakers are gonna make a big trade like they always do. They’re gonna get another good player, boom, boom, and they’re gonna go to the Finals. I believe it. Kobe’s gonna come back, he’s gonna play team ball, and Pau’s gonna play well.”
World Peace was let go this offseason by the Lakers via the amnesty clause and signed with his hometown team the Knicks.
World Peace told ESPN that he would be fine with coming off the bench in New York if that’s what head coach Mike Woodson thinks is best for the team.
“I mean, I came off the bench when I was in Houston, they tried it. I had to start later because I had to get us out of the first round. And then I came off the bench when I was in L.A. and they tried it and then I had to start,” he said. “So I don’t have an issue with coming off the bench. I’ve been starting for 15 years, so hey, it should be somebody else’s chance to start.
“I’ve been starting for 15 years. I could’ve went to any other team I wanted to and started. I got calls from Oklahoma (City) and the Clippers, all these teams, but I came here and it wasn’t to start, it was to win a ring.”
Maybe it will be the Knicks-Lakers in the Finals.
“I think the Knicks are gonna be great,” World Peace said. “Carmelo [Anthony]? What is he, the No. 1 scorer in the last two minutes last season? I’m excited. It’s exciting.”