Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 11:10 am  |  7 responses

Metta World Peace Takes the Subway to First Knicks Game (VIDEO)

Like most New Yorkers, Metta World Peace rides the subway to work. MWP used public transportation to arrive for his New York Knicks debut. Per Newsday: “The vibrations of the arriving F train getting louder by the second, the man formerly known as Ron Artest stood up from the bench where he had been sitting (next to a surprised fan, of course) and laughed as he watched the train come to stop. ‘This,’ he said, ‘is something I’ve always wanted to do.’ Then he boarded the subway car, bound for the Garden. His dream of becoming a Knick finally a reality in his 15th year in the NBA, World Peace thought it would only be appropriate to return home to Queensbridge and take the subway to his first regular-season game at the Garden, like he had done so many times as a youngster. So a little past 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, World Peace arrived with a few friends on 21st Street and 41st Avenue, an intersection that borders the Queensbridge housing projects where he grew up. Instantly people who had been milling around the subway steps recognized him. People called out, ‘Hey, Ron!’ — no one calls him Metta around here — and World Peace stopped to shake hands and hug about a dozen people. Someone handed him a phone to talk into. Through the turnstile, World Peace noticed a crowd was following him, and the platform quickly started to fill. ‘I’ve got to get a seat,’ he said, laughing. ‘I can’t be standing.’ He did have a basketball game to play in a few hours, after all. Once on the train, the first thing he wanted to do was guess how many stops until 34th Street, to show he hasn’t forgotten his roots. But as the 15-minute ride continued, he grew somewhat wistful, recalling memories of growing up Artest. Of course he was disappointed that the Knicks passed on him in 1999 to take Frederic Weis, who never played a game for them. But the St. John’s product has come to believe that he was too immature then to handle what comes with playing at home. ‘I was 19 years old, making a ton of money and I didn’t know what to do with it,’ he said while riding the train, occasionally glancing out the window behind him for signs of where he was.”

(H/T: PBT)

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  • Dfrance

    The Knicks passing up on Ron Artest has to be one of the biggest draft blunders ever. How to you pass up on a hometown product that can actually play, for an unproven overseas cat that may or may not join your team? It would have meant so much to the city at that time.

  • Ray

    Knowing what Ron became, and the rough ride he had getting there, it’s a blessing in disguise he didn’t. Can you imagine him 19 years old, a million dollars in each pocket, ten minutes away from Queensbridge Houses? Imagine the malice at the palace with a thousand queensbridge heads waiting outside., Still, its great to see his dream come true and him having the opportunity to symbolically retrace his steps.

  • Vince Gully

    Oh my god, can you imagine what a pairing of Ron Artest and Sprewell would have been like? They would have waged war against the rest of the NBA! They would have sent David Stern to an early retirement!

  • Dfrance

    It goes both ways tho. Maybe being closer to home and constantly around family, he would have been able to manage his mental issues better. You just never know. But I agree, its nice to see him get to realize that dream before he hangs them up.

  • Guest

    Give Stern an early retirement?

    If we could only go back in time…

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is so lazy. lebron does a triathlon on the way to his home games

  • Will Lee

    thats my nigga ron ron keeping it real