Unlike so many recent college graduates with degrees in political science, Metta World Peace will actually be qualified to do something when he joins the real world. And that's because he's already testing the waters of a post-NBA television career.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, World Peace's recent barrage of tube time is a calculated decision:
I’m just giving people a taste because I don’t know what organizations are thinking, so I’m like, ‘You know what? I got to start giving people a taste of what I can do.' I want to do 20 years in the NBA and I’m going to stay in shape so I can reach 20 years, or maybe even 21, who knows? But I’m going to give people a taste of what I can do when I’m behind the TV screen officially. That’s what I’m doing now.
MWP has logged a ton of reps in front of the camera lately, doing everything from appearing on ESPN's "SportsNation" to reading mean tweets on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."
Hey, he has even worked with one of the biggest movie stars on the planet.
Even if his acting chops aren't the greatest, we know for sure that he can take (and dish out) a blow to the head. Maybe he's got a future as a stunt man, too.
World Peace's TV dabbling isn't a bad idea at all, as guys like Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal have proved that the public is a lot hungrier for quips and sound bites than it is for serious analysis. NBA studio shows are much more about entertainment than information, and MWP is certainly long enough on the former to make up for a potential deficiency in the latter.
Whether he's eating cupcakes at a news desk or tweeting some of the oddest 140-character messages you'll ever come across, his unpredictability and off-kilter demeanor make him eminently watchable.
As a fun exercise to prove MWP's value as an entertaining commodity, let's enjoy a recent three-tweet sequence.
Thanks for the toots. I have more confidence now.. Yal made me feel free to walk the streets in my boxers— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 12, 2013
All right, so World Peace has been emboldened by some "toots" and now has the confidence to strip down and strut. Terrific.
I won't pretend to understand this one. Keep in mind, World Peace tweeted this immediately after the one about walking around in his undershorts.
Sorry guys!!! Ron Artest took over twitter. I just took it back. You people have a great night. Don't drink and drive.— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 12, 2013
And finally, evidence of MWP's multiple personalities, complete with a public service announcement. Those three tweets came, uninterrupted, within eight minutes of one another on June 11. With that kind of range and goofiness, it's easy to see how he could work as a TV personality.
There's not a whole lot of sense in what he's saying, of course, but aren't you curious to see what he'll say next? Me, too.
A TV career is a natural step for many retired NBA players. So World Peace would hardly be out of place as a television fixture. Although, feeling out of place is probably something MWP isn't too concerned about, considering he's already entered the children's book market.
It wasn't so long ago that World Peace was public enemy No. 1 in the NBA—an uncontrollable, violent menace whose considerable skills were overshadowed by his frightening reputation. Now, thanks to maturity and a real focus on his own mental health, nobody can get enough of him.
A redemption story with a likable lead who still has just enough edge to stay interesting? I'd say that sounds like something people would watch—with a seven-second delay, of course.