Metta World Peace Says He Doesn't Want to Play in NBA Next Season, Eyeing China

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 12, 2013

April 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) controls the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half in game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone thought Metta World Peace was joking when he tweeted about playing hockey after the Los Angeles Lakers amnestied him on July 11, but it sounds like he's at least sticking to his story about leaving the NBA behind.

According to NBC Los Angeles' Shahan Ahmed, World Peace isn't interested in bringing his special brand of elbow-centric ball to another NBA squad next year:

Considering MWP's completely unpredictable and often tongue-in-cheek dealings with the media, it's fair to take this latest tidbit with a boulder of salt. There's no telling how quickly World Peace's stance could change, and the possibility remains that he's not being serious in the first place.

After all, he's done his best to inform his Twitter followers that he shouldn't always be taken at his word.

MWP didn't stop at saying there, though, he also included a couple of possible options he'd like to pursue, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Playing in China is a very plausible scenario. Plenty of NBA stars in various stages of decline play out their final few years overseas. The competition is weak and the paychecks aren't bad. Plus, based on MWP's most recent season with the Lakers, he's got plenty left in the tank.

Stephon Marbury did it, Tracy McGrady most recently also went that route and retired All-Stars like Scottie Pippen even suit up once in a while for a quick buck overseas.

The other options World Peace mentioned don't seem very likely to happen.

Basically, when MWP says he'd like to coach or play arena football, it amounts to your kid answering the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with: "An astronaut. And if not that, Spiderman."

One is a little bit unrealistic, while the other is completely ridiculous.

Unless a team is in the market for a coach who specializes in body checks and crazy, ill-advised three-point attempts, it's hard to see MWP in a suit on the sidelines. As for the whole arena football thing, well, let's just say that he's got the right attitude, but none of the required speed or skill.

World Peace has options, and it sounds like he's keeping an open mind. There's still going to be a market for his services in the NBA, though, and because we've simply heard enough out of him in the past to know that he changes his mind faster than he can type out a tweet, don't be surprised if he's signing a contract with the New York Knicks or another NBA franchise in a week or two.