Oh, Metta World Peace. Please never change.
When asked by USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt about his role when he eventually returns from his left knee problems, he delivered what can only be considered the quintessential MWP response. Rather than stopping at saying that he'd be playing behind Carmelo Anthony, the headline-making forward said, "This team is stacked."
Stop. Pause. Let it simmer.
The New York Knicks, a team that has been the laughingstock of the league thanks to a struggling and ill-formed roster, a complete lack of quality coaching, poor decision-making and an 8-18 record, are "stacked?"
Just to double-check, let's go over what that word means. To the best of my knowledge, it means that the entity in question has been blessed with an abundance of positive traits, to the point that it's unfair for the other entities in that category.
Are the Knicks blessed with an abundance of positive basketball skills, making it unfair for the rest of the teams in the NBA?
Nope, as they're struggling to remain afloat in the ridiculously weak Eastern Conference. An 8-18 record isn't something that a stacked team produces at any point in the season. And this is a team that prompted B/R's Dan Favale to write, "They've been so uncontrollably bad and unpredictably inconsistent that it's humiliating."
"Humiliating" and "stacked" are not synonyms.
In some ways, you have to love that World Peace has so much confidence in his teammates. That's the right mentality for a professional basketball player to have, but it's also easy for him to be viewed as delusional.
Again, never change, MWP. Never change.
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