Prior to the New York Knicks' Friday night game against the Toronto Raptors, the New York media was focused on injuries and ownership. On the injury front, the Knicks ruled Carmelo Anthony out for the game, and Iman Shumpert and Metta World Peace were questionable. On the ownership front, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that James Dolan met with the team on Thursday to reassure them that no changes were impending.
There was clearly a lot going on in the Knicks' locker room. And what better way to gauge the mood of the players than by asking Metta World Peace?
Per ESPN New York's Ian Begley:
Asked about James Dolan's message to players during his meeting with the #Knicks, Metta World Peace said, "I'm not a player, I'm an alien."— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 28, 2013
Whoa, that last sentence needs to be discussed in a larger context. Can we get the whole quote?
I don’t focus on anything else. Aliens only want to win championships. That’s it. Injuries is not a focus. Trade talk is not a focus. Nothing is a focus. Gluten-free pasta is not a focus, which I would rather have gluten-free pasta. Hey, if I have to have regular pasta. It is what it is. I’m still going to try to win a championship. Nothing will distract me from my focus, my galactic mind.
Ah, yes, that clears things up.
This might be the most Metta World Peace quote in the history of Metta World Peace. A few thoughts:
- He just might be telling the truth here.
- This is not the first pasta-related incident involving Metta in December. He also used pasta as an excuse for a practice tussle with teammate Kenyon Martin, as reported by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. If you want to understand Metta, you must first understand pasta.
- Do all aliens wear Cookie Monster pajamas?
Metta took the court for the Knicks on Friday, despite missing the past three games with a fluid buildup in his knee. His knee has been drained several times this season.
What kind of fluid was drained? Was the fluid of this Earth? The world may never know.