UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:20 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal
I give up.
actually , i am firing my agents @djd and Marc. I think i am going to start a sewing company. Im gonna call it , Lilo and Stitch lol— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) February 22, 2014
Is he joking? Is he being serious?
I'd strongly lean toward the former explanation, but again, you never know with Metta World Peace. Only he can tweet about starting a sewing company just hours after a double-overtime loss that sparked the original discourse.
--End of update--
Never change, Metta World Peace. Never change.
The New York Knicks forward wasn't able to make much of an impact during a double-overtime loss to the Orlando Magic, playing seven minutes and recording zero points, one rebound and one block on 0-of-2 shooting from the field. So, needing to make some noise, he turned to Twitter instead:
I might Fire my agent and sign with CAA sports agency. The coaching staff , front office n some of the players are signed with CAA. joke:)— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) February 22, 2014
Yes, that's right. MWP decided to spice up Friday night by joking to the world about firing his agent. Because...why not?
He is right about the CAA (Creative Artists Agency) connections, though.
Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Mike Woodson, Mark Warkentien (director of player personnel) and Allan Houston (front office member who might be in line for a job as general manager) are all signed with CAA. Chris Smith, the NBA player who didn't deserve to be in the NBA, was represented by the organization as well.
On top of that, William Wesley, commonly referred to as "Worldwide Wes," is a CAA consultant and a close advisor of James Dolan.
"In recent years, Wesley has replaced Thomas as Dolan’s most trusted basketball advisor, according to numerous sources both inside and outside the Garden," writes B/R's Howard Beck.
D.J. Foster expands on the situation for Bleacher Report, and it's not a pretty picture:
It's far from an ideal situation. CAA's influence spreads throughout the Knicks' organization every year. Their top priorities will always be making money and taking care of their own clients. Then it spreads to taking care of their clients' people, like their little brothers. Eventually, jobs won't be won or held based on merit anymore. When that happens to this extent, winning can't possibly be the top priority anymore.
Perhaps World Peace is right.
Maybe he will actually have to get on board the CAA train if he hopes to stick around in Madison Square Garden, especially because he's been so ineffective this season.
Not sure Knicks management will find that last RT by Metta World peace all that funny...— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 22, 2014
Now to his credit, MWP did reveal that he was just joking, in case the last line of his first tweet didn't make that clear enough:
lol . @dougdavis I was holding u down super agent;) my teammates was saying they had the best agent. lol i was holding u down;))— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) February 22, 2014
Doug Davis should hope that it's just a joke. According to HoopsHype.com's agent databases, Davis only has one client, and that would be the New York forward in question.
Now one question remains.
Why were the Knicks talking about agents after a loss to the lowly Orlando Magic?
How much do you read into MWP's tweets?
That's not exactly a positive sign during a season that continues to get worse and worse. Perhaps they're all starting to think about new options since the team has plummeted to 21-34 and sits a handful of spots outside the playoff picture in the weak Eastern Conference.
Maybe it's a hint about the future. Maybe it's a group of players just goofing around in a way only professional athletes can.
With World Peace, you just never know.