Via Mike Mazzeo
Asked about the Nets and their additions of Kevin Garnett, Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko, World Peace responded, “Honestly, I don’t even know who’s on their team. I’m not going to lie. I’m just happy to be a Knick. That’s it.”
World Peace said he’s fine coming off the bench if that’s what Knicks coach Mike Woodson thinks is best for the team.
“I mean, I came off the bench when I was in Houston, they tried it. I had to start later because I had to get us out of the first round. And then I came off the bench when I was in L.A. and they tried it and then I had to start,” he said. “So I don’t have an issue with coming off the bench. I’ve been starting for 15 years, so hey, it should be somebody else’s chance to start.
“I’ve been starting for 15 years. I could’ve went to any other team I wanted to and started. I got calls from Oklahoma (City) and the Clippers, all these teams, but I came here and it wasn’t to start, it was to win a ring.”
Metta will be an important player on this team this year. Starting, or off the bench, Peace will be a big part of this rotation no mater where his placed. I prefer him to come off the bench, allowing Melo to go back to his natural SF position. This would give Bargnani the chance to start at PF, which in turn would spread the floor tremendously.
I also understand the notion of Peace at the SF and Melo at the PF, where the Knicks had their most success last year. This will be for Mike Woodson and his staff to determine in training camp. Stay tuned!