This past Tuesday, the New York Knicks officially announced the signing of forward Metta World Peace. With Metta ready to return to his hometown, the Knicks are hoping he can play a key role for their team this season.
The defensive-minded Metta, should be a great addition to a Knicks team that can certainly use help on that end of the floor. Assuming that World Peace will start, a starting lineup that includes Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler and Metta, can cause serious problems for other teams offensively. The most important part of the World Peace signing is that it allows Carmelo Anthony to continue to play at the power forward position offensively, where he excelled last year. Now that Metta is there, ‘Melo can also get a break on the defensive end. With rival Eastern Conference teams having players such as LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Paul George, the signing of Metta means that Carmelo will not have to guard those players as much. This should give Anthony’s body a break and allow him to stay healthier throughout the entire season.
The Knicks signing World Peace reminds me a lot of the Heat signing Shane Battier a few years ago, a physical small forward, who can defend multiple positions and hit corner threes. While Metta’s shooting is not as good as Battier’s, his defense might be better. After seeing the success of Battier with the Heat, the Knicks and fans alike hope that World Peace can bring similar help to the team. After all, who doesn’t want to be like the Heat?
Metta has announced that he will wear number 51 for the Knicks this upcoming season in honor of his father, Ron Artest Sr., who wore 51 in high school.