NBA All-Star. Children's book author. Mental health advocate. Reality show star. High school basketball coach.
Metta World Peace will add another line to his resume later this year when he joins the staff of the Palisades High School girls basketball program in California.
The 34-year-old free agent, who played for the New York Knicks last year, announced the move on Twitter:
Yes, I will be helping out at Pali High with Coach T when time permits. I'm looking forward to being an assistant high school girls coach.
— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) June 12, 2014
The key phrase here is "as time permits." World Peace signed a two-year deal with the Knicks in July 2013 but he was waived by the team in February. His future in New York is uncertain, although the fact that his former coach, Phil Jackson, has been named president of the team may help his cause.
World Peace's daughter, Sadie, attended Palisades High and played on the basketball team. According to a tweet he sent out recently, it appears that Sadie has graduated:
— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) May 23, 2014
"Metta's going to be heavy into the strategic portion of our practices," Dolphins head coach Torino Johnson told the Palisadian-Post. "He'll be someone you'll see around. We're both into mental health awareness and I'll be really excited to see him in the gym."
World Peace's NBA future remains unclear, but a tweet by Johnson seems to indicate that Metta himself expects to be back on the court at some point next year.
— Torino K Johnson (@coachtorino) June 12, 2014