Metta World Peace rides subway to Madison Square Garden for Knicks game (video)
Another NBA season, another season of Metta World Peace delighting fans with his unique personality.
The new New York Knicks forward rode the F Train from Queensbridge into Manhattan for his regular season debut with his new squad.
Metta grew up in Queensbridge, so at about 4:30 on Wednesday, he showed up along with a a few pals at the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue, an intersection near the housing projects where he once lived.
And then, he got on the subway.
“This,” MWP said, “is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
His brother still lives in Queensbridge, so Metta decided it would be a nostalgic trip down memory lane to hop on the subway and head to the arena, where the Knicks hosted the Milwaukee Bucks, ultimately prevailing with a 90-83 win.
Metta’s boarding of the subway, as chronicled by Newsday’s Jim Baumbach:
Instantly people who had been milling around the subway steps recognized him. People called out, “Hey, Ron!” — no one calls him Metta around here — and World Peace stopped to shake hands and hug about a dozen people. Someone handed him a phone to talk into.
Through the turnstile, World Peace noticed a crowd was following him, and the platform quickly started to fill. “I’ve got to get a seat,” he said, laughing. “I can’t be standing.” He did have a basketball game to play in a few hours, after all.
A clip from a spot that will air on the “Mike Woodson Show” on the MSG Network on Friday.
Metta arrived near his destination, hopping off at the 34th Street and Herald Square intersection, just a few blocks from his new NBA home. But as far as Metta World Peace being a Knick is concerned, the ride is just beginning. At least, considering his recent history of entertaining and delighting us with is antics, let’s hope so.
[Video via Pro Basketball Talk]