Millions of New Yorkers ride the subway system for their daily commute to work.
On Wednesday, the Knicks new forward took the F train from his native Queensbridge to Madison Square Garden for New York's season debut against the Milwaukee Bucks.
“A lot of times over the years I took this ride to the city,” World Peace told MSG in a video shot during his commute. “It’s just been a long time coming, right? This is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m focused for the game, I understand this is kind of crazy but this is good, we get a chance to sit down, have my pre-game meal, I’ll be on the train for maybe 10 minutes, I’ll walk to the Garden and I’ll be locked in ready to win the game.”
World Peace is known for his eccentricities and forceful style of play. The man still remembered by most as Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011 when he was with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he helped the team win a championship. His most infamous moment came during the so-called ‘Malice at the Palace’ when he and several other Indiana Pacers teammates brawled with both Detroit Pistons players and fans in 2004. His physical style of play has earned him more than a few fines and suspensions, but it has also been effective in intimidating opponents.
World Peace signed with the Knicks on a two-year, $3.3 million contract after being amnestied by the Lakers. He scored four points and pulled down four rebounds in his debut with New York, a 90-83 win over Milwaukee.