New York, NY (July 15, 2013) – Metta World Peace, the 2004 NBA All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year, announced today on MSG Network that he will join the New York Knicks. World Peace spoke with MSG’s Spero Dedes and Walt “Clyde” Frazier live at the top of the network’s Knicks-Bobcats NBA Summer League game telecast from Las Vegas.
Below are quotes from World Peace’s interview with Dedes and Frazier, and quotes from special contributor Larry Johnson from his courtside interview with reporter Alan Hahn about the acquisition.
Metta World Peace
“It was simple for me. No need to look at the contract. What’s the number? A dollar? Just give me the paper and give the rest to charity. Let’s go.”
“Obviously I stayed at St. John’s because it’s tough to play in New York…when you win in New York, that’s the hardest thing to do. The easiest thing to do is go somewhere else, maybe get a few extra bucks and it’s okay. The media is tough and I need something that’s tough right now and I want to win where it’s the hardest to win, and that’s home.”
“I appreciate the opportunity to be a solider for Melo and Amar’e and the opportunity to add my molecules to that chemistry that they have already. I really want to make the chemistry over there continue to flow. I want to fit right in.”
“I’m the type of player where I go hard and I feel comfort winning, having eight points, or taking over the game if I have to, or just being satisfied with the win. That’s what I want my teammates that I’m joining to understand about me…it has nothing to do with buckets. It’s all about the win”
“It’s not about me or what I want to hear, it’s about what Coach needs me to do. That’s all it’s about. It’s not about what’s going to sell me. I want to win in New York and the New York Knicks picked the best possible coach out there in Coach (Woodson), so how can I help win, what do you need me to do? It’s easy for me because I can execute. That’s one thing I know how to do. I know how to execute.”
“When you come to the Garden and you see your hometown boy and I don’t say anything back to you, I’m locked in baby. That’s what it’s all about.”
“People know that when I’m ready to play ball, that’s what it’s all about. The level of focus that’s going to take place at the Garden, that’s what I’m going to bring…no time for anything outside.”
Walt “Clyde” Frazier
“He will bring a lot of hoopla and excitement to the fans. I really like this move because of the defense and rebounding that he will bring to the Knicks.”
“I’m excited now by what’s happening with the Knicks. They have taken a nice step in acquiring Metta World Peace.”
“He will help the most on the defensive end. He plays the way the Knicks like to play defense, and the way Woody will use him, he will help the team win.”
“(Winning in New York) is super difficult. He knows from playing at St. John’s. If he keeps doing what he’s been doing, New York will embrace him and love him.”
World Peace concluded the interview by giving Frazier a big hug.
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