No, this isn’t a game of “Two truths and a lie,” these are three actual things that Metta World Peace is contemplating doing now that he’s been amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers.
First and foremost, there’s no love lost between the organization and the forward, who said of the luxury tax they’d have to pay to keep him; Metta said:
"It was an extra $24 million that was going to have to come from a family-owned business. I'm really close with the [Buss] family, so I would not want the family-owned business to have to come out of pocket like that. So, I definitely supported the decision."
So, what will he do now?
"I don't really want to play for anybody. I don't want to go anywhere. I want to go to China, or coach or play arena football."
As for playing in China, MWP has been talking to Yao Ming about joining the Shanghai Sharks, and he also visited China recently. He said of the move:
"You don't live twice. You're not 33 twice. You won't be able to play in China at a good level again. I wouldn't be able to play in China again averaging, maybe, 40 or more points. That would be fun... I had a chance to play in New York [in the past]. I wanted to play in New York when I was in my prime and I was young, fierce, lock-down [defender]. Madison Square Garden, that would have been sick. But right now, China is way more adventurous for me."
Metta also added that China’s seasons are much shorter than NBA seasons, and his knee is still ailing after his miraculous return last season.
In regard to MWP becoming a coach, that happened after he heard rumors that he’d be traded, saying:
"I said, 'Mitch, I want to come back and coach this year.’ That was the first thing I texted Mitch. I said, 'Don't worry about it.' I said, 'I understand what you have to do and I would love to help the young guys. I want to coach. I want to help y'all win a championship.' "
A huge reason Metta could be good for this team is that he’s a good go-between with the older vets like Kobe Bryant and the younger guys, because of his goofy nature.
Though, D’Antoni is being very selective about his all-new staff.
And that arena football stuff:
However, there’s still the chance Metta could end up in the NBA. A friend of his said that if it were a large market team the vet would consider it.
"I enjoy myself. I definitely enjoy myself. I don't do something unless it's going to be fun. I'm telling you, if I have a chance to play arena football, I'm going to do it. You guys will see me there, and you're going to be writing about it."