Metta World Peace had some of his better moments as a pro under the watchful eye of Phil Jackson, so who better than the man formerly known as Ron Artest to enlighten New Yorkers and the world on what the addition of Jackson means to the Knicks.
The former Knicks forward played four seasons in L.A. for Jackson, and told the New York Post that “Jackson will change the culture and attitude in New York City.”
“He changed a lot of views on myself,’’ World Peace told The Post Sunday. “One of the hardest things to become is a player who sacrifices. He showed me the benefits of sacrificing. Right before I came to the Lakers, I was averaging 16, 17 shots per game. After that, it was all about sacrifice and my numbers went down. I was the same player, but he showed me the benefits of sacrificing to win a title.’’
“I know he really enjoys winning,’’ World Peace said. “He enjoys it more than anyone. Some coaches are obsessed about winning, but I truly believe he just enjoys it at a different level than most people. It’s easy to win playing for a guy who actually enjoys winning. He feels it’s something that’s destined to happen.’’