Metta World Peace made his debut as a member of the New York Knicks on Wednesday night and he got to Madison Square Garden in the most Metta way possible: he took the F train.
Yep. Just another New Yorker, riding the subway to work.
World Peace, still known in these parts as Ron Artest, showed up at a stop near the Queensbridge housing projects where he grew up, Newsday’s Jim Baumbach reports, at around 4:30 p.m. and hopped a train into Manhattan. (Video here.)
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.
World Peace, who played at St. John’s but was disappointed to be passed over by the Knicks in 1999, admitted: “This is something I’ve always wanted to do.”