Trans. Mar 19 12:04 ET (Mar 19 12:04 ET ) Youd be surprised how many NBA players have seriously tried to grab the mic in an attempt to create ear-popping, hip-hop flows that translates to commercial success. There are some notable ones who have tested the musical landscape such as Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Tony Parker and Allen Iverson, just to name a few. Shaquille ONeal stands alone as the only NBA player to actually turn a profit in the hip-hop game with his debut album Shaq Diesel, a 12-track compilation that went platinum in 1994. Thats the sort of impact Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is looking to make when he eventually and officially, takes the music industry by storm.
Metta World Peace's return to New York to play for the team he supported as a youngster ended Monday as the Knicks announced they had waived the NBA veteran. The Knicks also released seldom-used guard Beno Udrih, and both players will be free to sign with any team once they clear waivers. World Peace -- formerly Ron Artest -- is a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year and a native of Queens, New York.
Metta World Peace's dream homecoming lasted less than a season, with the New York Knicks waiving the veteran forward and Beno Udrih on Monday after buying out their contracts. World Peace finally got his wish to play for the Knicks when he signed last summer, but he never gained a place in Mike Woodson's rotation and appeared in just 29 games before asking for his release. ''It was a childhood dream of mine to play basketball professionally in New York City, and it has truly been a blessing for that dream to have come true. ''I would like everyone to know that whether I was on the court or off, I could not have been happier playing for and cheering on this amazing city, my city.'' The moves were announced Monday before the Knicks hosted the Dallas Mavericks.
The struggling New York Knicks have waived a pair of veterans in forward Metta World Peace and guard Beno Udrih, the National Basketball Association team said on Monday. "We are disappointed that it did not work out for Beno and Metta here in New York," general manager Steve Mills said in a statement. "We thank them for their contributions this season and wish them well." The floundering Knicks have lost eight of their last 10 and their 21-35 record has them 5 1/2 games behind Atlanta and Charlotte for the eighth and last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Udrih averaged 5.6 points and 3.5 assists over 19 minutes in 31 games for the Knicks this season after signing as a free agent last summer.