Of all the NBA stars who would make likely high school coaches, Ron Artest Metta World Peace probably isn’t high up the list. Evidently public perception isn’t going to keep him from giving it a shot.
As reported by the Palisadian-Post in Pacific Palisades, Calif., World Peace will serve as an assistant coach for the Palisades High girls basketball team in the 2014-15 season. The news was confirmed to the newspaper by Palisades head coach Torino Johnson, who convinced his longtime friend that a role with helping coach girls prep basketball would be a good chance for World Peace to gain new basketball skills.
The agreement between Artest and the Palisades athletic department has yet to be signed, and it also includes flexibility to accomodate “NBA duties” that World Peace might take on if a team were to approach him about playing in the 2014-15 season. Still, Johnson is confident that World Peace will play an active role with the program because of his relationship with World Peace’s daughter, Sadie, who competed as part of the Palisades junior varsity team during her freshman season.
In fact, Johnson insists that it was World Peace himself who pushed for a more formalized role with the program.
“I do a lot of work with NBA guys and I’ve gotten to know him,” Johnson told the Palisadian-Post. “We’ve been talking about it for years and when I mentioned how crazy it would be for him to coach at Pali his exact words were, ‘Give me a title!’
“Metta’s going to be heavy into the strategic portion of our practices. He’ll be someone you’ll see around. We’re both into mental health awareness and I’ll be really excited to see him in the gym.”
World Peace’s role was later confirmed by Johnson on his own Twitter account, as you can see below.
– Torino K Johnson (@coachtorino) June 12, 2014
So, will World Peace be a successful assistant coach? Who knows. At the very least, it seems a safe bet that he’ll be a passionate one.