Metta World Peace's Basketball Journey Brings Him Back Home

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By Nick Ranieri, Knicks Fan Since '80

“...But then you get back to that orange and blue, and you know that orange-and-blue blood. You've got to come back home. You've got to come back home.” Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace is officially coming back home to his birth city. After the Lakers used the amnesty provision on him, making him a free agent, the Knicks announced on July 15th, 2013 that they had inked World Peace to a two-year deal.

He wasted no time, stopping by the Cox Pavilion during a NBA Summer League game to let us know why he made the move: “I want to do something hard,’’ World Peace said, sitting courtside at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion. “That’s the challenge of being challenged. New York is the hardest place to win. It’s been since ’72-’73 [the Knicks' last title]. Why not take on something that’s hard?’’

After being born in Queens, World Peace has made several stops along his career, but it has come full circle with a return to New York City. Let's take a look back at the stops along the way.