Metta World Peace likes getting his ice cream from the Mister Softee truck, but he doesn’t like playing against guys who are soft - and he said there are a lot of them in today’s NBA.
As only he could do, World Peace made that Mister Softee analogy after he went face-to-face with intense Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough on Monday night. Of course, he didn’t back down. World Peace said he likes Hansbrough, likes that he plays tough and there aren’t enough physical players in the league now.
“He’s tough,” World Peace said after the Knicks' 123-120 double-overtime loss to the Ratpors Monday night. “I like him. I like that guy. That’s why I miss Matt Harpring when he retired. I have no one to bang with. I have nobody to go bull horn head-to-head. I love it. I miss Matt Harpring. Please come back. Now we got Tyler.
“I love guys like that. I need that physical action. The game has changed so much. Now we got all these Mister Softees. You know Mister Softee in New York? A lot of people are made from the ice cream cone. A lot of basketball players are made right from the Mister Softee ice cream cone truck. I like Mister Softee. I don’t like to play basketball with Mister Softee. I just like Mister Softee after a nice, hot summer day.”
On the play, World Peace fouled Hansbrough from behind and his arm went over his shoulder. Hansbrough pushed World Peace’s arm away. When he turned around and saw who it was and the look on World Peace’s face, Hansbrough appeared to say, “Oh, Ron. My bad.”
The man formerly known as Ron Artest said it was all good.
“No message,” World Peace said. “He’s a good player, tough player. If it was back in the day it probably would have been more. It was enough. He was aggressive. He was running hard. We had a moment, but we both moved on. It was good for the game. It was good for the fans. He stood his ground and he got his fans excited. It was great. No fighting. It was face-to-face action. It was good.”