NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Metta World Peace is a New York kid, and how do New York kids get around?
They take subways.
And ahead of World Peace’s first game as a Knick, he did just that.
The 33-year-old forward took the F train from the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue in Queens to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, according to Newsday.
“I’ve got to get a seat,” the Queens native said, according to the newspaper, as the platform began to get crowded. “I can’t be standing.”
According to Newsday, World Peace — who took this train frequently in his younger years — attempted to guess how many stops there were until the final one, 34th Street in Manhattan. He shook hands and hugged fans, and proceeded to mingle with everyday New Yorkers on the roughly 15-minute trip.
The 2004 NBA All-Star, formerly Ron Artest, attended La Salle Academy in Manhattan’s East Village and played his college ball at St. John’s in Queens.
After 14 years in the NBA, the former first-round pick signed a two-year deal with his hometown team on July 16.
In the Knicks’ season-opening win over the Bucks, World Peace scored four points, picked up four rebounds and had a steal in 18 minutes.
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