If Metta World Peace played in France, he’d be known as Metta Monde Paix. But instead, per various local reports, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest may get to close out his NBA career with the team he always wanted to play for. The Knicks.
As Daniel Mogollan, a staff writer with allmediany.com, reminds, this would bring things full circle. Back in 1999, instead of drafting Artest, the Knicks chose French player Frédéric Weis.
The above YouTube footage of Vince Carter‘s celebrated 2000 Summer Olympics posterization of Weis really should have way more than five million views. It is still, arguably, the best dunk in history or, as the French media wound up dubbing it, “le dunk de la mort” (“the dunk of death”). Meanwhile, we’re sure each and every Knicks beat writer tasked with covering post-game is praying this MWP deal happens.