Just days after New York terminated head coach Jeff Hornacek, Metta—formerly known as Ron Artest—hit up Twitter to express his interest in the coveted position.
Metta inked a two-year deal with the Knicks in 2013; however, the team waived the NBA veteran less than a year later after buying out his contract. Though it was a short run, Metta said it was his childhood dream to play for the team.
“As a kid, New York was in my blood, and that was it. I got a chance to play for the Knicks, so it was cool, but it was towards the end of my career,” he told Basketball Insiders in 2016. “It wasn’t when I was the best defender and everything. But that was my goal, man: to bring a championship to New York City. It just didn’t work out that way.”
On Thursday, it was reported that Hornacek was fired from his coaching position after finishing 60-104 in two seasons. The team’s associate head coach, Kurt Rambis, was also let go.
“Jeff is a true professional who has worked tirelessly for this organization the last two seasons,” Knicks President Steve Mills and General Manager Scott Perry said in a statement. “We sincerely appreciate his efforts and considerable contributions to the team and wish him well in his future endeavors.”