Notebook: MWP says 'I'm an alien'


NEW YORK -- Say this much for the Knicks: They may be bad, but at least they're not boring.

The latest example of levity from the Knicks' locker room came from Metta World Peace.

Here's a little background: ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported earlier Friday that owner James Dolan met with the Knicks to inform them that there won't be any forthcoming trades or coaching changes.

World Peace was asked about Dolan's message to the players.

His response?

"I'm not a player, I'm an alien," he said with a straight face. "I wasn't actually there. I was in another galaxy with my galactic friends."

World Peace was also asked about the idea that Mike Woodson deserves a chance to coach a healthy version of this Knicks team.

"My focus is on winning championships. I don’t focus on anything else. Aliens only want to win championships," World Peace said. "That’s it. Injuries is not a focus. Trade talk is not a focus. Nothing is a focus. Gluten-free pasta is not a focus, which I would rather have gluten-free pasta. Hey, if I have to have regular pasta. ... It is what it is. I’m still going to try to win a championship. Nothing will distract me from my focus, my galactic mind."

Yes, it's hard not to like Metta.

Woody wants to see Knicks healthy: As Stein reported, one reason Woodson wasn't fired earlier this month is because Knicks management wanted to give him a chance to coach the team with Tyson Chandler healthy. But Raymond Felton went down shortly thereafter, leaving New York without another starter due to injury.

Woodson wouldn't comment on Stein's report before Friday's loss to the Toronto Raptors. But he acknowledged that he would indeed like to coach the team when it's fully healthy.

"I've always felt that way, absolutely. I don't think there's a team in the league that you can take key players out [and] they still survive," Woodson said. "We've had our ups and downs in terms of how we played, but a lot of it has to do with the fact that we've had a lot of injuries as well.

"I'm just anxious, my staff and I, to see where we are," the coach added. "I know if we do have a full deck, we got a chance to win basketball games. I truly believe that."

Woody hears no evil: Woodson said he doesn't hear the "Fire Woodson" chants at Madison Square Garden. A very small group of fans -- sometimes one -- has started the chorus late in some of the Knicks' blowout losses.

"I don't hear it," he said.

Woodson also reiterated that he hadn't talked to Beno Udrih after the point guard said he was upset over public criticism of his game, likely from Woodson. "I heard about it. But again, I never even addressed it because it wasn’t that important as far as I was concerned," Woodson said. ... Amar'e Stoudemire said he has some swelling in his right wrist but will play Saturday at Toronto. He said he has been playing with the swelling for the last two games. He wore a wrap on his wrist after Friday's game. ... J.R. Smith said he is under the weather, though he doesn't have the flu.

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