World Peace derailed for tonight

BALTIMORE -- Metta World Peace will not play in the New York Knicks' preseason game Thursday night against the Wizards due to a right ankle injury.

World Peace did not travel with the Knicks to Baltimore. Coach Mike Woodson said World Peace's injury is "minor" and he could have played, if necessary. There's obviously no need to play World Peace in a preseason game, though.

"He’s fine," Woodson said. "He’s just resting and he stayed behind to get treatment. It’s precautionary."

World Peace rolled his ankle during a scrimmage on Wednesday and limped off under his own power.

The 33-year-old forward averaged 24 minutes in the first two preseason games before sitting out the most recent game against the Celtics.

SHUMP WATCH: Iman Shumpert will have his first opportunity to play with the starting five on Thursday.

Woodson says he will be watching the third-year guard closely.

"I’m just trying to see where he is in terms of his overall game. That’s what I want to get better," Woodson said. "If that gets better, we’re going to get better for it. I’m watching his every move in terms of how he’s defending and what he’s doing offensively to help himself and help us be better. I know he’s going to play hard so I’m not concerned about that. I’m just trying to see where his game is."

Woodson hasn't been shy when it comes to critiquing Shumpert. He'd like to see the former first-round pick improve his ball-handling on pick and rolls and be more careful on defense.

Shumpert will compete with J.R. Smith for the Knicks' starting shooting guard spot.

Smith is currently rehabbing from offseason knee surgery. He hopes to play in the Knicks' final preseason game. Once Smith is deemed healthy by the Knicks and an independent NBA doctor, he will have to serve a five-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

HOME SWEET HOME: Carmelo Anthony spent Wednesday night at his youth center in Baltimore, where he oversaw a renovation and hosted a workout for young basketball players in the area.

On Thursday, he will play in the city he grew up in for the first time as a pro.

"This was a dream I never thought would come true. I'm living a dream right now," Anthony said.

Anthony was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, but moved to Baltimore as a young child.

Sorry, New Yorkers. Anthony considers himself a native of Baltimore.

"Without a doubt," Anthony said. "This is where I learned pretty much everything. I came here at a young age and had to really learn life skills and how to survive here. [I] will always be forever indebted to [this city]."

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