Knicks forward Metta World Peace expects his former team the Los Angeles Lakers to play for the right to hoist the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy this season.

"I think the Lakers are going to go to the NBA Finals" World Peace said during a signing for his children's book "Metta's Bedtime Stories" in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday.

"I think Kobe [Bryant's] gonna be healthy they're gonna get Pau [Gasol]. The Lakers are gonna make a big trade like they always do. They're gonna get another good player boom boom and they're gonna go to the Finals. I believe it. Kobe's gonna come back he's gonna play team ball and Pau's gonna play well."

According to ESPN.com's conference projections the Lakers will finish 12th in the West which prompted Bryant to tweet earlier this offseason "12th I see.."

The Lakers lost Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets in the offseason and Bryant 35 is coming off surgery on his injured Achilles.

World Peace was let go by the Lakers via the amnesty clause and signed with his hometown Knicks.

Notorious for controversial quotes World Peace declined to respond to Paul Pierce's assertion that it's time for the rival Brooklyn Nets to start running New York City saying he doesn't have the energy to engage in a war of words and is still just trying to enjoy his offseason.

"I just want apple pie. I don't feel like talking" World Peace said. "I want to go to Whole Foods enjoy my Whole Foods and play with my teammates. I don't have the energy to go back and forth with words because there's just too many great things happening in New York City for me to be going back and forth."

Asked about the Nets and their additions of Kevin Garnett Pierce Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko World Peace responded "Honestly I don't even know who's on their team. I'm not going to lie. I'm just happy to be a Knick. That's it."

World Peace said he's fine coming off the bench if that's what Knicks coach Mike Woodson thinks is best for the team.