It seems like Metta World Peace really hasn't got the hang of this whole bi-coastal thing down pat yet — and may have to pay for it.
The kooky former Knick and Laker forward, previously known as Ron Artest, was not at a hearing in Manhattan Family Court Thursday, where his ex is fighting for him to pay private high school tuition for their 13-year-old son.
His lawyer, Elisabeth Vreeburg, said that it was 7 a.m. in California and that he “wasn’t able to be in a place where he could call in” for the hearing.
The 34-year-old World Peace was not sanctioned for his absence and there is not yet a ruling on whether sleepyhead can have the case transferred to Queens, his native borough.
A lawyer for his son’s mother, Jennifer Palma, say the request is a delay tactic, an attempt for the athlete to get out of paying their son’s $38,355-per-year high school tuition at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn.
She filed a lawsuit against the basketball veteran in April, claiming he verbally agreed to pay the pricey prep school bill at the school he attended as an eighth-grader.
This guy never makes anything easy, does he?