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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  11 responses

Metta World Peace’s Brother Says He Can Be the Knicks’ Goon


Metta World Peace (or whatever his new name is going to be) is bringing his playful personality to Gotham, but according to his brother Daniel Artest, MWP’s goonish ways on the court are exactly what the New York Knicks had been missing. Per the NY Post: “The Knicks got beat — and beat up — by the Pacers last May in the playoffs. And they signed World Peace partly with the rugged Pacers in mind. ‘They’ve got a good team but they never had that goon — that defensive goon last season,’’ Daniel said. ‘Someone that’s not afraid. If Ron was on the team, they would have gotten past the Pacers.’ [...] ‘I’m not worried [he’s washed up],’ Daniel said. ‘It’s all about heart. The way Ron plays, he will help the Knicks out the way he plays defense and take pressure off Carmelo [Anthony], [who] won’t have to guard the best forward guy anymore. [World Peace] can guard the power forward. He held a lot of power forwards like Zach Randolph, David West and LaMarcus [Aldridge] last season way below their scoring average. He’s still very strong and has a lot of game left.’ [...] Daniel still communicates with World Peace virtually every day and claims his brother’s first choice was to play with the Clippers for family reasons after being waived by the Lakers. ‘The Clippers were his first choice,’ Daniel said. ‘He loves L.A. and wanted to stay. But the Clippers had their team ready. The Knicks were the other option. I think it’s awesome. He gets to go back home to finish his career where it started. He’s beloved in New York. Everyone I’ve ever spoken to always said they wanted him to go to the Knicks. He’s putting in all the work this summer to keep Knicks fans happy. They can love you one day and be against you the next if you don’t perform.’ Daniel has been an ardent Spurs fan since he was 10 and tried to orchestrate his brother to San Antonio. Their father, Ron Artest Sr., was in the Navy and always trumped up Spurs legend David Robinson. And Daniel knew fellow New Yorker Lloyd Daniels, who wound up in San Antonio. Daniel said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich expressed interest in his brother during the playoffs. ‘I finally met Popovich, told him I was a big Spurs fan and he said he always liked Ron on his team,’ Daniel said. ‘I relayed the message, tried to convince [World Peace], but my brother didn’t believe me.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    this guy

  • TV63

    He will find out Knick fans a whole lot better than Laker fans! It will be entertaining no doubt with MWP.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    He’s grown a lot more since these days. This was a goon..

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view5/2502478/ron-artest-punches-fan-o.gif

  • Anthony

    I thought they just re-signed K-mart supply them with their goon needs? I guess goon is like COWBELL in the NBA…and you always “Need more COWBELL!”

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Danny is my guy, but he just made every hard MWP foul an automatic flagrant 1 with this statement! SMH

  • Dfrance

    Man, yall think Metta is crazy?? Danny takes the freakin coo-coo cake!

  • underdog

    Maaaaan. MWP on the Spurs coached by the one and only Greg Popovich would have been the greatest entertainment source I can think of. Just imagine the possible post game press conferences.

  • bike

    Bet he will really hit it off with Spike Lee and Spike will offer him a part alongside with Denzel Washington in his upcoming film ‘Get Off the Tater Wagon’.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    That was a grown man from the hood where you don’t just let dudes square up on you who snapped after having beer thrown on him while he was minding his business. I’m not too sure he would handle it any differently now than he did then. Let’s not forget that he elbowed James Harden in the head for no reason just a year ago. I’m sure he’s changed and grown a lot, but you still don’t let dudes throw stuff at you or square up on you. You can take the boy out of the hood, but there aren’t too many guys who you can take the hood out of.

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    That was a grown man from the
    hood where you don’t just let dudes square up on you who snapped after
    having beer thrown on him while he was minding his business. I’m not too
    sure he would handle it any differently now than he did then. Let’s not
    forget that he elbowed James Harden in the head for no reason just a
    year ago. I’m sure he’s changed and grown a lot, but you still don’t let
    dudes throw stuff at you or square up on you. You can take the boy out
    of the hood, but there aren’t too many guys who you can take the hood
    out of.

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