Thursday , Aug , 01 , 2013 Matt Formica

Knicks betta with Metta?

Daniel Artest, Metta World Peace's brother, said if the Knicks had MWP last year, their playoff run would have gone a different route.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  I'd want World Peace on my team.

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"I'm not worried [he's washed up].  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 who won't have to guard the best forward guy anymore…He's still very strong and has a lot of game left."

So would the Knicks have beaten the Pacers with MWP?


“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. – See more at: http://prosportsdaily.com/articles/brother-metta-can-be-goon-for-knicks-260536.html#sthash.Dm83TLuF.dpuf

“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. – See more at: http://prosportsdaily.com/articles/brother-metta-can-be-goon-for-knicks-260536.html#sthash.Dm83TLuF.dpuf

It's certainly an interesting concept to think about.  Having a bruiser like Artest/World Peace, who's also been an extremely good defender in his NBA career, is always an asset.  And it does help when you can make it easier on your superstar, the way Peace did for Kobe in LA and the same way he'll do for Melo in NYC.  Maybe we'll get to see the Pacers and Knicks in the playoffs this year and see if it's a different outcome.  Indiana beat the Knicks 4 games to 2 in the eastern conference semis this past season.

Peace averaged 6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in the first round of the playoffs this year for the Lakers, who were swept in that series by the Spurs.

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