Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ron's brother criticizes Woodson for not playing MWP

Metta World Peace only got a minute of action Saturday night as the Knicks got quietly put to bed by the Miami Heat. Following the game, Daniel Artest, Ron's brother, took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with coach Mike Woodson.

"Mike Woodson disrepected my brother. Plain and simple," tweeted Artest. "Might as well given him a DNP-CD. Dude had a great career, you do this."

Though MWP has fallen off my radar, his brother raises a valid point. The Knicks could have certainly used Ron's size and defense Saturday night as Dwyane Wade and LeBron James combined for 52 points on 62% shooting. Especially considering the ones tasked with defending Wade and James for the majority of the night were Tim Hardaway Jr. and JR Smith. Hardaway at times looked confused and lost. Smith on the other hand was outmatched and overpowered.

I admit no one really can stop LeBron. But Metta -- when healthy -- is one of the few guys in the league that has skill set and frame to guard him. With Iman Shumpert out, it's hard to understand why World Peace didn't get some extra time. My go-to reasoning would be he's not healthy, but his brother claims Ron's knee isn't an issue.

Artest said, "Ron has been healthy for weeks for the record. His knee wasn't an issue at all after Jan 6."

"It's not even about guarding LBJ," continued Artest. "I don't believe you can't find minutes for someone like Ron."

This isn't Daniel Artest's first brush with controversy on Twitter. He has previously criticized the Knicks for their handling of his brother when he was held out of a game earlier in the season. Those tweets were subsequently deleted.

UPDATE: MWP responds to his brother's tweets:

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