Metta World Peace was one of the biggest additions for the New York Knicks this off-season. He's known for being a little crazy, shooting three-pointers, playing great defense and being tough as nails. While his offensive and defensive skills translate well to what the Knicks like to do, it's his toughness that may make the biggest impact on a team that lacked that aspect last season. That being said, will World Peace play a goon role for the Knicks during his time in orange and blue?
Last season the New York Knicks didn't have many defenders. Outside of Iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler pretty much everyone on the team struggled trying to stop opponents. When the team added Kenyon Martin they added a third defender and some much needed toughness on a team that talked big and bad but mostly faked their way through most confrontations.
“They’ve got a good team but they never had that goon — that defensive goon last season,’’ Daniel told The Post yesterday from his home in Indianapolis. “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 Artest also believes his brother will fit in well playing under Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.
“He’s a defensive coach,’’ Daniel said. “He always talks defense first. And he’s never had enough guys like Metta on his team.’’
World Peace has always been known as a physical player throughout his time in the NBA, even while he was known as Ron Artest. While some may still remember him most for his part in the “Malice at the Palace” brawl, he's always been a physical player on the court.
He's a player that will be able to take the pressure off a lot of the Knicks players and, like Martin, will always have his teammates back. This next season, teams will know the Knicks aren't push overs and can't be shoved all over the court World Peace will play a large part in that. If that means playing the role of a goon for the Knicks he'll be up to the task.
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