Metta World Peace on his brother, a big Spurs fan: ‘Not a friend right now’
With the Los Angeles Lakers making it into the playoffs despite losing Kobe Bryant at season’s end and a first-round playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs looming on the horizon with the first game on Sunday, the battle lines have been drawn in House Artest (or the House formerly known as Artest but now going by World Peace — or something).
Why? Because Metta World Peace’s younger brother, Daniel, is a big-time San Antonio Spurs fan.
Daniel Artest, 30, a 6-foot-5 power forward who has played in a number of professional/semi-professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball Association, apparently is fully backing the Spurs in the upcoming playoff series, despite the likely familial backlash.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, the younger Artest will root for his big brother and the Lakers so long as they aren’t squaring off with his favorite NBA squad, which is causing some friction between the brothers.
Said World Peace, who says he and his brother have a close relationship, after the Lakers season-ending game on Wednesday: “My brother’s not a friend right now,” adding, “I’m not talking to him.”
When asked if all communication between the siblings will be cut off during the Lakers-Spurs series, World Peace concisely replied, “Absolutely.”
In the end, this playoff series will only last a week or so at most — so long as the NBA is not continuing its annoying practice of scheduling far too many off days between games (there is one two-day break between games — not so bad) — but a brotherly bond lasts a lifetime. More often than not.