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Report: Kenyon Martin, Metta World Peace had “heated” argument

Dec 2, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT

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Losing causes friction in the locker room. Nine losses is a row is almost enough friction to start a fire.

For the second time in a day some of that friction around the New York Knicks bubbled to the surface — Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin got in a heated argument Sunday during a workout before the Knicks game, reports Ian Begley at ESPNNewYork.com.

The two veteran forwards did not come to blows, but the back and forth was described as “intense” by one source with knowledge of the dust-up.

World Peace and Martin smoothed things over prior to the Knicks’ 103-99 loss to the Pelicans on Sunday night, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

We don’t have any idea what this one was about, but two veteran players like this should be able to move on.

We already told you that Iman Shumpert vented at Carmelo Anthony after a “miscommunication” on a defensive play. While caught on camera nobody is talking about that one, but Shumpert was already on the trade block so this could well just be a step toward the door for him.

All this really shows is that things are tense in New York, which we knew. There also is no great hope in sight — they need to get J.R. Smith right and Tyson Chandler back healthy. Do that, take some pressure off Carmelo Anthony and things can start to swing the other direction.

But in the short term, coach Mike Woodson has to be concerned he doesn’t become the scapegoat to relieve the pressure.

  1. stephenolszewski - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Now that’s a fight I’d pay to see

    • jusdre313 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      haha stphen you beat me to it ! lol

  2. spthegr8 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    That’s a TOUGH call, MWP vs K Mart…..???????????………….????????? MWP. When in doubt ( Chris Rock voice ) Bet on CRAZY!!!!!!

  3. legend30 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Who wins the fight? I got money on MWP.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Knicks are the worst team in the NBA.

    And Kenyon wants NO PARTS of Ron.

    • knightrider1755 - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:36 AM

      Mr,Wright 212 A true comment coming from a die-hard, delusional Knicks fanatic but lets go a little further…… ” the Knicks suck”.

  5. observingii - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Martin would mop the floor with that great pretender.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      I thought K-Mart was tougher before I realized he has his (ex-)wife’s lips tattooed on his neck.

      • stadix093 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:21 AM

        Well said sir.

      • stephenlin - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        hehe who was it that tim thomas called a fugazi all those years ago? yup, it was the one and only kenyon martin. “i’ve never seen a pit bull who picks and chooses who he wants to bite.” :D

  6. sportsfan18 - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    MWP – NO! Aunt Jemima is the coach!

    KM – NO! It’s J.R. Smith cuz of his brotha

    MWP – yell a little louder Kenyon, we gotta sell this a bit more

    KM – You don’t even know you’re on the Knicks D league squad dude!

    MWP – I KNOW I’m not on the D league squad because they’re better than us!

    KM – Let’s not give the ball to MeHog/MeBrick anymore!

    MWP – Damn! You’re alright Kenyon. Somethin I agree with you bout finally.

    KM – Let’s go smoke some weed bro!

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      MWP doesn’t smoke weed, he just drinks his Hennessy scotch.

      • sportsfan18 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        Twas ALL a joke and sarcasm. Just poking fun at their dysfunction. People take things way too seriously.

  7. alpo3744 - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Terrible team in a terrible city with terrible fans in a terrible stadium. The most overrated team in the league in the most overrated city in the world

    • cmehustle - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Lol! Thats the most un American thing Ive ever heard on this website. To hate NYC is to hate America.

    • cmehustle - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      You might be from Boston. And you might also be a schmuk.

      • timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Yah NY sucks, just media hype

  8. jobotjones - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I would pay more to see them fight than to play basketball.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    If they fought, at least one Knick would have to win!

    • Kevin S. - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Nah. Not only would they both lose, Amar’e would somehow break 18 bones and tear 4 ligaments.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        *Amare reaches for the popcorn, hears something pop* “Coach, I think I need an MRI”

      • stephenlin - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        lol, that’s cold blooded, kevin and jcmeyer.

  10. stephenolszewski - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    MWP is straight crazy, I believe K Mart could beat someone down, but you can’t fix crazy

  11. bux1022 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Alpo is a schmuck!

  12. dinofrank60 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    K-Mart thinks he’s crazy, MWP is crazy.

  13. thetooloftools - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    The New York Tieras because they are all drama queens.

  14. 6stn - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    I can see Carmelo Anthony in the middle of it all, with his classic, Curley Howard-esque, shadow-box, back pedal

  15. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Just breath on K-Mart and he’d go down. I say that based on his injury history.

    >Calls himself “world peace”
    >almost gets in a brawl

    • stephenlin - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      metta world war :)

  16. 1509lucky - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Taking Metta in that Fight!

  17. weaselpuppy - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Love seeing a team full of overrated overpaid (Carmelo, JR Smith, Amare, Felton), malcontent (MWP, Martin, Jr Smith) loser (Bargnani) scrubs (Udrih, Barron, Aldrich) get their heads handed to them on a nightly basis.

    Team is a complete nightmare, awfully assembled, plays with no heart, no sense of teamwork and an air of entitlement without accomplishment only rivaled by Biebers and Kardashians…

    Hardaway jr, Shumpert and Chandler are the only building blocks here. Get ready for a whole bunch of 50+ loss seasons in a row. Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of punks.

  18. fotydaze - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Hey, Carmelo, you may want to demonstrate some leadership skills right about now…oh yeah I forgot you don’t have any

  19. edwardemanuelson - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Look for Melo to be shopped around the deadline if this losing continues, which it most likely will.

  20. imakcds - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I laugh at all the negative comments towards MWP. I think he’s a stand up guy, and I guarantee you that there are a whole lot of his peers that will back that up.
    and it’s Kmart who’d have to be crazy to tangle with Metta: MWP is amazingly strong.

  21. uofmusic - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Must be a tough job making decisions for the New York KNicks. Take an already mediocre team and add over the hill trouble makers and see if we can win it all. What a joke this organization has become.

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