Knicks Set to Free World Peace, Udrih; Daniel Artest Goes on Twitter Rant

Adam Zagoria

The Knicks are in buyout talks with both Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, and Daniel Artest isn’t happy about it.

World Peace reported the news on his Twitter, and it has been confirmed by multiple reports.

“My agent just informed me this release could happen any hr now. I just want to say ‘Thanks for everything,’” World Peace Tweeted.

He added: “Thank NYC for everything. Thanks for having me I will always be grateful… My agent is working on a buyout. No disrespect to the city Luv U.”

World Peace joined his hometown Knicks after being amnestied by the Lakers but has recently been relegated to a minor role on the team.

His brother, Daniel Artest, took to Twitter to rip the Knicks in an extended rant.

“Mike Woodson is trash as a coach,” Artest wrote on one of several Tweets. “That’s my opinion. The Knicks are a trash organization. That’s my opinion too. Melo deserves better. Fact!”

World Peace makes $1.6 million this season and has a player option for $1.7 million for next year.

Udrih makes $1.3 million this year and is not under contract beyond this season.

The Knicks were unable to deal the unhappy Udrih at the deadline.

The moves will free up two roster spots as the Knicks (21-34) head into their final 27 games beginning Saturday night in Atlanta.

As Howard Beck pointed out, the Knicks have now waived three of their six acquisitions from last summer in World Peace, Udrih and Chris Smith.


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

316 comments
rgm891
rgm891

Game thread up!!!!!

newyorker9
newyorker9

at what time does the show start in comedy central?

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

Good thing we got rid of the players that are responsible for this season. Now we can get back to winning. God knows we need more mins for Melo, Felton, JR and Chandler

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

WE FVCKIN NEED THE ZEN MASTER TO CLEAR AWAY ALL THE FVCKED UP KARMA!!

newyorker9
newyorker9

I wonder if Shump is on this blog with a fake name since he's 2 weeks out....

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

The Knicks are down to 26th in points allowed per possession. Defense in shambles. Scheme is messy, players not executing it well.


No sh!t.



knickgirl35
knickgirl35

i posted something about dolan double dealing between CAA and the NBA and now it's pending. WTF

solar_lion
solar_lion

I've come to the conclusion that I suffer from Abused Fan Syndrome (AFS). It is a condition that afflicts millions in the tri state area who are fans of NY's loser franchises (the Knicks, Mets, and Jets). 


It's like any relationship. It started out well. In the late 80s early 90s with a competitive team that with good management and stellar coaching became a contender. I was drawn in. Became a die hard. But then things changed, the competency and competitiveness from the front office and team just vanished. Professional two way players (even if not stellar) were replaced with poutty headcases, has been, retreads and reclamation projects. Oh how the franchise just went after any name and any prospect regardless of the risk or cost. Sadly the Franchise had me hooked and I still hoped against hope that it would turn around. It never did. We continued to get those has beens and prospects with potential on large scale salaries. Then it got even worse, coaching retreads were hired and yes men who just carried out ownerships clueless plan marched in, one after another- Isaiah, Donnie, Glen, Steve. None of them bad at their jos, which was to satisfy the owner regardless of the incoherency and epic long term failures in competent management that occurred. But losing, never stopped. Some moments, I thought it would turn around. I thought maybe last year it was the turn around point. All to be fooled yet again and abused yet again by the worse team ever coached. Emphasis on coached. And despite it all the abuse continues as I watch a clueless yes man coach lead a team with possibly enough talent to at least make the playoffs miss it by a mile. And to add injury to insult the gift of a high draft pick was taken from me (and all fans) by another yes man GM GRUNWALD to get another reclamation project, who wouldn't you know, may have potential . . . . to resurrect his career (BARGNANI)? And the losing continues and the same play is run over and over and over again, and the same swtiching over and over and over again. Like a hellish version of Groundhogs day. Yet still I sat through the misery and the incompetency and cluelessness of the DUMBEST YESIRMAN COACH EVER. BUT NO MORE. I'VE HAD ENOUGH.

It's time to break the cycle of abuse. I'm going into a sabbatical away from the madness and disfunction. I can't take it any more. 

End the cycle of abuse. Turn your back on this shyt toord of a franchise and its clueless owner with his zombie brainless army of yesirmen. ENOUGH! 

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

I don't think I have ever see a team crumble as fast as this squad after a 54 win season and a second round playoff exit. You would think this team is a perennial losing franchise

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

So Shump would rather have missed the year to injury rather than play for this year's team. MWP and Beno are getting paid to leave, players are playing as bad as they ever have. Team has no chance of making the playoffs. Despite all of that the coach is staying, something is very very wrong with that.

newyorker9
newyorker9

can't wait till knicks play dallas, miami, golden state, chicago next week...LOL there goes a 4 game losing streak

lobcity
lobcity

What i don't get is why Melo supports Woodson. It cant be bc he isos him every time. Thats cool if you're winning but the knicks are not winning. I don't think he will be labeled as a coach killer. Every one know its obvious Woodson should be fire.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Woodson: "When you're trying to build a team, it should be abt the tm. You can't play everybody. But youve still gotta be a good teammate."


So why do Ray and JR get 30+ minutes guaranteed every night?   It's a bad look that two vets with championship rings are running like he11 from this sinking ship...

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

The franchise is now in 1st place in $$$$ but you must understand exactly what that means. it's not just cash money. it includes projected income. if they see profits slipping changes will definitely be made. the stockholders won't have their bottom lines fvcked with. that's how big business works. boycotts and shiz work. 

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@solar_lion  ASmany have said i feel your pain, thank god i have the Yankees and Giants ( well not this past year lol)

newyorker9
newyorker9

@solar_lion  I feel your pain, also a mets, jets, knicks fan. but at least the Mets have a plan and future they should be good, especially with that pitching, but the Knicks and Jets don't know what a plan or future is

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Victor Triguero  it's simple. it's a little thing called Karma. dolan is not keeping Woody on because he's a good coach. he's double dealing between CAA and the NBA. he's not working in the interest of the franchise. 

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

I think Melo is just trying to say all the right things. I wouldn't blame him for leaving this mess.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@knickkee  But how many stock brokers are really part of dolan's empire??? I thought it was mainly his family that own all things MSG, KNICKS, RANGERS, CABLEVISION, ROCKETTES, RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEWSDAY........... I could go on...........

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@solar_lion @knickkee  i put that it is Karma. the owner is not keeping woody on because he is a good coach but because he is CAA and that he is not working in the interest of the NBA. double dealing like that can't be legal. 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@solar_lion @knickkee  it's my opinion not what i read.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@knickkee @solar_lionI think we Knicks fans need an AA like group therapy session after losses. I'll start with "I am a Knicks fan, I have always been a Knicks fan, I have a problem, . . . I am a Knicks fan." LOL!


Sometimes it's so bad you gotta laugh in order not to cry.

rico
rico

All goid cept it was dolan who traded this years' lotto pick to denver n the melo deal, not grunnie. Lets go mets!

solar_lion
solar_lion

@newyorker9 Yep. All I can do is commiserate. Mets look promising. And even the Jets had playoff runs in consecutive years with different coaches. Yes both have been inept. But none as inept as the Knicks.

newyorker9
newyorker9

@Seth Nadler  yea so melo could leave this circus

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@NYKnickerBocker  he's trying to adhere to the media rules set forth by king shiz dolan.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@OLDKNICK @knickkee  Every big corporation has shareholders. those entities went public years ago. they definitely are part of a large complex conglomerate. it's similar to facebook. the dude owns it but he went public and sold shares now the stockholders have a say.

rico
rico

@OLDKNICK @knickkee  yup it;s a family biz. Jimmy;s daddy is either old and infirm or is happy to let Jimmy be publicly humiliated as long as the properties make $$ and oh how they make $$$.  


My best case scenario which i think might happen is that after 15 years of epic failure and being hated he may lose interest and let a decent management team run the show. Everything he does turns to crap… 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@solar_lion  it got through maybe because i didn't use the owner's name. this shiz is fvcked up.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@rico Didn't know that. Still the transaction rubber stamped by the GM? Like the overpayment to land Melo was rubber stamped by Walsh? Or are you saying that is why both Walsh and Grunwald had a parting of ways with Dolan?

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@solar_lion @newyorker9  As a die hard Mets fan, it is not the team that is inept...it is ownership. Which is the same problem with the Knicks. The big difference between Dolan and the Wilpons at least in the last few years, is that Jimmy is willing to invest in the team...for better or worse

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@knickkee Well fella you are not alone but it just doesnt seem to matter at all... I have been a knick fan longer than some of these guys been swimming in their daddy's nuts and dolan hasnt seen me at msg since the 80's. But I digress

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@knickkee  Oh so we wont be hearing from them any time soon. I hear ya!!! LMAO!!!

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@OLDKNICK @knickkee  Let me be clear. the shareholders have a say in extreme situations. a meeting is set up by the board and various things are voted on. Extreme situations like when profits significantly drop. 

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@knickkee I cant help but wanna say ... how is that working for old jimmy!