Knight says World Peace punched him
by Vince Ellis, USA TODAY Sports
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — An altercation between Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight and Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace interrupted an exciting game Sunday at the Palace.
At the 1:43 mark of the second quarter, fans got a reminder of World Peace’s past at the Palace.
With the Lakers leading, 55-47, Knight was guarding World Peace when the two became entangled. World Peace put Knight’s head in a bear hug and while Knight was trying to pull away, World Peace appeared to get a short uppercut in. Knight pushed World Peace away and then walked to the other end of the court and order was restored. World Peace was hit with a flagrant foul and Knight made both free throws.
Knight was very animated after the game, which the Lakers won, 98-97.
“The play needs to be reviewed because he definitely threw a punch,” Knight said. “It felt like he threw a punch. That’s why I reacted the way I did.
“The play was over and he grabbed me around the neck. If someone grabs you around the neck, you’re not just going to let that happen. You do what you need to get that person off you.”
The incident stirred memories of the Palace brawl in 2004 between the Pistons and Pacers when World Peace – then known as Ron Artest – sparked one of the ugliest incidents in sports history.
After the game, World Peace complimented Knight.
“He’s a small guy. He was trying his hardest to keep me off him. He worked hard, man,” World Peace said. “That kid, I don’t know where he’s from, I don’t know what school he went to, because he was guarding me and I was crashing the boards. He’s a tough kid, man. He tried to keep me off the glass and he did a good job. That’s all I can say. He’s a tough kid, very great. He’s a tough point guard or shooting guard or whatever he is.”
Vince Ellis writes for the Detroit Free Press.