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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Should Woody give MWP more minutes?

By Ian Begley

It’s safe to say Metta World Peace’s return to New York hasn’t played out the way he’d hoped.

World Peace played just one minute against Oklahoma City. He entered the game late in the fourth quarter and the Knicks down double digits. Garbage time is pretty much the only time World Peace gets in the game these days.

He’s been a complete professional about the situation throughout the season. He’s said time and again that he’s not worried about minutes, he just wants to be ready when called upon.

After watching Sunday’s game, it’s fair to wonder if Mike Woodson is ignoring World Peace at his own peril.

Clearly, World Peace isn’t going to turn the Knicks’ season around. But he may have put up some resistance against Kevin Durant on Sunday. Durant put up 41 points and none of the Knicks called on to guard him -- Carmelo Anthony, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith -- could do much to stop him.

Maybe Metta could have helped?

Either way, World Peace continues to take his benching in stride. A recent report suggested that he’s “open” to a trade (of course he's "open" to being traded; he wants to play). But World Peace responded to the report on Twitter by writing that he’d never talked about wanting a trade and that he’s happy with any amount of playing time that he gets with the Knicks.

After watching Sunday’s game, it’s worth wondering whether he deserves more.

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