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Metta World Peace, brother Daniel Artest at odds over Lakers, Spurs

The Lakers (45-37) start their first-round playoff matchup against the San Antonio Spurs (58-24) on Sunday, and that’s causing a rift between brothers.

Metta World Peace has a close relationship with his brother, Daniel Artest, but the two are divided by loyalties.

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Artest, a 6-foot-5 power forward who has played in a number of leagues including the American Basketball Assn., is a die-hard Spurs fan.

“My brother’s not a friend right now,” said World Peace after the Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, clinched the playoff berth against the Spurs. “I’m not talking to him.”

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So the two will cut off all communication?

“Absolutely,” said World Peace.

Artest said he always pulls for his brother and the Lakers -- as long as they’re not playing the Spurs.

“We have the same birthday,” said World Peace who will turn 34 on Nov. 13; Artest will turn 31.

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The Lakers defeated the Spurs on Sunday, 91-86. San Antonio took their matchups in November and January.

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Watch Metta World Peace talk about San Antonio [Video]

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.


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