The NBA Champion’s Son Has Been Cut From The Miami Heat’s G League Roster.
Last month, the Miami Heat signed 14 players to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, completing their G League roster for camp. Only 12 of those players, though, would make the final cut.
While there was a lot of excitement when the Skyforce announced that Ron Artest III and Alonzo “Trey” Mourning, the sons of former NBA champions Metta World Peace and Alonzo Mourning, would be joining training camp, only one made the G League’s official roster.
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Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel tweeted, “Ron Artest III did not make cut for final 12-player Skyforce roster,” a harsh blow for the 22-year-old, 6-foot-7 big.
Last year, Artest, or “RonRon,” as his father refers to him, spoke with Sports Illustrated about growing up with a father who played in the NBA for 17 years.
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“Right after a game, while people were still leaving and families were waiting, he’d be ready to work out, and we’d have a serious exercise going on on the court,” Artest joked. “He has a lot of energy. It’s excellent. It appeals to me.”
While the identity of the other player cut was not immediately revealed, all four of the Heat’s Exhibit 10 players from the preseason, Micah Potter, Javonte Smart, D.J. Stewart, and Dru Smith, were included in the Skyforce’s final roster. Other confirmed players include Brandon Knight, Michael Smith, and Trey Mourning.
After pushing Caron Butler into the stands, Artest’s father got physical with Pat Riley.
Pat Riley, who was coaching the Heat at the time, had a physical incident with Artest’s father, who was playing for the Indiana Pacers at the time.
Metta World Peace shoved Heat assistant coach Caron Butler into the seats before getting into a heated altercation with Riley courtside. The Pacers’ star got violent with Riley during the brawl.
According to SportsCasting.com, Artest’s father received a four-game suspension without pay for the incident, which cost him $84,000.
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