Lakers To Bring World Peace Off the Bench

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 6 years ago '11        #1
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Lakers To Bring World Peace Off the Bench
 

 

New Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown has decided to use Metta World Peace, the starting small forward during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, as a reserve.

"I'm probably gonna bring him off the bench," acknowledged Brown.

Considering how World Peace is coming off a 2011 season disappointing enough to prompt some NBA analysts to wonder if the Lakers might use the new CBA's amnesty provision on him, the natural inclination would be to frame this decision as a demotion. But according to the coach and player, who've discussed the matter, it's actually a matter of strengthening the second unit while increasing World Peace's opportunities.


"I think we need to bolster our bench," said Brown. "I think we need to (be) able to have certain guys we can play through and I think at times, we can play through (World Peace). Not only that, my opinion is if he's with the starting group, there's one basketball. I got three guys (Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum) that need touches. I got three guys in that starting unit that are post-up guys. With my second unit, (World Peace) will be one of my main guys. He'll be one of my main post up guys."

Brown also likes the idea of the reserves taking cues from World Peace.

"He, in his own uncanny way, is a leader," explained Brown. "If that same group's not doing well at times, I'm gonna get on (World Peace), because he wants the responsibility of leading that group."

"I think he wants to accept that challenge," Brown added.

For his part, World Peace, who actually predicted during the offseason Brown might play him off the bench, said he's looking forward to the new role.

"It's going to be good," insisted World Peace. "I get a chance to come in and have some more responsibility, which I've had my whole career. So, it's going to put the other team off-balance because when Kobe, Pau and Bynum are out, you still got to double-team me on the block. You can't leave me open. So, at all times on the floor there's going to be a threat. You can't leave me on the block by myself, you can't.

"I just think it's going to give me a chance, really, to help the team first. That's what's most important."

As for who will start at small forward, Brown presented the situation as an open race among the remaining small forwards on the roster.

"I might start Matt (Barnes). I might start Luke (Walton). I might start (Devin) Ebanks. I think those three guys are competing for a spot," he said.

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 6 years ago '10        #2
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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they should keep his old a.ss in the locker room
 6 years ago '07        #3
Bkjj11 3746 heat pts3746
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world peace
 6 years ago '06        #4
Poloboy69 
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They should cut him
 6 years ago '07        #5
Rob De Niro 120 heat pts120
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start luke walton????
 12-15-2011, 06:44 PM         #6
Jackson High 
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Start Matt Barnes?

lol....time for Lakers fans to just waive the white flag & wait until next year.

Wow.
 6 years ago '09        #7
TriniSoldier 69 heat pts69
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n*gga said you gonna have to double me
 6 years ago '11        #8
Kingpin 313 104 heat pts104
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I guess this is lakers take L's Month
 6 years ago '10        #9
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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does mike brown realize he doesn't have lebron anymore............
 6 years ago '07        #10
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 Jackson High said:
Start Matt Barnes?

lol....time for Lakers fans to just waive the white flag & wait until next year.

Wow.
cuz you know how the season is gonna turn out right?

 6 years ago '11        #11
chenkcity 7 heat pts OP
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 ChiCity Fingaz said:
Devin Ebanks
what you talkin about willis? you just considered rip hamilton and upgrade at the 2 guard
 12-15-2011, 06:51 PM         #12
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 KeepinItTrill said:
cuz you know how the season is gonna turn out right?

lol you see I love this. You're showing signs of life & sticking by your team, you deserve the medal of honor for that... But I'm sorry starting any one of those players is just
 6 years ago '11        #13
chenkcity 7 heat pts OP
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 Jackson High said:
lol you see I love this. You're showing signs of life & sticking by your team, you deserve the medal of honor for that... But I'm sorry starting any one of those players is just
not really

the bulls are starting rip hamilton, the heat start joel anthony, the mavs are planning on starting vince fu*kin carter, the knicks are starting mike bibby.

about every contender has a weak spot in their line up. thats why there called role players son.
 6 years ago '07        #14
KeepinItTrill 33 heat pts33
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 Jackson High said:
lol you see I love this. You're showing signs of life & sticking by your team, you deserve the medal of honor for that... But I'm sorry starting any one of those players is just
let the sh*t play out before you start clownin'
 6 years ago '09        #15
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"I might start Matt (Barnes). I might start Luke (Walton). I might start (Devin) Ebanks. I think those three guys are competing for a spot," he said.




 6 years ago '09        #16
ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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LOL anyone but Luke Walton
 6 years ago '04        #17
A.G 27 heat pts27
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Ebanks is nice..
 6 years ago '06        #18
Rique 65 heat pts65
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change ya name n go missing like chad johnson
 6 years ago '04        #19
wheezyfbaby 9 heat pts
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 akademiks said:
Ebanks is nice..
I concur.
 6 years ago '04        #20
DPGUNIT 1 heat pts
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Get this n*gga thee fu*k outta here man ARE YOU FOR SERIOUS SON??!?!?!?!?!?! YOU MIGHT START LUKE??????











































LUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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