I’m glad Metta World Peace is the starting power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers. I mean, can you imagine if he was the starting shooting guard? The PA announcer: at shooting guard from St. John’s University, Metta. World. Peace. It is as bizarre writing it as it is saying it. In a surprising move yesterday as reported by the LA Times, Lakers’ head coach, Mike Brown, revealed that Metta World Peace will get minutes behind Kobe Bryant at the shooting guard position.
Really, Mike Brown!? Do you really want to remain the head coach of the most popular franchise in all of professional sports or are you trying to sabotage yourself? I love Metta.
He is one of my favorite Lakers, but giving him any minutes at shooting guard is an accident waiting to happen. Yes, Metta (aka Ron-Ron) is in the best shape in recent memory. And yes, he scored 18 points Sunday night in L.A.’s first win of the season, but to play MWP at SG over Jodie Meeks is a head scratcher. Metta was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise terrible exhibition season as his offense was consistently good, but why waste him at shooting guard when he does so much at the power forward position?
Metta’s job is to defend the wing, make shots off of double teams, and shoot the rock when it’s available. Jodie Meeks was brought in to back up Kobe and hasn’t been given enough of an opportunity in game time situations to produce. Meeks is a jump shooter who can create his own shot
Metta is best when he is being Metta, not when he is being Kobe. When I read Metta will get minutes at shooting guard, I chuckled. No, I laughed OUT loud. This is crazy! Judging from where most shooting guards get the ball, I expect Metta will get the ball on the perimeter and back his way down into the paint… only to be called for a 5 second violation. Where do his shots come from? Will Metta come off of picks in the perimeter? Screens?
Mike Brown needs to give Meeks a chance. Allow him to come in, open up the spacing on the floor, and fire away. Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen Metta fire away, and many times over the years, it hasn’t been pretty. It’s time to play Meeks, build his confidence and let him contribute. This move is a disaster just waiting to happen, one that we can only hope Mike Brown realizes is avoidable.