As reported by Matt Moore of ProBasketballTalk.com, Metta World Peace believes that the numbers at hand are mis-leading and that Coach Brown is relying too heavily on them to make his decisions about playing time:
- 4.7 points per game
- 2.6 rebounds per game
- 1.8 assists per game
- 0.7 steals per game
- 32.7% Field Goal Percentage
- 19.0% Three Point Percentage
- 51.4% Free Throw Percentage
- 22:23 Minutes per game
What brought upon these thoughts were World Peace’s comparisons of the Utah/Philly losses when World Peace was on the bench vs. the win in Boston, where Metta was on the court to close out the fourth.
A lot of us have been watching Ron Artest and I think it’s safe to say that we all cringe when he’s on the offensive side of the ball, chucking up three point shots and even as he approaches the rim on fast break 1 on 0 layups. I think it would also be safe to say that Metta doesn’t really care about what he does on the offensive side of ball at this point of his career and that his gripe right now is that he feels he’s a tremendous defensive asset during the 4th quarter, so that should outweigh his offensive deficiencies.
When Phil Jackson was here, that’s why I was in the game, because he understands that. Philly and Utah, I was on the bench because of stats.
My main concern isn’t really the gripe about playing time. It’s more about airing these thoughts out to the press and creating an awkward locker room situation for a new coach, who is trying to implement a new system while only getting a few days of practice in this lockout shortened season.
With the upcoming All-Star break around the corner, I hope that Metta and Coach Brown can come to a peaceful solution.
What do you think?
Should Metta be playing in the 4th quarter of close games?
Does his top-notch defense outweigh the liability he brings on offense?