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Metta World Peace: Mike Brown Too Worried About Stats, Doesn’t Have Feel for Players

by Robert Littal | Posted on Sunday, February 12th, 2012
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Metta World Peace just dropped an atomic bomb on Lakers head coach Mike Brown.

Even though this isn’t the first time I have heard this, it isn’t something that you should take to the media.  Here is what he had to say.

“I’m trying to win,” World Peace told CBSSports.com. “And right now, coach is a stats guy. His background is video coordinator or whatever. So he’s all stats. But Ron Artest is all feel. He doesn’t understand that. Having me in (Thursday night’s Celtics) game at the end, he was worried about me shooting bad from the free throw line. And I was like, ‘I could care less because I’m gonna get a stop at the end of the game.’ He didn’t understand the rhythm that we had—me, Fish (Derek Fisher), Kobe (Bryant), Pau (Gasol) and Drew (Andrew Bynum). I’ve been through games where I would have two points, go 1 for 9 and we’d win. That’s what matters. Stats are for people who need stats.”

“If I could count how many times another team went away from the best player when I was on him, I’ve got to be like No. 1 in the league,” World Peace said, per CBS Sports. “That’s not a stat, and coach doesn’t … you would have to play basketball to feel that. 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. … I think he just has to get a better feel of the players.”
I get what Peace is saying, but considering he is so bad offensively and the Lakers can’t score, I also understand Mike Brown’s position.  Brown has to nip this type of stuff in the bud.
Because the one thing that can’t happen is for the Lakers players to lose respect for him.
Brown already has to deal with Kobe Bryant, he can’t afford to have other players saying he doesn’t know how to coach.  He needs to fine or even suspend Metta World Peace to send a message this won’t be tolerated.
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