Metta World Peace will start to get some serious minutes in the near future. Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown announced on Tuesday, that the small forward will be the new primary backup shooting guard for Kobe Bryant.
Brown told the Los Angeles Times:
“That’s going to be my second unit,” said Brown. “Metta will be the two, [Antawn] Jamison is the three, [Jordan] Hill is the four and [Dwight] Howard or Pau [Gasol] is going to be the five.”
Brown explains that:
“I’ve got to give my bench a chance, because right now I really haven’t. I’ve been messing around with it too much trying to search for combinations,” said Brown. “Now that I’ve found a combination that I think I want to roll with it a little bit, let’s give them a chance to see how they play before making another change.”
This lineup proved successful against the Detroit Pistons and the Lakers were able to pick up their first victory of the season.
This group that will make up the second unit, with Darius Morris in place of Jamison, extended the Lakers’ lead from 18 to 21 against the Pistons in about three minutes.
Brown fails to account for Jodie Meeks, so it doesn’t look like he will see much court time anytime in the near future. Additionally, one must point out that Morris has earned his place on the second unit and that the Lakers should consider him to be more of an asset.
As Bryant still averages 36 minutes per game, it doesn’t really seem that a new backup shooting guard will give the team with more success.