Byron Scott On Metta World Peace: ‘He’s Playing A Major Role For Us’

Before heading into the 2015-16 NBA season, a tough decision had to be made to finalize the roster. It came down to Jabari Brown and Metta World Peace for the Los Angeles Lakers with head coach Byron Scott admittedly saying it was a tough choice between the two players.

Ultimately, the Lakers went with World Peace, and it appears they’ve made the right decision. World Peace has played much better than anticipated in his return to Los Angeles and has started at small forward when Kobe Bryant is resting.

Coach Scott is already singing his praises claiming the veteran forward plays a significant role on his squad, via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

On Monday night, World Peace was in the starting lineup for a second time this season filling in for Kobe Bryant. The five-time NBA champion sat out to rest after playing a season-high 37 minutes in the win over the Detroit Pistons a day earlier.

World Peace played well once again as a starter in Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. The 36-year-old scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting to go along with four rebounds and an assist.

Although Brown did bring a certain dynamic to the Lakers as a scorer off the bench, World Peace has been a solid contributor on both ends of the basketball floor. World Peace’s defensive presence has been contagious at times while he’s also been efficient offensively in the starting lineup or the second unit.

World Peace and company will now have three days to get ready for Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors back home at the Staples Center. Los Angeles will be looking for only their second win on their home floor this season.

I’m going to the Raptors game… Iooking forward to seeing the future of the Lakers not our past.

  • The future has a lot to live up to because the past has been “great”.

    And from what we have witnessed thus far the future will have its hands full. Just as the Lakers are working hard to put together a good team so are about 28 other clubs.

    Times have changed. The difference is because the Lakers have been so successful many have been envious. That is why many in the media look for opportunities to trash the Lakers and enjoys seeing them down.

    Just look at how they are trying to make Huertas as the laughing stock of the NBA. And of course Kobe is always under the highest of scrutiny.
    Not everyone out there is a big Laker’s fan.

    And although I agree the Lakers have a few talented young players I personally don’t see the next Magic, Kareem, Baylor, West, Shaq,Kobe, or Chamberlain.

    And there are several teams that have a few studs of their own especially out West. And the Toronto Raptors present some very tough matchup problems. It sounds like you will get the chance to see that up close and personal. Enjoy the game.

    Go Lakers vets and youngsters !


  • MWP has been playing his heart out thus far. My hat off to the big fella!

  • He sure came out blazin hot to set the tone. This team has to figure out how to pace themselves to close out a game in the 4th quarter, especially on the road.

    We all know MWP has a lot of heart and fire.


  • MWP looks like he’s picking up right were he left off with the Lakers. He’s not the Ron Artest of old, he wasn’t with his first stint with the Lakers either, but he still has plenty left in the tank. Sad when the second oldest player on the team is the most active as well.

  • That will be a tough game even with a rested Kobe. They just have too much experience for our young guys just as Phoenix had the experience edge. Kyle Lowry, Compton High schools own Demar Derozen, Carroll, Valanciunas, Biyombo, cory Joseph, etc… We have to hope Lou Williams can give us a bit of insight on the best way to slow them down.

    We are at home and are 1 and 1 in our last two games with a 1 game home winning streak going…..? Hey I will definitely be pulling for the Lakers who I believe are much better than their 2-9 record.

    But we have to close games out in the 4th quarter.

    Go Lakers !


  • Lou said that raptors system is heavy ISO(this offseason when Lakers sign him), lots of 1 on 1 matchup, gotta stop their backcourt and demarre will guard Kobe

  • Not sure we can stop their back court. That is why I wanted Rondo. He can play both sides of the ball and has played against all of the elite guards in the league. Who do you think is our best defensive guard?


  • out of all the young Lakers i think Randle and Clarkson have at least a chance to become all stars.
    maybe even superstars like lebron or russell westbrook.
    can they do it? anyone can paytc.
    but will they do it is the only question and only time will tell buddy! 🙂

  • thing is were losing so winning and playing veterans is out the window now…..its too late.
    now we need to allow Kobe to rest and come back slow.
    we also need to bench MWP, lou williams, nick young too..
    play russell,clarkson,anthony brown ,nance jr and tariq black.
    these guys are our future and they aint gonna get better just sitting on the bench watching nick young and lou will.
    vets out rooks in…….
    playoffs are out the window now.
    we screwed up…………

  • hey buddy i think our playoff hopes and dreams are slipping right through our fingers as we speak…….
    if we keep losing all we can worry about is rookies.
    we gotta get over losing and learn to deal with it.
    the only thing that can save our season and byron scotts job.
    is developing these young guys and giving them ALOT more playing time……

  • i told people MWP will change the game.
    nobody ever listens man.
    but MWP alone cant make us win.
    and its sad to see the guys who are trying their best.
    you can see their expression and frustration when they talk to the cameras.
    but it is what it is ya know?
    were a young team and were still growing together.
    these are those growing pains everyone keeps talking about.
    i hope in 6 months we forget all about this and are on another topic.
    like dangelo and his progress and Randle too….
    both are rookies really.

  • best defensive guard right now IMHO is either JC(athletic and still young) or SwagP(been doin good lately)…nevertheless Id like it if MWP or nance jr can guard Lowry and Derozan, but doubt it since they are better used to guard forwards like lbj,kd,pg13,etc

  • There is a big part of the problem because if JC and Swaggy P neither of whom I consider to be elite defenders the chances of slowing down elite guards in this league are slim. And we just don’t have the offensive fire power to out score the better teams in the league.

    So the only chance based on what we have is a lot of team defense. And a lot of hustle. We have to get every loose ball and win the battle on the glass on both sides of the ball. And we have to hope we shoot a decent percentage as a team.

    Then should we be within reasonable striking distance in the 4th quarter (hopefully we even have the lead) we do not play the disappearing act down the stretch.

    Go Lakers !


  • Well Jordan Clarkson has been playing pretty well but is hardly an elite defender. So we have to use better team defense. And out hustle them for every loose ball, rebound, jump passes etc….

    Take a few chances early in hopes to set the tone that we came to play

    And of course stop dis appearing in the 4th quarter of each game.


  • I dis agree. We have to continue to be real with ourselves. First we have to accept the fact that unlike most teams in the league the Lakers have 5 different starters than they did a season ago. Not to mention several new faces on the bench. So figuring the best starting lineups and rotations was task number one. I think it took Byron about 5 games longer than it should have to figure those things out and it still needs a week or two IMO.

    Next we have to realize there will be some growing pains with so many players who have never played together before. Not to mention we are trying to do some on the job training with our young players and still present a respectable product which can be a task when your still building trust and team chemistry.

    So the early struggles are to be expected. Obvoiusly we should and could have won 3 or 4 of the games we loss thus far. And we are not as bad as our 2-9 record IMO.

    Finally we have to take on a pro bowl defensive backs mind set. We can’t linger on the last play or the last game. Our focus needs to be on the fact that we are 1 and 1 in our last two games. We have a home win streak going of one win that we need to try to build on.

    We have to find a way to win some of the games we are suppose to lose to make of for losing some of the games we were suppose to win. Effort, Effort, Effort, Effort……….

    We have to have a chip on our shoulders so large we look like the hunchback of Norte dame.

    Will it be easy? No ! But should we ever just throw a towel in 11 games into a season with 71 games remaining? The world is really in need of the book “Win Anyway”

    Go Lakers !


  • Metta is my favorite Laker. Still, why are we letting this faded star of yester-year eat up minutes that need to go into Nance, Randle or Brown’s development? Why are we letting Randle flounder, game after game, like we are?

    Why does anyone think we can run the BS modified-HorsePoop offense with two certified non-shooters like Kobe and Randle in the corners and expect it to work? No one fears Kobe or Randle from the corner, do they? So poor Russell has to dribble into the teeth of a packed-paint defense game after game. A lot more of the crap Russell has to eat from the fans is due to Kobe and Randle’s failures than anything else you can think of.

    How are you doing, Romain?

  • I would disagree with your call on Young. Nick does a good job at the 3. Letting Nance and Brown develop off the bench is not entirely a bad thing. We ought to be doing that with Randle, too, and letting these young guys cut their teeth against the other team’s scrubs.

  • Kelly or Nance needs to be playing and let Randle develop a little more, too. I think the pressure has frozen him in time.

  • Perhaps so but with young players it’s hard to say. Many times they will appear to take 3 steps backwards right before they make a giant leap forward. Because they are often times either processing it all in or learning lessons the hard way by being taken to school by savvy veteran players. I think you develop each player at a pace that fits their skill and maturity. You don’t just throw them all in the fire or pool to sink, burn or swim IMO.

    Where I definitely agree with you is that the young players should not all just be rushed into the mix. Some will do fine that way and others will not.

    I also agree Nance Jr. should be given more responsibility.

    Kelly I’m not quite as sold on because I don’t think he has the all
    around skill to cause problems on both offense and defense as Nance does because of his defense, length, and athletic ability. Kelly could probably score and rebound well though. His size may even block or alter a few shots too.

    And Kelly probably would not be quite as inconsistant as Randle because he has a bit more experience.

    Kelly looked great in the preseason but once things got real he struggled IMO. Players that can play physical and tough defense is what the Lakers need most because they don’t have enough fire power to consistently win shoot outs with most teams in the NBA IMO.


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