Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  28 responses

Metta World Peace: Mike Brown Relies on Stats Too Much

Over the weekend, Metta World Peace went public with his frustration regarding his playing time (or lack thereof), griping that head coach Mike Brown relies too much on statistics when determining who stays on the floor during the game’s most crucial moments. From CBS Sports: “I’m trying to win,’ World Peace said. ‘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 the 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. ‘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. Every game on the road is gonna be close,’ he said. ‘But I think they panic a little bit when the games get close. But me, Kobe, Pau, Fish, we expect the games to be close. We expect to pull them out, and we don’t panic. And coach, he panicked a little bit: ‘I need to make a change.’ So I just sit on the bench and wait and see what happens.’ [...] ‘I think he just has to get a better feel of the players,’ World Peace said of Brown. ‘Kobe, he’s got ice-cold blood in his veins. Fish is the same way. And you’ve just got to get used to your players when you’ve got two players with five rings. … We’re cold-blooded, and coach, he’s got to understand that about us. We could care less what happens the whole game. I could care less what happens throughout the whole season. What matters is that next possession and getting that win. So he doesn’t play me for the two games and in the fourth quarter they pull away.’ [...] ‘The real stat is the wins,’ World Peace said. ‘That’s the only stat that should count. If you win, that’s all that matters. If I’m 1 for 10 from the free-throw line, 3 for 15 from the 3-point line, 29 percent from field goal, no rebounds, no assists and we won, bam. It doesn’t matter because at the end of the game, I’m gonna get a big stop, I might hit a big shot. And then the player’s gonna take a stupid shot because I’m on him because he has no other choice but to take a dumb shot,’ W.P. said. ‘And we win the game and go home, have some oatmeal the next morning. It’s real simple, man. The coach, he’s got to get used to that.’”

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  • Detroit Dave

    Ron’s got a good point.

  • actionslackson

    aw man i can’t wait seeing them blaze out of the playoffs.

  • Jer Dawg

    He’s right though. We ought to have someone who is selfless and plays Defense and hustle. Kobe takes and misses horribly often, but we hate WP because he misses some shots. I agree with him on this.

  • dsleepy

    did he refer to himself as ‘ron artest’

  • Kadavour

    Ron has been playing such excellent defense this season. And it really isn’t reflected in the stats. I honestly think the Lakers should go stretches playing Kobe/Barnes/Artest/Pau/Andrew for defensive purposes. It would force Kobe to bring the ball down the court and set up the offense. The bigs would get better looks.

  • T-Money

    mwp may be a bit off in general but that perception is very real: players never fully trust, respect for that matter, coaches who haven’t played nba ball. phil jackson used to have a profound disdain for the van gundys because of that, he didn’t consider that they were part of the brotherhood. you can see it with spo too, when the going gets tough, players start speaking in codes about how “they see some things on the floor in the heat of the moment that the coach may have missed”.

  • T-Money

    kadavour: kobe always gets burned by point guards. he wants to get up on them and doesn’t have the lateral quickness anymore to cut off the angles.

  • EJ

    Who’s Ron? It’s Metta.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    mike brown’s rotations are so dumb…like he will have blake,fish,and kobe on the floor at the same time 4 stretches and bench Metta and Bynum(the best defenders)then doesn’t give Kapono or Mcroberts(who can actually hit open shots and strech the defense)any time at all and will play barnes,murphy,and goldretard like they are worthy!no wonder we have the worst producing bench in the league!i want the zen master back so bad!!!

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    Vintage Ron Ron right here… I feel where he is coming from though. He’s been in the trenches with these guys for a few years now. As a ball player, your feel for the game is as valuable as any other stat there is.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    So MWP doesn’t even refer to himself as MWP. Why change your name to MWP then?! I’m calling him Ron Artest from now on. I feel betrayed.

  • robb

    yeah Ron, Mike Brown is an idiot, we all know that.

  • chris

    so basically ron cant do anything offensively, but he’ll get a stop in a game that was closer than what it should be

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    It’s weird that Mike Brown is such a defense oriented coach but can’t seem to put his best defenders on the court. That guy was such a horrible hire. Jim Bus is the worst decision maker / owner in the league when it comes to hiring personnel.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    LOL at every Laker fan saying Brown was a great coach and Lebron was to blame for everything in Cleveland.
    How y’all liking those rotations and that improved offense, huh? huh?

  • robb

    ^^^^not even the stupidest people on Earth could have said that. Everybody knows Brown was COY and Mo was an allstar thanks to Lebron.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    a lot of people were defending the hire (all Lakers fans).

  • Kurino

    T-Money, I understand your perspective for Jeff Van Gundy, but Mike Brown DID play in the league, FYI

  • Dan

    thats mr world peace at his best – you cant expect any coach to play a guy in the fourth after he didnt commit to the game 3 querters b4. and then being so stupid to admit it publicly in an interview. wtf? i love this guy. allmost as good as his championship speech :D n mike brown IS a good coach. hes just in a job position where you can only lose

  • Will Edge

    No mike brown did not play in the nba actually he played 2yrs at a community college and than 2yrs at a D1 but was never drafted or picked up by any team he was a video coordinator and a scout for the denver nuggets stratight out of college. 20yrs later hes on his 2nd nba job lol

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    Kurino: Nope. He didn’t. Different Michael Brown dude.

  • Heals

    Change the “stats” to “stars” and I agree. He’s bailed out by great players doing great things as opposed to putting them in situations that increase the likelihood of their success…

  • Ldub

    @Dan…Ron never said he didnt commit to playing the first 3 quarters..what he is saying is…you need your best chemistry proven/defensive team in crunch time. Ron is not an offensive player and LA didnt get him to be. But he can frustrate the hell out of the opposition. Mike Brown is not that great of a coach. His decisions are often iffy and if he didnt have Lebron and Kobe…who would he be/where would he be? He has come in and taken one of the most fluent offenses and turned it into the Cavs all over again. Lakers defense was fine and is fine, the offense is what sucks. Everyone #s, except for KB’s reflects it.

  • KoBynum716

    Mike Brown was, is, and always will be, the worst coach in the league. I’d rather have Dwayne Casey.

  • gusisit

    im actually really surprised that they didnt give the job to brian shaw when the head coachingjob became available because he got kobe and shaq through a lot of things, and was part of the reason he got them through those rebuilding years after shaq left

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ‘And we win the game and go home, have some oatmeal the next morning. It’s real simple, man’ hahaah

  • Just Sayin

    Cosign hot fiyah that last sentence was too funny

  • Dan

    @Ldub: ok, fiar play. he didnt say that exactly, i just think that one can read that between the lines. im not hating anyway, i love that guy. and yes, he is still able to disturb an opposing scorers offense.
    the thing is just, that he often takes absurd shots and sometimes has problems with faster players on d. i can at least understand brown a bit when he plays barnes instead of ron in the crunch time.

    well, he is might not a great coach like jackson but he is solid. n i think any coach would struggle to take over the lakers, they cant keep the triangle offense forever n sooner or later theyll have to adjust to another system. n even offensive gurus have players with decreasing offensive numbers on their teams (d antoni anyone?). i think it also has to do alot with the loss of odom. the lakers would be a great team with a better bench.