Metta World Peace Doesn’t Mind His DNP-CD Status

by January 14, 2012

Metta World Peace is known for causing controversy, so after he received a DNP-Coach’s Decision against the Cavaliers Friday night, it wouldn’t have been much of a surprise if he said something slightly ill-advised. But World Peace lived up to his new name, telling the OC Register that as long as the team is winning, he’s perfectly happy: “Metta World Peace has gone from starter to DNP–Coach’s Decision in a matter of 13 games and he’s not the least bothered by it. Not as long as the Lakers are winning. World Peace embraced his move from starting to sixth man in Mike Brown’s offense, when the season started. But his game has not come close to his first two seasons with the Lakers when he averaged 11.0 and 8.5 points and was a solid defender most nights. This season, World Peace has struggled to find his shot and his shooting 35 percent from the floor. An achy Achilles Tendon and back isn’t the only reason he failed to get off the bench in the Lakers’ 97-92 victory Friday against Cleveland. ‘I don’t have any issues … it’s not even an issue,’ World Peace said. ‘The issue is that we won. We won, so it doesn’t even matter. It’s one team that’s working on winning and that’s all that matters.'”