The addition of Metta World Peace was supposed to translate to larger, more formidable defensive presence for the New York Knicks, a team in need of a stopper if they want to make a deeper run in the postseason.
And Metta is just fine with that.
World Peace knows he’s going to be relied on to defend some of the NBA’s marquee scorers. He’s fine with coming off of the bench. But in addition to that, he’d like to have a greater offensive role with the Knicks, according to Bleacher Report.
“With me, it’s pretty simple. When I left Houston (in 2009), I was averaged (17.1) points. The year I got to LA, I was averaging 11 points. I won a championship, which I was happy about, and the next year I averaging (more than eight) and then (more than) 12. I was playing with a great team and I deferred and sacrificed,” he said.
“I’m still going to defer and sacrifice, but I think I might have more of a breakout season. People forgot that before I got to LA, I was a 20-point scorer a night. I’ll remind people.”
World Peace is 33 years old and will turn 34 in mid-November. With the Knicks, he’ll be coming off of the bench and have to share the rock with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani, all of whom take their fair share of shots when they’re on the court.
Sam SpiegelmanIf World Peace can contribute on that side of the ball, then why not? He won’t be a first, second or third option, but he can provide some long-range shooting, as well as finish around the rim. Also, he’s another option for ‘Melo to defer to in fast-break situations. And if World Peace can provide consistent offense, it may just take some pressure off of Anthony.
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