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World Peace Fine With Bench Role

Many Los Angeles Lakers players were surprised by Mike D'Antoni's decision to bring Metta World Peace off the bench on Tuesday against the Charlotte Bobcats, but World Peace is willing to do whatever it takes to benefit the team.

"I just want to win, that's our focus," World Peace said. "I can't speak for other players, but it's all about us winning. That's our whole purpose."

The move will allow World Peace to play more power forward.

"I'm stronger than most power forwards in the NBA, so it doesn't really matter," World Peace said. "There's only a couple of power forwards that are, 'All right, he's a real power forward. He's really strong.'"

Still, D'Antoni doesn't believe World Peace's bench role is a permanent thing -- such as the next time the Lakers face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 11.

"There will be certain matchups where he has to start for example, with Kevin Durant, so there will be times that he starts," the coach said.

Via Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

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