Metta World Peace was one of the early winners of Coach Mike D'Antoni's system.
He looked like he was 33 years young, averaging 14.2 points in December for the Lakers, seemingly saved from back-to-back seasons of slogging on offense.
But he has been in a shooting slump for the better part of a month, failing to make more than half his shots in a game since Jan. 8 (nine of 14 against Houston).
His three-point shot has failed him, which is bad for the Lakers. They need him.
"That's a big missing part right now," D'Antoni said. "It's not from lack of effort or trying. I'm sure he doesn't want to miss shots. He's just been going through a slump and hopefully he'll get out of that quickly."
It didn't happen Friday.
World Peace missed nine of 14 shots, including four from three-point range, in the Lakers' 100-93 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
He shot only 38.5% in January and was off to a ragged start this month, averaging 7.5 points on 26.1% shooting though four games.
In his last six games, World Peace has made six of 35 three-point attempts (17.1%).
"The threes haven't been [falling]," he said. "That's accurate. They're not. But one day they will."
D'Antoni has noticed World Peace hesitating outside the arc, turning an open shot into a difficult one with a hand in the face.
Metta World Peace stays in shooting slump
Los Angeles Times | Feb 9