Mike Brown plans to match up Devin Ebanks with Carmelo Anthony, for now
One of the consequences of bringing small forward Metta World Peace off the bench entails not having him available to defend the opposing team's best wing player to start the game.
But even with the Lakers hosting the New York Knicks and elite scorer Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday, Lakers Coach Mike Brown said he plans to match up starting small forward Devin Ebanks against him.
"I'll be a spectator just like you guys," Brown said. "We'll see what happens."
Brown doesn't plan to bring World Peace off the bench earlier than usual Tuesday just because the Lakers are facing Anthony, one of the NBA's leading scorers at 25 points a game and a tough defensive assignment because of his isolation mid-range game. But make no mistake, Brown seems eager to pull the trigger on replacing Ebanks early should things not work out. So much that he compared Ebanks to rookie Andrew Goudelock, who's been yanked multiple times after short stints when getting trigger happy from the perimeter.
"Ebanks is similar to Goudelock in the sense that Goudelock got the quick hook and you haven't seen him since," Brown said. "It can happen to Ebanks, too. He knows it. He's a young guy. He's played very well, but I have some veterans that have played well also. I'm a guy who if I feel you earned it, I'll give you a chance. How long that chance will last, it depends on how you play."
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Photo: Lakers Coach Mike Brown talks to forward Devin Ebanks during a break in the action against Chicago on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. Credit: Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty Images / December 25, 2011)