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Report: World Peace to start for Knicks, Bargnani to come off bench

Oct 29, 2013, 7:03 PM EST

Metta World Peace AP

Officially, Mike Woodson says he will not detail his starting lineup until Wednesday, not long before his New York Knicks tip off the season at home hosting the Milwaukee Bucks.

However, Carmelo Anthony all but directly said that Metta World Peace will get the start and Andrea Bargnani will come off the bench, reports the New York Post.

“I didn’t expect it, we didn’t expect it,’’ Anthony said. “That’s what he’s going with. I think guys are ready for the move. Everyone seems on board with that. Whatever position we have to play, we have to go out and do it.’’

This makes a lot of sense, Anthony thrived as a power forward for the Knicks last year, able to take bigger defenders out on the wing and back down smaller ones. He had a PER of 24.8 at the four, 21.8 at the three. World Peace is a natural three and also brings a lot more defense to the starting lineup than Bargnani.

Woodson tried to make a big lineup of Anthony, Bargnani and Tyson Chandler work, but in the end seems to have wisely gone back to Anthony at the four. Bargnani struggled with his shot his last couple years in Toronto, shot 20 percent from three in the preseason. If he’s a stretch four who can’t stretch the floor, he’s not helping much.

So Anthony at the four it is. Not that he cares.

“It really doesn’t matter to me,’’ Anthony said of playing the 3 or 4. “I’ve been successful in this league at the 3. Last year, I was successful at the 4. Whatever adjustments I have to make, I have to make. I’m willing to do that.’’

  1. orlandochamps - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Kobe send Artest to convince Melo to join the Lakers next year. Melo and Ron Ron are both gonna be in purple and gold 2014.

    • rconerly13 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      You guys are funny if you think Melo would go to the Lakers with a declining Kobe. One, the team is better without Kobe now, secondly, Melo would not want to play with Kobe. He’s not exactly like LeBron, he’s the man, all he wants is a strong supporting cast. We just need Amare to retire so we could use that money to re-load.

  2. knicksin6 - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    U need to give up your medical marijuana card dude

  3. jzone954 - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Aaah. Another year of hearing from Canton Bound? And Mr Wright……welcome
    Back fellas. #HEATLES

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Drop dead, haters.

  4. 00maltliquor - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    That’s right Knicks! Go Metta!!!

  5. sportsfan18 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    Hey Melo… if you’re willing to make whatever adjustments you have to make…

    Please adjust to playing defense…

    And to making more of your shots…

  6. saint1997 - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Yeh with Shump, MWP, Felton and Tyson that’s good basis for defensive strength and just shooters around Melo

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