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Metta World Peace to the rescue? Not quite yet, Lakers' Byron Scott says

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers' defense has been atrocious through two games, ranking 29th out of 30 teams in defensive efficiency.

They also gave up 132 points in a humiliating 18-point loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Perhaps the Lakers should give (Metta) World Peace a chance?

The 35-year-old forward -- formerly Ron Artest -- and 2003-04 NBA Defensive Player of the Year has been inactive through the team's first two games.

And, sure, World Peace isn't what he used to be, but given how the Lakers' defense has looked so far...

"Probably later on," Scott said after the team's practice at their facility here Saturday.

Which means?

"Later on means that I’m not going to panic after two games and all of the sudden change everything that we’ve been doing," Scott said. "We’ve just got to do it better and it’s something that we’ve been working on for a little over a month. We’re going to stick to it. Our philosophy is still the same. We’re going to keep pounding it into guys’ heads. Sooner or later, they’ll get it. If not, then I will make changes."

Scott also said that World Peace will be active soon.

"I’m going to change that every four, five, six games," he said. "It’s not going to be the same two guys on [the inactive list] for the whole year."