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On twitter Metta World Peace handles amnesty news like Metta World Peace

Jul 8, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

The Lakers are going to use their amnesty clause on Metta World Peace, the latest of what will be a number of changes for this franchise in the next year.

How did Metta World Peace handle the news? On twitter, pretty much like Metta World Peace. That was classic.

By the way, Kobe was not thrilled.

(Kobe says the Lakers are still deciding, and that is the official word, but don’t expect them to change their minds.)

  1. dyn0myte - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Keep the Peace

    Amnesty the Buss (the foolish one, not the pretty one)

    • apkyletexas - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      They should just ask Phil to take over control of the team. This thing is going to turn into a disaster of San Diego Clippers proportions.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      Thumbs up to Ron, could he get a run with Knickerbockers?

    • annapterp - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      There’s a pretty one?

  2. loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I like Kobe giving props to MWP for his help on the 2010 Title. we will miss you MWP! good luck wherever you go.

  3. blue18hutthutt - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Not a Laker fan but love MWP and the energy / passion (and elbows) he brings to the court. He deserves to stay a Laker and is still playing at a high level. It’s the team around him that’s garbage

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Yeah when, not in the stand punching fans, he’s actually a pretty nice guy

    • mydoghasfleez - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      You love the elbows he brings to the court?
      You are a bozo.

  4. philly4lyfe - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    he’d like to thank his psychiatrist.

  5. sportsnut101 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Kobe guess ur wife divorcing u u not winning rings anymore

  6. daubs17 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    nice name retard

  7. rodericksilva - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Bring him back for the mid $3.2M.

    • somekat - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      You can’t sign a guy you used an amnesty on

      • lakerdownunder - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:18 AM

        What’s with idiots who give people thumbs down for stating facts.

  8. adoombray - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    MWP is still draining miraculous 3 pointers on Suns fans in our nightmares. I spent that 2010 series out in LA in full Suns swag at Laker bars in Long Beach / San Pedro. Just amazing basketball where I somehow didn’t get jumped in the parking lot on the way out mostly because it was apparent I was already broken. That guy never got enough credit for how important he was to that team (Lamar Odom neither). I would like to thank my psychiatrist for helping me respect him.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      Much respect to you, Suns fan.^

    • davidly - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      Damn straight. Integral is all you can say about the hoops artist formerly known as Artest. MWP was the MVP of that title run, and I would say the finals.

      (Of course, my assessments should be taken with a grain o’ somethin’ – ’cause I penned a lengthy paean to Odom the following season (his 6th man award) and why I felt he was the NBA’s reg-season MVP, which I still believe, but that’s another story.)

  9. jimsjam33 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Bryant should have been amnestied !

    • whodatnhollywood - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      I agree, not 100%, but 1000%! If the Lakers really want to save money, Kobe should have been the one amnestied! He will likely miss half, if not most of the season. Plus it’s time to dial 1-800-MOVE-FORWARD and get younger at that position.

      Why is he the golden child, totally untouchable~even at 35? Other star athletes move to other teams, why not him? I appreciate his service, but they keep acting like Kobe is 25, when he’s closer to 40 than 25. The Lakers are doing like the Boston Celtics a decade ago~holding on to their stars too long, watching the entire team get old as Methuselah. Kudos to Boston this year for trading KG and Paul Pierce. They were determined not to be in that predicament again.

      Kobe is making $30 this year and if he re-signs, the Lakers will be dumb enough to give him another 3-year $90 million contract at 36, further strangling their salary cap! It’s time to stop paying him for the past. He already go paid for that! They’re not sending Shaq, Horry or any of the other past championship players NBA welfare checks. Well, it’s time to cut Kobe off too!

      I believe the real undoing with Dwight was when Kobe said he’d like to play 3 or 4 more years. If I’m Dwight, there’s NO WAY I want to be there for those years. NO WAY! And he proved it by renouncing $30 million! I admire dude for that move.

      Fans criticized Dwight, but if only they knew the real deal behind the scenes with Kobe and the Lakers, especially their inept management and coaching. So, I am not mad at dude for bouncing to Houston. I agree and would have done the same thing.

      Finally, I am counting down the years until Kobe retires or is no longer a Laker. It’s time to get back to “team” basketball, like the Heat, Spurs, etc.

      • mydoghasfleez - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Good analysis. Good post.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        the Lakers reached the Finals 7 times during his tenure so far…

        Kobe rakes in more money for the Lakers than what his salary is. remember that the NBA is a business as well. the Lakers make tons of money off Kobe. not sure if you knew that or not.

        i’m sure Kobe will take a severe pay cut after this year. he knows it…everybody knows it.

      • louderthanwords1 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        @whodatnhollywood
        Dwight didn’t really give up 30 million. Outside of the fact that he is now in Texas so he will save money on taxes he was never going to play out the 5th yr on that deal. It would have been an option year that Dwight would have opted out of to set himself up for another big pay day. That being said Howard made the smart basketball and financial decision. As for everything else you said about Kobe loungefly summed it all up well.

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Aww this pain hurts so bad. MWP/Artest, thank you big homie for everything you contributed to LA and our Lakers organization. You will be GREATLY missed. Thank you for our last Championship. Best of luck playa. Sign a one year deal with a contender and see if you can come back to us!

  11. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Hopefully HOU makes an offer. My whole life I’ve only rooted for 2 teams. Lakers, and Rockets on the side (born in HOU, family from LA and raised in So.Cal from age 6 on up).

    Or even MIA or CHI or OKC. He deserves another ring. One of my all-time favorite Laker AND player in general. I’m really hating life at this moment.

  12. minnesotablizzard - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Timberwolves new starting SF

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      He’s not white enough.

  13. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Maybe we can pick up Stephen Jackson. We could use him. Woulda LOVED to pair him with MWP, but hopefully we give him a look-see.

    • stoutfiles - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      We? Do you play or work for the Lakers?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        YES

      • loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        yep.

        next…

  14. watermelon1 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    CBA casualty? More like greedy players not wanting to get paid for current production casualty.

  15. chichi78 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Not that Kobe doesn’t deserve his crazy salary, because he does, but it is hard for him to talk about fielding a winner when his salary is so prohibitive toward winning. It is simple math really. Maybe Cuban was right, and amnestying Kobe is the way too go.

  16. rodericksilva - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Why doesn’t Cuban amnesty Dirk?

    • bucrightoff - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Because the Mavs aren’t in cap hell like the Lakers. In fact unlike the Lakers they have tons of cap space. Laker fans don’t want to hear it but amnestying Kobe and tanking next season is the quickest way back to the top. Otherwise it could be a while before the Lakers are contending for anything besides 2nd best team in LA.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        If the Lakers are interested in losing money next year, then amnestying Kobe is probably the best idea, yes. Kobe makes a lot, but the amount he makes the Lakers pales that in comparison. A conservative guess would say he’s worth about $75 million to the Lakers.

      • bucrightoff - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        And thats the hard part about sports isn’t it? The winning versus making money part. Cause I agree whole heartedly Kobe means a lot financially to the Lakers. But they aren’t close to contending and a top 5 pick in the most loaded draft in recent history would help the Lakers in the basketball sense immensely

        And hows this for crazy? Assuming they do keep the pick next year, this will be the Lakers only first round selection between 2008 and 2016 (they drafted Tony Douglas but traded him instantly). Part of that is always trading picks for help now, but that sort of explains why they have no depth in the slightest.

      • mogogo1 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Feel free to breakdown where that $75 million comes from whenever you have the time. But if your “conservative” estimate is correct, did the Lakers ever make a killer deal in only paying him around $30 million per year. Makes you wonder why they even care about the luxury tax if they can make out that well on Kobe.

    • realdonnymac - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      They’re garbage. They need Dirk to at least be mediocre.

  17. dyn0myte - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Another shrewd decision
    by the man I like to call
    Mini Van

    (because he will never grow up to be a Buss like his father)

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      THAT……was funny

  18. dezglobal - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    He should sign w the Pacers again

  19. trublazer - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I’m calling a foul on Kobe.. excessive use of hash tags!!!!!

  20. trollaikman8 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    His presence needs to be replaced. Someone get Steven Jackson on the phone. Well, payphone.

  21. annapterp - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Metta World Peace….hahahahahahahaha. Ron Artest is his name. Metta World Peace..hahahaha..what a goof!

  22. miguel3557 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    I’d prefer that no team pick up this thug. His climbing into the stands and punching out fans in Detroit’s Palace was the ugliest, most violent episode I have ever witnessed in sports, much worse than Kermit Washington’s sucker-punch of Rudy Tomjanovich in 1977. Artest is a mediocre player whose elbows are his most prominent feature. From hearing him speak, it’s clear that he’s crazy and stupid, a bad combo with someone who relishes violence as much as he does. I don’t know what Metta means, but “world peace” is an oxymoron when considering the on-court and off-court conduct of Ron Artest.

  23. ddmcd1974 - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I don’t get how people say they love Artest. The guy clubbed fans in the stands. Not at a bar. Besides that he is nothing more than an average player. Intensity yeah great, still average. As or Kobe and the Lakers they wouldn’t stand a chance against the Heat and Thunder of today. They won because the league was way down just 5-6 years ago. Shawn Kemp and Vin were league leaders. Think about that. That’s how pathetic I was.

  24. thekumbaman - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    dont do it Lakers! you will regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Clayton Bigsby - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    MWP…You will be missed. Kobe is spot on..
    we dont win game 7 without him…

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