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Mike D’Antoni agrees with Kobe in not wanting Metta World Peace amnestied

Jul 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni

Kobe Bryant has already gone on record saying he didn’t want the Lakers to amnesty Metta World Peace. In that sentiment, at least, Kobe and Mike D’Antoni are on the same page.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said today the decision to amnesty Metta World Peace was purely financial and he wanted to keep the defensive small forward from Queensbridge.

“Obviously it’s a byproduct of the CBA,’’ D’Antoni told The Post today at the Las Vegas summer league at UNLV. “As a person and player, I couldn’t find anyone better. He’s great. I enjoyed coaching him. I hope he finds something great. He deserves it. It’s not the coaches. It’s management. They have to manage the cap.’’

The Lakers amnestied World Peace to save money. Kobe and D’Antoni aren’t interested in saving the Lakers money. They’re interested in winning games, and World Peace would have helped them do that.Though World Peace is declining, maybe to the point he’s no longer a reliable starter, it’s unlikely the minimum-salaried player the Lakers sign to replace him will play as well next season as World Peace would have.Of course, that doesn’t mean the Buss Family was wrong to amnesty World Peace. His salary, plus the resulting luxury-tax bill, likely would have cost them around $12.3 million. That’s a lot of many to pay a marginal starter on a so-so team.Really, this issue is just a matter of perspective, and the Kobe/D’Antoni have are coming from a very different one than the Buss Family. From the outside, that’s understandable and reasonable.But if the Lakers falter this season, which would undoubtedly lead to internal tension and sniping,  there’s a distinct possibility Kobe and/or D’Antoni will cite the amnesty of World Peace to show ownership isn’t committed to winning. In that regard, it’s important for Kobe and D’Antoni to stake out their positions now and get ahead of the argument when it comes to the strife that could be coming.

  1. miamatt - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    What a mess. The coach and best player on the team want no part of a tank-it season, but that is Jim Buss’s plan. I get the feeling that 1) Kobe’s twitter account is going to be gold for the next year and 2) Mitch Kupchack is going to have to sit through a lot of uncomfortable press conferences answering for decisions Buss Jr. made.

    • spursareold - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      If LA were really in full on tank-it mode, they would have amnestied Gasol instead, and saved a LOT more money, and been a LOT worse team.

  2. bowmanj35 - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    really its about a barely adequate ARTEST for 12 mil or a barely adequate younger free agent with upside for 3mil and change. I don’t care who you are nearly 9 mil is a ton of cash.

  3. stayhigh_247 - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I hate the new cba

    • anhdazman - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      You didn’t hate it when the Lakers went all out for Howard and Nash. Or paying big money for Pau or MWP. While 3 out of the 4 mentioned are way past their prime.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:53 AM

        stayhigh’s not even a Laker fan. And you don’t have to be, the new CBA is GARBAGE.

  4. dezglobal - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I would’ve done the same thing.. Over $30 million in taxes last season to be swept in the first round as the 8th spot.. Change is important for any business to grow.

    • money2long - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM


  5. tbutler704 - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    What are they, running for office? Kobe has a good year or two left and MDA could get fired at any point.

    I don’t blame the Lakers not paying luxury taxes. They’ll win 40-something games at best and be out the playoffs or not even make the tournament whether MWP was there or not.

  6. toycannoni - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    face it faker fans….something had to be done about the lakers paying top dollar to 4 or 5 hall of famers every year
    the fakers make 200 mill a year in profits….so unfair to the small market teams in the nba…
    if kobe wanted artest to stay, he should lower his 30 mill payday like lebron did in miami….long gone are the days of steinbrenner, al davis, and buss paying out millions to top notch talent and winning every year…
    parity and real management of the cap has finally entered the nba, just like it did the nfl and mlb
    kobe gets more credit for rings than anyone in history, when in all reality he was just a sidekick on 4 of his 5 rings
    lakers are cooked

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      For the record, Kobe could not restructure his contract once it was signed. That is not allowed in the NBA.

  7. MyTeamsAllStink - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    when did the Lakers turn into Al Davis’s Oakland Raiders?An owner doing as he pleases players and fans be damned and dissension among the players and star players leaving while the Lakers get nothing of value in return….

    • conjecture101 - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Al Davis was loyal to his players; he would not have pulled a stunt like this.

      • halhiker - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Yeah, Al was real loyal. Just ask Marcus Aen.

      • MyTeamsAllStink - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Ask Marcus Allen about that

      • conjecture101 - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        If you knew the real story about Marcus Allen, you would realize that any breach of loyalty came from his side.

  8. redwings022 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I get the whole financial thing but metta was one the most consistent players defensively for the Lakers…played with a lot of heart and drive

  9. bchapman2011 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    D’Antoni is a dead man walking. It is already written in stone that he is going to be fired after next season. The Lakers are still paying Mike Brown and they know that they are going to have a horrible season next year so there is no point in firing D’Antoni now and having to pay 3 coaches during a mediocre season. Next off season will be huge for the Lakers. They will be searching for a coach and have 50 million dollars to spend in free agency. The only thing that can screw the Lakers up is Jim Buss. If he stays out of the way and lets Kupchak make the decisions, the Lakers will be in good shape.

    • adoombray - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Since when has Kupchak made the decisions? he’s a puppet. It was Dr. Buss and Phil that made the calls there. The only one that Fredo Buss made the call on was Bynum…

      • bchapman2011 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Actually it has always been a combination of West, Kupchak, and the Buss family that made the decisions. Jackson had little input on player transactions.

  10. frakkervance - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Kobe leaves next year. Lakers are doomed with Jim Buss.

  11. bellerophon30 - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    I don’t blame Kobe for not wanting to be part of the “rebuilding” season next year, and losing Artest will help that along. But it’s going to happen, and if the Lakers can save the tax money and improve their draft position it’ll be for the best.

    And hey, it’s not out of the question that a Chandler Parsons type (meaning unheralded) could emerge in the scrum for the open small forward spot. At the very least they’ll get to audition some people there.

    Meanwhile Artest needs to get Memphis and OKC on speed dial.

    • dyn0myte - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      “…And hey, it’s not out of the question that a Chandler Parsons type (meaning unheralded) could emerge..”

      I wouldn’t set my hopes too high.

      The Lakers scouting department was fired last year.
      Their duties are now performed primarily by Jim Buss and his friend “Chaz”, a former bartender.

      • badge3832 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Hey, I worked as a bartender for a while. You hear a lot of stuff.

      • funkmong - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        The Lakers only productive scouting staff was none other than The Logo, Jerry West. Has been a while since JW was in the fold, along with poor draft position, lack of draft picks and poor trades for older talent at higher cost. End result is right before your eyes.

  12. bmoreravens1012013 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    THIS— REGIME— IS— RUINING— MY— TEAM ! Say it with me now

  13. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Methinks Jeanie Buss should have Jim Boy amnestied.

    Hubris can ruin a lot of things, you know…

  14. funkmong - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Mike d’Ahole is just collecting a pay check.

  15. onlyavoice - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Lip Service From D’Antoni.
    D’Antoni Really Wanted Kobe Amnestied.
    That’s No Secret Lakers/Kobe Fans.
    Kobe Is A Team Killer.

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