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Lakers News: D’Antoni Talks About the Lakers Amnestying World Peace Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers decided to use their amnesty provision on forward Metta World Peace, a fan favorite and someone who played a vital role in the team's Gam The Los Angeles Lakers decided to use their amnesty provision on forward Metta World Peace, a fan favorite and someone who played a vital role in the team's Gam Rating:
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Lakers News: D’Antoni Talks About the Lakers Amnestying World Peace

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6883012The Los Angeles Lakers decided to use their amnesty provision on forward Metta World Peace, a fan favorite and someone who played a vital role in the team’s Game 7 victory in 2010 NBA Finals.

World Peace was a defensive presence for the Lakers on the perimeter and gave the roster some much needed toughness. However, due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the punitive taxes, the Lakers made a financial decision when amnestying World Peace.

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Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni spoke to reporters at the Summer League, and Yahoo! Sports writes that he believes the decision was a “by-product of the CBA.”

“Obviously it’s a byproduct of the CBA,” D’Antoni said at the team’s Summer League in Las Vegas. “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.”

If the Lakers were to stick with World Peace for the remainder of the season, his contract would have expired in time for the free agency class of 2014.  Los Angeles has a lot of cap space to work with next off season and the front office is hoping to create another championship team very shortly.

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  • Laker J

    D’Antoni will certainly be the X factor this year. The roster is coming along nicely, but it remains to be seen if D’Antoni can coach this team to be a championship contender. We are all watching Kupchak do his thing, but it may mean nothing if the coach finds a way to not capitalize on the new acquisitions.

    Not sure why Lamar is not on board yet, maybe he is still considering the Clippers. If Lamar is out, the Lakers should start looking at Tyrus Thomas and/or Al Harrington. Both can be had for vet minimums if they clear waivers.

    I would also like to see them try to acquire Nate Robinson from the Bulls in a sign and trade scenario that would send Blake or Meeks to the Bulls.

    Another option would be to trade for Trevor Ariza sending Hill and Blake for him. The salaries match and Ariza will also be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

    Possible roster:

    Gasol, Kaman, Sacre,

    Odom, Thomas, Kelly

    Ariza, Johnson

    Kobe, Young,

    Nash, Farmar, Robinson

    Or;

    Gasol, Kaman, Sacre

    Hill, T. Thomas, Kelly

    Johnson, Harrington

    Kobe, Young, Meeks

    Nash, Farmar, Blake

    Either way, it will be up to D’Antoni. No more excuses!

    • JApohen

      Ariza is great but we cannot afford to lose Jordan HIll. Please let’s not even talk about Robinson. He’s arrogant and a showboat. He acts as if he is 6’7″. We are getting Farmar so we don’t need Robinson. We need a wing player to sub for Young. I think the Machine would fit well. He can knock them down and he is a good defender. I think LO is still hurting from the trade to the Mavs, but I think he’ll come around.

    • Paytc

      Laker J,
      You have my vote with that post!
      I would prefer the lineup you have listed on top.
      I would however add a young athletic PG for Nash to groom for the future.
      You have 13 listed and I think the team can carry 14?

      • Paytc

        But I’m sure Robinson would move into the 1 or two slot.
        He is far more explosive than the other two.And would be better overall than they would.He plays defense, and can excite the crowd, and lift the team offensively.He’d most likely share time with Nash?

  • SignSashaV.

    you need one more shooter so sign Sasha Vujacic, guaranteed to score off the bench and help lakeshow win another title!!

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  • ra

    It’s too bad that MWP was let go (for D’Antoni’s sake). MDA has a great offense scheme, but really needs good defenders. The Lakers just let go of one of their best defenders, and the jury is out on the new guys’ defense capability. Also, Kobe may have to tone down his great defensive skills to take care of the injury.

    • Daryl Peek

      “Kobe may have to tone down his great defensive skills” ? He’s been toned down on D since 2011. To be honest it was before then

      • ra

        Agreed. I’d say even more. He was doing ‘double duty’ (zone like) defense whenever Steve Nash was in the game. That’s gonna stop next year.

        • Daryl Peek

          I disagree, and think you misunderstood what I was saying. Kobe’s gambling for steals and not getting back to help his teammates on the break are the main reasons the Lakers transition D has been horrible. Fisher was a huge help defender that covered for Kobe’s gambling by taking charges and was excellent at frighting through picks in the screen and roll.

          People have pointed to the fact that the Lakers perimeter D has stunk over the past few seasons, and Kobe is a perimeter defender also. No one can keep up with the elite PG’s foot speed so the team D concept is a must. Again Kobe’s gambling compromises that.

          Kobe has the ability to occasionally lock down an opposing guard individually but it takes too much out of him at this stage of his career, and he suffers on the offensive side the following games.

          Nash is a decent team defender. He need his shooting guard to work with him VS. gambling. This is why Jared Dudley was so good as Nash’s SG counter part. Hopefully Kobe will take a team defensive stance and be a better helper given this injury will slow his explosiveness to start the season.

  • Daniel

    MDA is still here and MWP is gone, WTF!

  • James

    @pasha Phil came to the lakers in 2000 so you are wrong they won the first year Phil came but he is a great coach just get yo facts straight

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