To Amnesty or Not to Amnesty: It’s Metta World Peace or Jim...

To Amnesty or Not to Amnesty: It’s Metta World Peace or Jim Buss


Metta World PeaceIn which MWP becomes MVP. I know, he’s only Metta World Peace, which means anything can happen, including the Auburn Hills riot which started when he charged into the stands after a Piston yahoo who threw a drink at him… and cold-cocked the wrong one.

We all make mistakes, don’t we? Some are just harder to live with, as the Lakers will learn if they go ahead with their plan to Amnesty him. What’s so bad about cutting your most inconsistent starter, who’s 33 and would go at season’s end anyway, saving $15-20 million?

Let me count the ways:

A) The Lakers are already projecting a $75 million profit. Teams always talk about their costs but never, ever revenue. The Lakes’ projected revenue is a mighty $280 million—enough to have made $30 million after paying Dwight Howard $20 million, triggering an extra $30 million in tax… for a total of $175 million in payroll and tax… plus $50 million in revenue sharing (and $25 mill for all other expenses). With no Dwight, the projection is now $75-80 million in profit.

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B) As the only small forward on an eight-man roster, Metta is worth more than an extra $20 mill in profit. Anyone who disagrees belongs in the Donald T. Sterling Remedial School of NBA Management. The only other Lakers who can play the three are Jordan Hill, a four, and Kobe Bryant, a two. If Metta is hardly all you want in an outside shooter, he led the Lakes in threes last season, and hit an acceptable 34%.

Going small, he can be Mike D’Antoni’s stretch four. Also he defends.

And, did I mention, the Lakes don’t need the money?

C) Point B, of course, assumed the Lakers are trying to win, which they’d better be.

D) Tanking is a fool’s errand. If they actually finished No. 30, below the woeful Bobcats and the newly deconstructed 76ers, who will be tanking for all they’re worth, the Lakers would have only a 25% chance at the No. 1 pick. Say the Lakers drop all the way to 25-57. Last season that was only worth a tie for fourth worst.

Let’s assume they’d have had sole possession of fourth worst….

That would have given them an 11.9% shot at No. 1.

E) Winning 25 games hardly improves “the brand” when you need it to shine its brightest… targeting LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in 2014, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in 2015.

F) Also has a bad effect on “your culture.” You know that thing bad teams are trying to change. Not a good thing for good teams to throw aside, as if it doesn’t mean anything.

G) It shows Jim Buss really is clueless. If I’m the one who nicknamed him “Jethro,” after Jed Clampett’s cousin, I’ve become a one of his few defenders, outside the family. Actually, given his relationship with Jeanie, I was one of the few anywhere, based on stuff Laker people told me that suggested Jimbo had learned to follow Mitch Kupchak’s lead. All that has just been called into question. The Lakers have enough issues now to challenge Jerry Buss and Jerry West in their prime. It’s a bad time for a bad call, as Jimbo is about to make. Of course, it’s his idea. Mitch doesn’t get to make financial calls.

Kobe Bryant and Metta World PeaceI see an obvious path for the Lakers:

–Try to have the best season you can with a Bryant comeback and a healthier Steve Nash.

–Re-sign Kobe for reasonable dollars.

–Pursue Bron and/or Melo in 2014, and Kyrie and/or Love in 2015.

If Jimbo was cavalier enough to even think of amnestying Metta, he doesn’t see the linkage, or thinks they can lose 50 games and still be seen as the Lakers of old.

If Jimbo can screw with the plan for money he doesn’t need–like Donald Sterling–the scenario isn’t as likely as I thought.

Kobe Bryant’s intervention—via Twitter, initially—may be what has halted the process with Jimbo being asked to re-think it.

That’s what amnestying Metta means. Is there a plan the Lakers are committed to, or is there just Jimbo?


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  • ra

    Message to Buss: Keep MWP. You’ll ‘keep” more fans (MWP is beloved here in LA), and that means more $$. He’s also a great player when not injured.

  • Islesteelr

    Keep Him… He still hustles, plays D, shoots the 3. But more importantly, we NEED to have a team comprised of people who not only want to be LA, BUT LOVE to be in LA!!

  • Nicholas Alan Griffith

    Please get rid of Jim Buss, he is the worst!

    • xzass

      To whom are you praying to? ;))

      • Nicholas Alan Griffith

        Anyone that will listen! Much of the current Laker problems are systemic of the problems between Jim Buss and Phil Jackson. Playing the “what if” game isn’t typically my style, but I strongly believe this would be a different team had Jim Buss thought professionally instead of emotionally.

        • ceh cap

          And who would get rid of jim buss? his the owner? do you even think?

          • Nicholas Alan Griffith

            First of all, it is *he is* the owner (do you even spell?). The Los Angeles Lakers are a huge business and just because Jim Buss is the current owner, it doesn’t make him god. Just as a President of the United States, if public opinion turns on him, there are ways to run him out of town or at least make him critically think about himself and the poor decisions he has made. People in the Laker organization can’t do this, because they could lose their jobs. This is why I feel it is our responsibility to be critical of him. Do you think Jim Buss is doing a good job as owner? Do you feel the Lakers are better without Phil Jackson as coach?

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  • Jim213

    If management wants to save $$$ trade Gasol and amnesty Blake. At least we know that MWP plays SOLID defense… could’ve gone there.

  • jill

    You are losing fans if you amnesty MWP… he’s is loved here.

    • jill

      he is loved here.

  • marv

    i think jim buss is the problem. anyone with average basktball skills would have hired phill jackson instead of d’antoni
    if he hired phill d12 would have stayed they would haven done better in the playoffs
    i think jim buss isnt the right person to run the lakers


    • Paolo Anchoriz

      Makes sense

    • Jonathan Mass

      d’antoni is a bad coach for us we should of got phil a ran the triangle offense

  • Paolo Anchoriz

    Oust Jim Buss! He’s crazier than MWP! I Love how MWP is in the Lakers