Amnesty of Metta World Peace Sets Kobe Bryant Off on Twitter Rant

Now that the Los Angeles Lakers have had time to process Dwight Howard's departure, the franchise has shifted its focus to clearing up its cluttered financial books.

According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, the first order of business for the Lakers brass was removing Metta World Peace's contract from next season's salary cap:

Sweet a guy as he is, @MettaWorldPeace will be waived via amnesty by Lakers to save about $30 million, barring some late change.

— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 8, 2013 Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reported that no decision had yet been made, but amnestying World Peace would free up "roughly $19 million," including his $7.7 million salary and L.A.'s luxury tax hit.

Kobe Bryant was less than thrilled to hear the news. He's been a staunch supporter of World Peace, whom he respects for his strong work ethic and resolution to win at all costs.

Bryant appeared to confirm and criticize the move in a single tweet:

No game 7 win without Metta! This is a tough day for laker nation #misspeace #newcbacasualty

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 9, 2013 He later said that decisions were still being made and pleaded for a chance to see what this Dwight Howard-less core could achieve:

Personally I'd keep Metta and make a run with the unit we have and just add a few pieces #keepthepeace #lakersstilldeciding

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 9, 2013 As for Howard, who spurned Bryant's Lakers and opted to sign with the Houston Rockets, Bryant stressed that there was no bad blood—or at least that his decision to unfollow his former teammate wasn't a sign of any hard feelings:

I wish d12 the best honestly. I just find it hard to follow players that wanna kick my teams ass #thatsjustme

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 9, 2013 Clearly in a talkative mood, Bryant also offered his thought...

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