Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 8:52 pm  |  29 responses

Metta World Peace Waived By the Los Angeles Lakers

As expected, the Lakers amnestied Metta World Peace today. The team bid farewell to the fan favorite on its website: “The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Metta World Peace and have designated him as the team’s amnesty player as allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. ‘It’s tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four seasons. For anyone who’s had the opportunity to get to know him, it’s impossible not to love him,’ said Kupchak. ‘He has made many contributions to this organization, both in his community work as well as in our games; perhaps no more so than in his clutch play in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals in helping to lead us over the Celtics in one of the greatest playoff wins in Lakers history. We thank Metta for all his contributions and wish him the best of luck in the future.’ A 14-year NBA veteran, World Peace averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 75 games last season. Prior to joining the Lakers in 2009, he played with the Rockets, Kings, Pacers and Bulls, averaging 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals over the course of his career.”

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  • Will Lee

    he was lucky in 2010…….. still can’t believe celtics lost that one.

  • Sérgio

    Sad to amnesty the only other player who gave it all every single night, as Kobe said sometimes.

    But, who the f@ck will play small forward with the Lakers? Heck, I even tought D’Antoni would ran a small ball lineup with Nash, Meeks, Kobe, Metta and Gasol…

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIeIA3G2s5UPQfRPYFyFDw Hart26

    Basically Knick bound, unless a team picks him off waivers, which I doubt.

  • RunNGun

    Have a happy retirement, World Peace, Metta.

  • Bruce Wayne

    They say that when you play with skills, good luck will happen..

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    But, who the f@ck will play small forward with the Lakers? Heck, I
    even tought D’Antoni would ran a small ball lineup with Nash, Meeks,
    Kobe, Metta and Gasol…

  • robb

    His commitment, heart and spontaneity made him a fan favorite. His performance against the Celtics will never be forgotten by us Lakers fans. He’s a real guy and those guys stay in people’s hearts forever. Thanks Metta.

  • Vince

    Any of y’all see his twitter feed after he got amnestied? Absolutely hilarious, I hope he becomes a commentator.

  • Lakeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers

    Or when you play with the refs, like it has been proven to be the case for the Lakers

  • MikeC.

    Eat my sh1thole. Get gone. Varmint.

  • Rob

    Miami Heat! If they do not bring back Battier, he could be an option if he’s in shape.

  • Ugh

    Any team will have to bid for his amnesty rights, so highest bidder wins.

  • LLC#12

    Surely you realise that nobody here is stupid enough to click on your links? If you’re looking for people with the IQ of steamed vegetables you’re in the wrong place. Anyway, get a job and/or life.

  • playa

    Im upvoting you for the sheer power of your nickname!!

  • The Seed

    Sad day for Laker fans, but it was his time to go. Nick Young will help, because Artest could not shoot anymore and his defense was now suspect. Knicks should pick him up.

  • shockexchange

    Once the best player on the planet, MWP threw away a chance for immortality in Indiana for amnesty in L.A. This dude really is crazy.

  • bike

    For reasons I don’t completely understand, this brought a small tear to my eye.

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIeIA3G2s5UPQfRPYFyFDw Hart26

    Don’t know why a team under the cap, who is most likely tanking, and does not want a headcase around the team, would want him.

  • Bmamba12

    MWP threw away a bad reputation in Indiana to become a champion as one of the most beloved Lakers in history.

  • shockexchange

    Amnesty? Is that how you treat “one of the most beloved Lakers in history?” How do you treat the players you don’t like?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    This one really stings. Almost similar to when LO & D Fish got shipped out.

  • RunNGun

    Take your spam and shove it up where the sun don’t shine, @$$#ole.

  • Conor

    See: 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012 for fixed officiating.

    What’s that you say? Only one of those teams is the Los Angeles Lakers? Yes.

  • robb

    that’s a front office decision, not a fan decision. That doesn’t take away the fact that Lakers fans love Metta, what’s the shock exchange talking about?

  • shockexchange

    The front office is so concerned about “the fans’ love for Metta” that they amnestied him. When Rent-A-Center suggested they amnesty Horry Jr or he would walk, management let him walk because it was concerned about a fan backlash. The front office knows who the fans really love – that’s what the Shock Exchange is talking about.

  • BugEyes

    Idk the refs in the heat mavs finals were shakey but I dont want to delve that far down

  • Bruce Wayne

    Are you saying the refs gave them the title?

  • BMamba12

    The bottom line is this: Ron Artest went from having a bad image in Indiana to an NBA champion and mental illness activist with the Lakers. Winning changes a lot of things, but he wouldn’t have been able to shake that image if he stayed in Indiana.

  • Bruce Wayne

    Are you saying that the refs cheated Orlando out of the title?