Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently suggested that the Los Angeles Lakers should amnesty Kobe Bryant (via Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas). Cuban has come under fire, but has since clarified he was using Bryant "as an example" (via ESPN.com).
Kobe had just two words for Cuban.
Amnesty THAT— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 24, 2013
Bryant led the Lakers to a 103-99 win against Cuban's Mavericks earlier today.
Kobe finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and a block on 13-of-21 shooting from the field. He scored 40 points on 15-of-23 on the day Cuban made his first remarks.
Oh, how Michael Jordan-esque.
To be clear, Cuban's comments were reasonable. With the Lakers so deep into the luxury tax, a logical move could be to sever ties with the highest-paid player on the team.
There's another Jordan comparison, as Kobe is making $30,453,805 in 2013-14.
Is Mark Cuban right? Should the Los Angeles Lakers amnesty Kobe Bryant?
With that being said, Bryant remains one of the most profitable players in the NBA. His star is international, his production is unparalleled and, even at 34, he is the best shooting guard in the league.
Just check the numbers.
Bryant is currently averaging 26.9 points, 5.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He's doing so while shooting 46.6 percent from the field.
Bryant leads all shooting guards in points, assists and rebounds.
Today against the Mavericks, Bryant proved, once again, that he is one of the game's elite all-around performers. Even as he takes on more of a facilitating role, Kobe Bean can still score with the best of them.
As for Mark Cuban, he's just happy someone is listening.
Nice to know there is a least one team and theirplayers, outside of the Mavs, that listen to everything I say.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 24, 2013
Love him or hate him, you can't knock his sense of humor.
Until the offseason rolls around, all we'll have to go on is Cuban's rather outlandish remarks. Even if there is some merit to what he's saying, Kobe responded on the court and on Twitter in the same way.