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

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

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:

He later said that decisions were still being made and pleaded for a chance to see what this Dwight Howard-less core could achieve:

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:

Clearly in a talkative mood, Bryant also offered his thoughts on Howard's replacement, Chris Kaman. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported that Kaman inked a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Lakers on Monday.

Bryant appeared to sign off on his new center:

Bryant ended his night with an inspirational sign-off, perhaps hinting at the grueling season that his teammates have in store:

Whether that group of teammates will include World Peace might not yet be settled. What is abundantly clear, however, is the fact that the Mamba appears to be itching to get back on the hardwood.

No matter who's flanking him, it's always a championship-or-bust season for the former MVP.

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