He seems to be very disappointed with the latest development. Metta World Peace Twitter rant after being relased by Lakers: “I’m playing hockey”
Metta World Peace, the Lakers forward reacted to his release from the team by posting a series of hilarious tweets, much like his usual self.
The player was released by the Lakers using the Amnesty Clause, which is a section negotiated into the recently approved Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and owners which allows a team to release one player from their roster and be free of any financial obligations to that player.
As the news broke about his release, the basketball star who underwent a name change in 2011 from Ron Artest and was placed under suspension for seven games after he elbowed James Harden in the head back in 2012 initially tweeted, “Mitch called me first, Thanks” followed by
“I’m going to play for Yao Mings team in china! I can’t wait to arrive in Shanghai!!”
“I’m playing for the LA kings”
“ I’m retiring and playing hockey”
“But first , I have to work at Saladish in Pasadena Serving food”
In a statement issued soon after World Peace’s release, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said: “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. 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.”
It may be mentioned here that the 14-year NBA veteran, who was set to earn a whopping $7.7 million in 2013-14, had averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 75 games last season. Before becoming a part of the Lakers in 2009, he played for the Rockets, Kings, Pacers and Bulls, averaging 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals over the course of his career.