Lakers Call Mark Cuban’s Remarks To Amnesty Kobe Inappropriate
Yesterday Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested that the Lakers possibly amnesty Kobe Bryant and his $30 million contract in the off-season.
Cuban went on to say that he wouldn’t amnesty his star Dirk Nowitzki though, so the comments made no sense.
“If you look at their payroll, even if Dwight (Howard) comes back, you’ve got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe?” Cuban said. “You just don’t know, right? It’s the same reason I wouldn’t get rid of Dirk (Nowitzki). I’ll take a hit for a season rather than get rid of Dirk. That’s just it. I’ve made that commitment to him over the years, and he’s returned that commitment. Maybe that’s selfish, but that’s just the way it is.
“So I’m just saying that hypothetically. When I say amnesty Kobe, I don’t think they’d do it, but they’ve got some choices to make. Now, they’re in a big market, but they’re still limited. The Knicks, the same thing. Boston, same thing.”
The Lakers were not amused by the remarks, and even though they won’t file a grievance, those comments were deemed inappropriate by the organization according to ESPN L.A.
“We’re aware of Mark Cuban’s comments and feel they are inappropriate,” Lakers spokesman John Black said in a statement. “As to the issue itself, we will not comment publicly on the amnesty issue as it relates to any of our players.”