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D'Antoni wanted to keep World Peace

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Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni joined star Kobe Bryant in publicly disagreeing with the team's decision to amnesty forward Metta World Peace.

D'Antoni said in the New York Post that he wanted to keep World Peace, but the decision by Lakers management was purely financial.

"Obviously it's a byproduct of the CBA," D'Antoni said at the team's Summer League in Las Vegas. "As a person and player, I couldn't find anyone better. He's great. I enjoyed coaching him. I hope he finds something great. He deserves it. It's not the coaches. It's management. They have to manage the cap."

Previously, Bryant sent out tweets expressing his disappointment that the team let World Peace go.

"Personally I'd keep Metta and make a run with the unit we have and just add a few pieces," Bryant wrote.

The Lakers waived World Peace on Thursday and designated him as the team's amnesty player under the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Keeping World Peace would have cost the Lakers $12.3 million for his salary and luxury tax bill.

The 14-year NBA veteran averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 75 games last season for the Lakers, who signed him in 2009.
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