Metta World Peace and Dwight Howard departed from the Los Angeles Lakers this off-season, although one guy wanted to leave and the other guy didn’t.
MWP told Mark Medina he thought he was going to finish his career with the Lakers, though he understands management’s decision to waive him via the league’s one-time amnesty clause, saying it was a “good move” for the club.
World Peace also claims that he “always knew” Dwight was going to bolt to Houston:
[pullquote]Things weren’t clicking,” World Peace reasoned for the Lakers’ first-round sweep to the San Antonio Spurs. “I always knew Dwight was going to Houston because things weren’t clicking. Once Kobe (Bryant) said he can come back for three years, I knew Dwight was going to Houston.”
How did he know?
“It’s about clicking,” World Peace said. “Dwight doesn’t want to be the guy. Dwight had flaws like anybody. But Dwight just wanted to be comfortable. He wasn’t comfortable.”[/pullquote]
Chemistry is a big part of being a successful basketball team, and last year, the Lakers just never really had it. Sure, they were derailed by an insane amount of injuries, yet chemistry was a big problem too.
The Lakers will be a team with lesser expectations on their shoulders next season. They will also be without the “Dwight Howard Decision” drama, which should help with things both in the locker room and on the court.