Kobe Bryant had some words for Dallas owner Mark Cuban after dominating his Mavericks while leading the Lakers to a 103-99 victory. Just two words, actually. And he posted them on Twitter.
On Friday an in interview on ESPN's "Ben and Skin Show" in Dallas, Cuban suggested that the Lakers consider using the NBA's amnesty clause on the five-time NBA champion, noting the franchise's luxury tax issues. The amnesty rule allows a team to let a player go and not have his salary count against the salary cap or luxury tax, per USA Today.
"If you look at their payroll ... you've got to ask that question, 'Should they amnesty Kobe?'" said Cuban. "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."
Lakers spokesman John Black responded in a statement saying the organization is "aware of Mark Cuban's comments and feel they are inappropriate," via ESPN Los Angeles.
Kobe's response, on and off the court, might have been a little stronger.
Bryant scored 38 points in Dallas on Sunday, out-dueling Dirk Nowitzki as the Lakers won their third straight.