Chinese star Yi Jianlian and forward Anthony Brown were the final two players waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, meaning former All-Star forward Metta World Peace and fellow veteran Thomas Robinson have made the teams season-opening roster.With the Lakers facing roster cut-down decisions by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Yi and his representatives requested that the team let him go to pursue other opportunities -- largely because the role he envisioned in Los Angeles didnt materialize.Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities hed be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that hed be better off in a different situation. We appreciate his efforts and wish him great success as he goes forward with his career.This will mark NBA season No. 17 for World Peace, who will turn 37 in November. He averaged 5.0 points over 16.9 minutes in 35 appearances for the Lakers last season.After his strong play with China in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Yi was signed by the Lakers in August to a one-year, $8 million deal that was uniquely structured, featuring $6.8 million in what the league deemed likely bonuses.But the defined role Yi expected when he agreed to leave the Guangdong Southern Tigers in his native China -- with minutes at both power forward and center -- didnt pan out as he had hoped this month, prompting the 28-year-old to seek his release.Coming in, we knew we had a few young guys that we really like and want to develop and we had just signed [Timofey] Mozgov to a pretty big deal, so he was really going to have to outplay everybody to get big minutes, because of the players we needed to develop, coach Luke Walton said. He did a great job. He was great while he was here. He proves that he belongs in this league, but I dont think at the end of it that he was happy with the minutes that it looked like, at least, he was getting. So they asked for the release.The Lakers had been pursuing Yi for the past two offseasons before they finally managed to sign him to a deal and bring him back to the NBA.It was not immediately known whether Yi would try to catch on with another? NBA team or look to return to the Chinese Basketball Association.The 7-footer was the No. 6 pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2007 draft. He also had stints with the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks in parts of five NBA seasons. Yi spent the past four seasons with Guangdong, and he averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds for China in its five games in Rio.For Robinson, who is entering his fifth season in the league, the Lakers will be his seventh team after being drafted fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2012.Brown, a second-year wing, played sparingly in 2015-16 and throughout this preseason.The Lakers open their 2016-17 season Wednesday when they host the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.ESPN staff writer Baxter Holmes contributed to this report. Arizona Cardinals Jerseys . Its sharpness matched my mind. This was no night to go to sleep. David Johnson Youth Jersey . How great will be revealed in the next couple of days at the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif. http://www.nflcardinalsrookiestore.com/Cardinals-Justin-Pugh-Jersey/ .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. 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However, their success since moving to the league has been contrasting.Only injury denied Lampard the chance to play against former Blues team-mate Drogba for the first time, and with the Ivorians Montreal scoring a late equaliser to deny Lampards New York City all three points last night, we assess their time in MLS so far and look at whats been said about them. How have they been getting on?Frank Lampard Frank Lampard has not played for New York City FC so far this season because of injury In 2015, frustrations from New York City FC fans were made clear before Lampards arrival as he decided to stay at Manchester City until the summer rather than play for the brand new MLS franchise from the start of the season.The sense of annoyance remains even into his first full season at the club.Injuries plagued Lampards start and he did not make his debut for NYCFC until August 1 as a late substitute.The former Chelsea midfielder scored three times in 10 appearances while also getting one assist as his side failed to reach the MLS Eastern Conference play-offs, finishing the regular season in eighth place. Lampard and Drogba enjoyed great success as team-mates at Chelsea It took Lampard until September 16 to record his first goal in a 3-0 win over Toronto FC.Before the start of the current 2016 campaign, Lampard told Sky Sports his hope of achieving great things in his first full season at New York City.But injuries have disrupted his campaign once again after he picked up a calf problem early in pre-season. It means he has yet to play a single minute so far in this campaign. MLS: Vieira winless run extends NYCFCs winless run has reached seven matches. Patrick Viera had hoped to have him available for Wednesdays 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact but, speaking after the game, said there remained no timescale for his highly-awaited comeback.We dont want to put any date because it would not be fair to him, Vieira said. Hes working hard, hes working well. When he will be fit, he will be in the squad.Didier Drogba Didier Drogba has been hugely impressive since joining Montreal last summer Former Chelsea ace Drogba won the hearts and minds of Montreal fans as soon as he set foot in Quebec. He was mobbed by supporters at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and he hit the ground running on the pitch.The 37-year-old scored 12 goals in 14 regular season and play-off games for Montreal.His goal-scoring form, combined with his hold-up play, helped lift Montreal from their mid-season slump to a third-placed finish in the Eastern Conference.In the play-offs, the Impact beat arch-rivals Toronto FC in the knockout round 3-0 - Drogba scoring one - before losing to Columbus Crew in the semi-finals.Pre-season was unsettled with rumours surrounding the Impact talismans future, with strong suggestions in January that Drogba would make a return to Chelsea in a player/coach capacity.However, Drogba confirmed on Twitter that he would return to Montreal to play his first full season at the club. It took Didier Drogba just six minutes to score his first MLS goal of the season as he scored the equaliser for Montreal Impact with a backheel While his start to the campaign was delayed after not playing on turf, he has been slowly re-introduced to the line-up.ddddddddddddHe first appeared on March 19 as a substitute against FC Dallas before next coming on against Chicago Fire just under a month later for 40 minutes. In those 40 minutes, Drogba scored a sublime back-heel goal to get himself on the 2016 scoring charts.The former Ivory Coast international made his first full appearance against Canadian rivals Toronto FC last weekend, playing 90 minutes in the 2-0 loss.And with that game kicking off a run of three matches in one week, Drogba travelled with the team, started the game and created the assist for the injury time equaliser.What theyve said Speaking in January, Frank Lampard believes the new MLS season will be a fresh start for him with New York City FC Frank Lampard (Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the 2016 season): Im confident actually [about the 2016 season]. I think weve got a good squad and I think we are going to add to it and change it further. Generally, I hope well have a good season and the play-offs are a must for us.Didier Drogba (Speaking after Montreals win v Chicago on April 16): We wanted to pull off a great result here. We wanted to win. Were top of the conference, and we have to show more ambition on the road. This win does us a lot of good.What their coaches say Hes a real champion and hes going through a difficult period. New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira New York City head coach Patrick Vieira: When you are talking about a player of his [Lampards] calibre, its always better to have him available to play games, Im feeling for him because hes a real champion and hes going through a difficult period, because of course he wants to be on the field, he wants to train and to help the team.Montreal Impact head coach Mauro Biello: He was a big part of the success of the team last year. Its important for Drogba to get minutes. Its about getting his rhythm and being available for us going forward. Get a Sky Sports Week Pass Dont miss the MLS. Watch live on NOW TV from ￡6.99. 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