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Kupchak: Howard is Lakers' future, relationship with Kobe a "work in progress"

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03:41 PM ET 02.20 | Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak spoke candidly about Dwight Howard on ESPN Radio Tuesday morning, reiterating that the team didn't intend on trading the center before the NBA's trade deadline - and expounding on his role with the franchise, making some interesting statements.

Kupchak said that Howard is the team's future - saying that he'll deserve a statue some day - but that team's window for success with Dwight and Kobe Bryant was comprised of this year and next year. He went on to say that Howard's relationship with Bryant is a "work in progress", evident to anybody who has watched the 23-29 Lakers.

He added the team wouldn't trade Pau Gasol either.

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February 20, 2013  03:58 PM ET

Unless they are willing to amnesty Kobe they better prepare for another losing season next year.

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February 20, 2013  04:13 PM ET
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They need a coach that commands respect. Dantoni seems to be over his head regardless what management continues to say.

Yep. This ^^^^^

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February 20, 2013  05:11 PM ET

How many Howard topics do we need in 1 day?

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February 20, 2013  06:22 PM ET
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How many Howard topics do we need in 1 day?

At least a dozen!

February 20, 2013  09:08 PM ET

Kobe is a winner, I heard he is looking to make a move.

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February 21, 2013  10:03 AM ET

It's Always Darkest Before The Dawn, Bros.

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