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Lakers' Kupchak thinks Dwight Howard can play nice with coach

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06:30 PM ET 05.23 | Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak believes Dwight Howard will take a return to Los Angeles seriously. The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that Howard is also interested in Dallas, Houston, Golden State and Atlanta as free agency destinations. But he will also consider the Lakers, whose coach, Mike D'Antoni, is rumored to have rubbed Howard the wrong way. Kupchak doesn't see it that way, and he denied that Howard has spoken critically of D'Antoni. He thinks the two can get along. "I have absolute and complete confidence," Kupchak said. "Players don't have to like coaches. They just have to play hard. In L.A., our coaches get evaluated on wins and losses and not whether our players like them or don't like them."

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May 23, 2013  07:22 PM ET

Damn this Howard and Laker crap is getting old!!! I'm tired of all these Howard articles!!! Either the guy wants to play for the Lakers or let the idiot go!!! Plain and simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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May 23, 2013  08:27 PM ET
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Howdy OT.Welcome to my world for 2 years in Orlando. The media won't leave this alone and neither will the T&Rs.

EEA, good evening my friend!! Yeah I like Howard, but damn if the guy wants to go, then sign and trade him or let him walk. Put Gasol back at center next year and then in 2014, when the Lakers have the cap room, re-tool!!!

May 23, 2013  09:07 PM ET
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EEA, good evening my friend!! Yeah I like Howard, but damn if the guy wants to go, then sign and trade him or let him walk. Put Gasol back at center next year and then in 2014, when the Lakers have the cap room, re-tool!!!

Try and sell that to Kobe...or the season ticket holders!!

May 23, 2013  09:18 PM ET
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Try and sell that to Kobe...or the season ticket holders!!

Well, will the season ticket holders and Kobe settle for an un-happy Howard??? I still say, put Gasol back at center, get rid of Nash and get a halfway good point guard somewhere!!!

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May 23, 2013  09:45 PM ET

just because Kuppie may think it, doesnt mean he is gonna say it. geeez.

lets just roll the dice and see.

May 23, 2013  09:58 PM ET
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Unfortunately Kupcake won't be able to know which way to go until he knows how the Dwightmare plays out. It's going to be a long annoying summer.

Yeah, that is very true!!!!

May 23, 2013  10:47 PM ET

Hi Mitch fire D Antoni get Phil Jackson we need Defense organize offense no turnover, sign D12 and get CP3. D12 need a good point guard who can feed and use as much as pick and roll. We need to match up against Miami Heat who can win every year and Oklahoma Thunder who are young . Kobe has a year or two with his career after getting his sixth ring he can now retired. I think D12 and CP3 can help Kobe get his sixth ring. LA Lakers needs to build a new young group who get beat the Heat.

May 23, 2013  11:23 PM ET

Dwight Howard is a 7" Prima Donna, he needs to grow up.

May 23, 2013  11:23 PM ET

7'

May 24, 2013  12:37 AM ET
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Hi Mitch fire D Antoni get Phil Jackson we need Defense organize offense no turnover, sign D12 and get CP3. D12 need a good point guard who can feed and use as much as pick and roll. We need to match up against Miami Heat who can win every year and Oklahoma Thunder who are young . Kobe has a year or two with his career after getting his sixth ring he can now retired. I think D12 and CP3 can help Kobe get his sixth ring. LA Lakers needs to build a new young group who get beat the Heat.

Please tell me that you're a 12 year old.

May 24, 2013  12:40 AM ET
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Dwight Howard is 7" ...

TMI, my friend, TMI...

 
May 24, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Please tell me that you're a 12 year old.

Yeah my friend, remember the mirror you are looking into, can't talk!!!! :-)

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