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Kobe not ready to open season, lauds Howard anyway

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07:04 AM ET 06.20 | In the eyes of Kobe Bryant, both Dwight Howard of the Lakers and Chris Paul of the Clippers will stay put. [Bryant] maintained how it is important for the Lakers to re-sign Howard to a five-year, $118 million contract extension. "It's not like you have guys like Dwight Howard just walking around every day," Bryant said. "Those guys are hard to find. They don't grow on trees. I think when you have somebody like that, with his talent level, you have to, you have to be able to keep him and lock him in with this franchise." ... Even if Howard decides to stay in L.A., it remains to be seen how long it will be before Bryant joins him on the court. ... [Bryant] admitted he might not be ready to play by the start of the regular season in late October.

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June 20, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Why didn't you say this a long time ago? And why did you have to alienate him? You should have put him under your wings and made him a big part of your offense... I mean giving him the ball down low and not just get you the ball to help your offense...

June 20, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Kobe is more relevant than ESPN Dallas too.

June 20, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Is It His Team Now, Bro?

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June 20, 2013  10:46 AM ET

Let's get a baby blanket, put around Howard shoulders and bring him some warm milk. Next, sit on the couch, cuddle and sing some lullabies.

Damn, people want Kobe to be Dwight's mommy or something. If Dwight really wants to be in LA and become the face of the franchise he would not give a damn to what Kobe and anyone act or say. Just take it from them and show what you are capable for. Just ask Shaq. smh

June 20, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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Let's get a baby blanket, put around Howard shoulders and bring him some warm milk. Next, sit on the couch, cuddle and sing some lullabies.Damn, people want Kobe to be Dwight's mommy or something. If Dwight really wants to be in LA and become the face of the franchise he would not give a damn to what Kobe and anyone act or say. Just take it from them and show what you are capable for. Just ask Shaq. smh

LOL.

June 20, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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LOL.

Just annoys me that people threat Howard like he is this huge baby that need affirmation words at all times. Imagine asking Shaq to baby sit Kobe. LMAO

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June 20, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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I think most people just expected him to be a good teammate and welcome him on board. Nobody expected the extreme stuff you are suggesting.They has a whole season of playing together to bond and become teammates. It just feels like it was wasted now.

Shaq was forced out when he suggested that he should have been gotten the ball more. What would Dwight look like if he told Kobe to give him the damn ball and don't be a ballhog? Smh

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June 20, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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Nothing would make Kobe happier than if Dwight leaves.

If that's the case and if Dwight REALLY wants to be a Laker, then he should go for it and take Kobe's crown. Mitch already said this is his franchise and Kobe has one year left in his contract.
To be honest, IMO I don't think Howard mind Kobe as much as you guys like to say here.

If he leaves is more about the future of the franchise under Jimmy boy and if he really wants to be part of a rebuilding experience and be ready to handle the pressure that will be upon him to succeed under those circumstances. No wonder he likes the Houston scenario.

June 20, 2013  11:15 AM ET
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You might see things differently if he walks and you are left with nothing.The guy has all kinds of empty space between his ears. But, he's till the best Center in the NBA, when healthy.If he leaves and Kobe is out for an extended period, the Lakers will be chasing Ping-Pong balls.I hate ya'll and even I don't want to see that happen.Mostly because it might mean you end up with Wiggins....lol

I don't want him to leave. Just tired of people treating this guy like he needs all the affirmation and love. I want to see some killer instinct and desire. I am sure he has it inside him.

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June 20, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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Should have worked on this when you had the chance Kobe. Now it just seems like lip service.

This time it really is Kobe's fault...

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June 20, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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Depends who you ask still, Bro.

True - Two types of fanatics - Pro / Con....!! :-)

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