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08:24 AM ET 07.07 | Dwight Howard told Hoopsworld that he asked the Lakers to hire Phil Jackson as head coach. Q: If Phil Jackson had been more involved with the Lakers or coaching the team, would that have affected your decision? DH: "Well, I asked to have him as my coach earlier in the year. (pause) The best decision for me was to do what's best for Dwight. I think this is the best thing for me. This wasn't a decision about anybody else. I didn't have anybody pushing me to do anything. This is what Dwight wanted."

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July 7, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Was Jimmy interviewing Dwight?

July 7, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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We just had tondealnwirh the dwigttmare.....Can we please be spared the details.Smh

Dwight needs to watch The Doctor on NBA TV to see how he should act.

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July 7, 2013  09:07 AM ET

He might have made the correct choice just like Lebron did 4 years ago. However their methods and behaviour leaves a lot to be desired.

Wow did I just say Lebron did the right thing?

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July 7, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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We better not hear one peep out of Dwight about McHale after this. He chose the Rockets and McHale. Learn from McHale and Hakeem and become legendary.

Why would he listen to Hakeem when you wouldn't listen to Nash?
And I hope he listens to your advice to keep his pie hole closed and keep out of pie holes

July 7, 2013  09:26 AM ET

"Well, I asked to have him as my coach earlier in the year. ...

Not that I wouldn't want PJ as head coach but D12 didn't say he would have signed had Phil been there. Just that he wanted him earlier. Not defending Jimmy but unless the agreement to stay longer was in place, I can see him (at this point) not wanting to spend on yet another coach.

Good luck Dwight. Now, go and win a title like LeBron did to make your sniveling a thing of the past...

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July 7, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Water under the bridge. I wonder if Houston is planning a welcome party at the local rodeo? Texas, where men are men and animals are afraid.

July 7, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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Dwight now gets a pass until the season starts. Then he needs to buckle down and win and keep his pie hole shut..... (and preferably his pants zipped)

Kobe and his selfish ways are what led to Howard not wanting to be there

July 7, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Hakeem is a legendary NBA Center.

Nash is the all time % free throw shooter.
Checkmate

July 7, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Meh, I'm done bashing Dwight.He made the right choice for him in the end....he chose a chance to play with a co-batman in his prime, rather than chase the $ and be in kobes shadow....

Damn, very good comment!!! That's the bottom line, Howard didn't "Want" to play for the Lakers and he moved on. Can anyone really blame Dwight for doing what he wanted??

July 7, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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Hakeem is a legendary NBA Center.

Didn't Hakeem try to talk and help Howard a while back??

July 7, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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We just had tondealnwirh the dwigttmare.....Can we please be spared the details.Smh

Would you prefer they crank up 'The Decision Part Deux'?

July 7, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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Kobe and his selfish ways are what led to Howard not wanting to be there

So you're saying Jimmy was justified in not spending the money on Phil? Was it Kobe's selfishness or Dwight's inability to take direction from someone that knows how to win?

Kid would have died in USMC Boot Camp...

 
July 7, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Damn, very good comment!!! That's the bottom line, Howard didn't "Want" to play for the Lakers and he moved on. Can anyone really blame Dwight for doing what he wanted??

No one is "blaming" him for his (in)decision. He had every right to it. All the article (or the fans) is asking for is some accountability moving forward. Can't keep crying wolf on this and that all the time. Enough of crybabe time, now wear some man-pants and play ball!!!!!

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