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07:02 AM ET 07.11 | Often, frustration with Mike D'Antoni's system was cited as a chief reason Dwight Howard wanted out of Los Angeles. But another key factor that led the All-Star center to the Houston Rockets was the Lakers' refusal to establish a clear timetable for moving on from the Kobe Bryant era, according to sources with knowledge of Howard's thinking. Sources told ESPN.com that Howard and his representatives -- in a handful of meetings with Lakers officials before he became a free agent July 1 -- strongly suggested the center would have a difficult time re-signing with the team if Bryant stayed with the franchise beyond the 2013-14 season, the final year of his contract.

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July 11, 2013  07:34 AM ET

You can't handle being the man!

July 11, 2013  07:46 AM ET

What a head case.

July 11, 2013  08:00 AM ET

@RealGM: Report: Dwight Howard's Camp Asked Lakers If They Would Consider Amnestying Kobe Bryant -- http://bit.ly/18OM8ii.


I now hand it over to the field...

July 11, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Constant drama with this guy.

July 11, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Sounds like "Shaq-Kobe #2" -- when Kobe wanted Shaq gone and didn't like the triangle offense.

July 11, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

@RealGM: Report: Dwight Howard's Camp Asked Lakers If They Would Consider Amnestying Kobe Bryant -- http://bit.ly/18OM8ii. I now hand it over to the field...

It's no brainer Lakers had to let Kobe go. If his injury wasn't enough indication I don't know what else has to be written on the wall for them. Kobe will never get anything done again with his egotistical attitude and public disrespect of him colleagues.

Lakers burned themselves by smoking the Kobe pipe too long...

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July 11, 2013  08:31 AM ET
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It's no brainer Lakers had to let Kobe go. If his injury wasn't enough indication I don't know what else has to be written on the wall for them. Kobe will never get anything done again with his egotistical attitude and public disrespect of him colleagues. Lakers burned themselves by smoking the Kobe pipe too long...

Wow that smoking the Kobe pipe line is funny though. Kobe is a cash cow for the Lakers though and the league. He is hurt but him being on the team brings in revenue. You ever see a road game where there is a large contigent of Lakers fans. It is largely because of Kobe. With that said I don't blame Dwight for wanting it to be his team. Kobe appeared to be running things with Brown as the coach and D'Antoni and that is not a good thing when certain players have more power over the coach.

July 11, 2013  08:34 AM ET

There is a fine line of keeping your stars too long and letting them loose. Kobe has done a lot for the Lakers both financially and titles. Both Kobe and the Lakers need to come to terms on how to proceed.

July 11, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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Lots of Fakers fans still smoking Kobe's pipe as well and are pretty much going to end up clueless and teeth less just like this upcoming season.

Lots of Cavs fans putting their money on a re_tard for a center who hasn't played a game in over a year and hasn't shown anyone that he's 100% healthy and ready to play.

July 11, 2013  08:37 AM ET
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Bottom line is that it didn't work out and all parties and posters need to move on.But.....Kobe is still a major elephant in the roomIf he wants to keep playing and refuses to acknowledge and accept that he needs to move into the passenger seat......LA is going ton have major problems

Kobe can only be a recruiter now. His body will force him to the passenger seat. He will recruit Melo and one more max type player to make the Lakers a threat but he will be 36 by the season after next. He will not be the number one option when he has a contender team.

July 11, 2013  08:40 AM ET
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Lots of Cavs fans putting their money on a re_tard for a center who hasn't played a game in over a year and hasn't shown anyone that he's 100% healthy and ready to play.

Stop hating - We saw him recently at the local bowling alley and I must say he's coming into form.

July 11, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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Stop hating - We saw him recently at the local bowling alley and I must say he's coming into form.

Why would I hate on a team that's NEVER won anything?

July 11, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You can't handle being the man!

True, that's why he never gain the respect of laker nation. From past players to fans. Dwight is a very good player but not mentally strong. Too much talk. Good luck being in Houston.

July 11, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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Bottom line is that it didn't work out and all parties and posters need to move on. But.....Kobe is still a major elephant in the roomIf he wants to keep playing and refuses to acknowledge and accept that he needs to move into the passenger seat......LA is going ton have major problems

True, but Howard wasn't that guy and nobody really felt he could take over being the new leader.

July 11, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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ward wasn't that guy and nobody really felt he could take over being the new le

Then why the billboard asking him to stay ?

 
July 11, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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Wow that smoking the Kobe pipe line is funny though. Kobe is a cash cow for the Lakers though and the league. He is hurt but him being on the team brings in revenue. You ever see a road game where there is a large contigent of Lakers fans. It is largely because of Kobe. With that said I don't blame Dwight for wanting it to be his team. Kobe appeared to be running things with Brown as the coach and D'Antoni and that is not a good thing when certain players have more power over the coach.

Kobe said he will be back before the season starts. He just said he is way ahead of schedule. Jordan Farmar is back w/ the Lakers.

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