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Report: Dwight Howard wanted Mike D'Antoni fired, Kobe amnestied

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09:14 AM ET 08.25 | Talks with various people close to the situation make it clear there were two prerequisites for Dwight Howard to remain a Laker: fire Mike D'Antoni and amnesty, or at the very least muzzle, Kobe Bryant. As audacious as that might sound, it doesn't come without precedent in Lakers' history. When Kobe re-upped in 2004, it coincided with Shaq being shipped to Miami and Phil Jackson being let go. Of course, Kobe didn't have to pressure the team braintrust -- Mitch Kupchak and Jerry and Jim Buss -- to make those moves, since Dr. Buss, in particular, was done with both Shaq and Phil at the time. The Lakers apparently asked Dwight to be patient on both fronts for at least another season, telling him "hey, you're going to have to gut this out another year," a source said, although it sounds as if VP of basketball ops Jim Buss isn't ready to abandon Kobe anytime soon. "Dwight didn't want to play with Kobe for 2-3 more years," Buss said. "I'm going to stand behind Kobe because of his history with the franchise." It would seem, then, with all that happened, the Lakers had the wherewithal to keep Howard if they had desired; they simply found the price too high.

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August 25, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Both those requests actually makes logical and economical sense. If Kobe was amnestied, perhaps that could have opened the doors for CP3 to go to Lakers as well.

August 25, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Houston we have a problem.. its a black hole called Dwight Howard

August 25, 2013  09:53 AM ET

You Can't Always Get What You Want, Bro.

August 25, 2013  09:56 AM ET

The guy's to dumb to not get 10 DIFFERENT women pregnant. This is the guy you take advice from on how to run the most successful franchise in NBA history?

His requests may or may not have made sense but putting all you chips on '33 Black' and hitting wouldn't make you a master gambler so why take your advice?

He wouldn't take free throw advice from Steve Nash who is one of the best ever in NBA history. BTW, it didn't happen so this is just a wasted thread. Good news is the site is back up and now we can learn how we can make $13648 per week on our laptops...

August 25, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Seriously...










Nobody cares Bro.

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August 25, 2013  10:12 AM ET

So what? DH was a free agent, had some leverage and laid his cards on the table for the Lakers to see. The Lakers said "no" and DH moved on to Houston.

August 25, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Who knew Dwight was the smartest guy in the room?

We should have hired Isiah Thomas as a consultant. Oh wait...


He's under contract with the Knicks... Again!

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August 25, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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NY is an abortion from the owner down.....Isaiah is the placenta

Bang!

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August 25, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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Good plan by Howard if he really wants to win. Kobe's going to be all about chasing Jordan and history with his place on the career scoring ladder.

I even said that Kobe should be amnestied and who doesn't think D'Antoni should go? Good ideas on Howard's behalf? Maybe yes, maybe no but getting rid of people not does a title win.

The problem with his requests/demand is that they were not solutions or a winning formula. He should have put his entire plan on the table not just part of it.

If he's so good, he should have no problem delivering a title with Houston. Or come up with a complete plan if/when he fails to do so...

August 25, 2013  10:51 AM ET
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Both those requests actually makes logical and economical sense. If Kobe was amnestied, perhaps that could have opened the doors for CP3 to go to Lakers as well.

Yes those requests makes "logical and economical sense", but coming from a player that had/has a history of complaining too much, didn't set too well with the Laker organization. IMO, the Lakers did the right thing if they had anything to do with Howard moving on. It will make a great deal of sense in the future (next 2/3 years) for the Lakers. If CP3 wants to play for the Lakers in the future he still can.

August 25, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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He wouldn't take free throw advice from Steve Nash who is one of the best ever in NBA history. BTW, it didn't happen so this is just a wasted thread. Good news is the site is back up and now we can learn how we can make $13648 per week on our laptops...

Good comment!!!! :-)

August 25, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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I even said that Kobe should be amnestied and who doesn't think D'Antoni should go? Good ideas on Howard's behalf? Maybe yes, maybe no but getting rid of people not does a title win. The problem with his requests/demand is that they were not solutions or a winning formula. He should have put his entire plan on the table not just part of it. If he's so good, he should have no problem delivering a title with Houston. Or come up with a complete plan if/when he fails to do so...

Another good comment!!!

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August 25, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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Getting rid of people doesn't win titles but freeing up 30 million in cap space helps you to improve your team.

Obviously..... but good talent needs to be available.

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August 25, 2013  11:27 AM ET

The Lakers only player that could possibly draw other elite players is Kobe Bryant. Considering his age and possible career ending injury what in their prime star would come to LA?

Laker fans better get used to seeing division championship banners being hung up by the Clippers....

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