Dwight Howard want to return to Los Angeles? Talks with various people close to the situation make it clear there were two prerequisites for Dwight Howard to remain a Laker: '>

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Howard wanted both D'Antoni and Kobe gone

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07:11 AM ET 08.26 | Just what didn't Dwight Howard want to return to Los Angeles? 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.

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August 26, 2013  07:51 AM ET

Really?





I had no idea.

August 26, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Enough already with this. Does anyone believe any of this???

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August 26, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Wants and gets are two different things. He wanted to win a title in Orlando, he got the reputation of a Jr. High School girl...

Time find another story.

August 26, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Re-thread story from yesterday. Time to move on! Stop the whining and sour graping! You can tell who's still sour grape about the decision! And 1 2 3....

August 26, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Dwight Howard will never get a ring in his career, this thug is a total mess please enough with moron of the year

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August 26, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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Dwight Howard will never get a ring in his career, this thug is a total mess please enough with moron of the year

I don't like your comment, but your avatar is awesome ;)

August 26, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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LA made their choice, he made his.I personally think he is/was right....The buss' and kupkake didn't

If LA did amnesty Kobe & Kobe signed with another team, the pressure on Dwight would have been huge. The team wouldn't have been very good -- I think it would have been big meltdown. (with or without Phil J -- who I doubt would have come back)

Kobe would have picked a team that would be in best position to stick it to the Lakers -- at a $$ discount.

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August 26, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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If LA did amnesty Kobe & Kobe signed with another team, the pressure on Dwight would have been huge. The team wouldn't have been very good -- I think it would have been big meltdown. (with or without Phil J -- who I doubt would have come back)Kobe would have picked a team that would be in best position to stick it to the Lakers -- at a $$ discount.

Kobe wouldn't have had the choice to pick a team. He'll have to go to the highest bidder.

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August 26, 2013  09:17 AM ET

what up peeps

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August 26, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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That would have been awful...lolPhilly is what, 10-15 million under the mandatory team salary for this season?Could you imagine? I know it's not in his nature. But if I were him, I would have pulled a Bynum by collecting a salary and never, EVER step foot on the court in that uni....lol

That would have happened. He would have threatened the team who picked him up and he had a choice because of his injury.

August 26, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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Kobe wouldn't have had the choice to pick a team. He'll have to go to the highest bidder.

Wrong. The worst teams would have had right of first refusal.

August 26, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Amnestied players sign for the veteran minimum because the other team is paying them their Amnestied salary.

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August 26, 2013  09:31 AM ET

There is no highest bidder among Amnestied players.

 
August 26, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Dwight Howard will never get a ring in his career, this thug is a total mess please enough with moron of the year

What is it with some white sports fans calling black athletes thugs every time they do something you don't agree with? Is it you way of calling him the N word? Like saying Urban instead of black? God I hate that.

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