Originally posted on Bob's Blitz  |  Last updated 8/25/13
We've known since July that Dwight Howard wanted Kobe Bryant out if he were to sign with the Lakers. "How can it be Kobe’s team and Dwight’s team?" one source said. "It was about the passing of the torch." "As an offshoot of those discussions, sources said, Howard’s camp at one point asked the Lakers whether they were at least considering releasing Bryant through the league’s amnesty provision, since Bryant’s return date from Achilles tendon surgery remained in question." Now, Ric Bucher adds that DH also wanted Mike D'Antoni fired: 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. **Follow us on Twitter, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return to BobsBlitz.com.Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe or Return to Bob's Blitz.
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