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Photo Credit | NBC SportsWhen a team plays poorly there are always some options that the GM has at their disposal. They can trade for some players, look to the free agent market for some sort of spark, or maybe the coach is to blame. In the case of the Los Angeles Lakers, Mitch Kupchak really hasn’t been left with any except to trade one of our All Star pieces.The Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown, only 5 games into the 2012-13 NBA season, and soon after hired Mike D’Antoni, completely snubbing 11-time World Champion Phil Jackson. So that makes it very difficult to fire D’Antoni to hire yet ANOTHER head coach. The Lakers would then have three head coaches on their payroll, with two of them at home laughing at how the Lakers can’t seem to get their act together.Ronald Martinez | Getty ImagesKupchak has been pushed to this point by the poor and lackluster play by the Lakers thus far this season. I feel (as I know many of you feel also) that there needs to be a change; I truly wish that the Lakers organization had hired Phil when they had the chance, but that didn’t happen, and we will have to look elsewhere now. Trading seems to be the only logical thing to do at this point and there are a few players that would be perfect center pieces, most notably Dwight Howard.There has been the idea that Dwight isn’t truly happy here in LA, and his true home lies in Brooklyn with the Nets. The Nets know this and have since began looking for a possible trade scenario that would land Howard in Brooklyn. However, the Nets’ GM Billy King has been looking for a third team in which to facilitate this trade, and most recently, that team had been the Minnesota Timberwolves. The possible trade called for Howard going to Brooklyn, Brook Lopez to Minnesota, and Kevin Love to Los Angeles, with some other smaller pieces thrown in to make the trade work. More from that trade scenario can be read here.Garrett W. Ellwood | Getty ImagesUnfortunately, Kevin Love has since been sidelined for 8-10 weeks due to re-injuring his broken hand. That kind of makes this trade impossible as Los Angeles doesn’t want an injured Kevin Love for All-Star Dwight Howard, even if his performance has been sub-par recently. The Nets will continue to find a suitable third team for the trade, as they clearly want Dwight Howard on their roster so they can make a strong playoff push.Personally, I feel our problem isn’t Howard or Gasol and trading them would make things worse at this point. That said, as I noted earlier, a new head coach isn’t an option. D’Antoni is a great head coach for a team that can mesh with his system, but the Los Angeles Lakers are NOT that team. As long as D’Antoni is head coach and Jim Buss is still running the organization, the Lakers cannot be successful with this current roster.Trading Dwight is the best option that the Los Angeles Lakers have right now and receiving a great couple of pieces in return would be best. After such a thrilling off season and excitement building up to this season it kills me to say that we need to trade the player the Lakers worked so hard to acquire, but it has to be done.The post Nets Look at Trading for Howard Again appeared first on Laker Nation.
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How happy are the Nets now that they don’t have Dwight Howard?
The superstar center’s departure from Orlando is well known. First he wanted out, then he said he would stay but the entire time he really just wanted to come to Brooklyn to play for the new look Nets. When that became apparent, the Nets tried to acquire Howard but couldn’t get a deal done and moved on.
Rumor has it that before Kevin Love had broken his hand, he was headed down to Los Angeles and Brooke Lopez was headed to Minnesota…..sending the unhappy Dwight Howard to the Nets.
Brooklyn might be a better fit for Howard actually. And Love would have done good work for the Lakers.
Ahhhhhh….what could have been.
Dwight Howard attempted just five shots in the Lakers' loss to the Bulls on Monday.
HE AIN'T HEAVY...
The NBA analyst (and brother to Stan Van Gundy who coached Dwight Howard in Orlando) did not mince his words when expressing his thoughts on the Lakers center.
Dwight Howard has publicly expressed dissatisfaction about his role under Mike D'Antoni.
Dwight Howard always wanted to go to Brooklyn. The newness of the franchise and the chance to create a new legacy -- in a big market -- enticed Howard greatly. If only the other half of his mind had not convinced him to stay in Orlando for another half year and send himself into purgatory and eventually re-request his trade out of Central Florida.
By the time Howard had finally...
The Lakers continue their downward spiral towards the bottom of the Western Conference. Do they fire Mike D’Antoni? Do they trade Dwight Howard, or even Pau Gasol?On the latest episode of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak, David Brickley and Jason Riley ask the question: If you owned the Lakers, what would be your very first move? Be sure to leave us a comment for a chance to win...
Lakers center Dwight Howard has aggravated his right shoulder
injury against the Memphis Grizzlies and is out for the second
The Lakers will not entertain trading Dwight Howard before the February deadline.
The Los Angeles Lakers are struggling. They won in the loss column once again after falling to the Memphis Grizzlies. Before playing with the Grizzlies, the Lakers had an extended shoot-around to voice their problems and concerns. According to the Los Angeles Times, players went all out and made sure if there were any problems [...]
The Los Angeles Lakers are in trouble.
Does Kobe Bryant have a issue with getting along with people?
Or Has Dwight Howard been a thorn in his side?
We’re about to find out as it is getting u-g-l-y in Laker Nation.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are 17-24, third in the Pacific Division, and after Monday's 95-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant says this brand of basketball "is just not acceptable." Bryant wasn't upset that the Lakers lost there third straight. It was how and where they did it that had him
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard re-aggravated the torn labrum in his right shoulder in the first half of the Lakers' game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Howard will have the shoulder
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Image Credit: Noah Graham | Getty Images“Another disappointing week in the books for the Los Angeles Lakers.” This seems to be a recurring theme for the season.After a promising 2-0 start to the week, the Lakers finished this past week with a 2-2 record; a record that will simply not cut it for the 17-23 Lakers. The Lakers started the week off with solid wins against Cleveland...
One team is 17-24 and sinking quicker than the Titanic, the other is thriving and owns the second best record in the league, a half game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder at 32-10. Both teams play in the Los Angeles in the same building (The Staples center) so if I were to tell you that the Lakers are 17-24 and the Clippers aer 32-10 would you believe it? Of course not.
LA is Lakertown...