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I wouldn’t classify this as a big secret, but in retrospect the Lakers made a mistake when they brought in Mike D’Antoni. They should have either let Mike Brown ride out the season or brought back Phil Jackson. Any other alternatives were going to cause tension if the Lakers didn’t win immediately.
I don’t think D’Antoni did a bad job, considering all the injuries the Lakers had, but you just got the sense all the players weren’t on board with his system and style of coaching.
ESPN is reporting that Dwight Howard was the main star not happy with D’Antoni.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, part of the discussion between Howard and Kupchak centered around Howard’s frustration with D’Antoni — particularly how the center felt marginalized as the coach looked to Bryant and Steve Nash for leadership and suggestions and discounted Howard’s voice.
D’Antoni chose not to retain assistant coach Chuck Person, a Howard confidant, on his staff for next season.
“We had to just sell out to whatever he wanted, whether we liked it or not,” Howard said of D’Antoni following his exit interview. “We had to do what was going to benefit the team, and being one of the leaders on the team, I had to make sure I kept the guys in line to what the coach wanted us to do.”
These are similar comments that Howard made about Stan Van Gundy before he got him fired and left Orlando. It doesn’t appear the Lakers are going to get rid of D’Antoni, so it will be interested to see if this affects Howard’s free agent decision.
Just like most things in life, this comes down to money. Does Howard want to leave $30 million on the table to run from the responsibility of being the next great center in LA? Only time will tell.
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The latest news surrounding Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers should come as a surprise to no one. While most people feel that Howard will return to LA next season if for no other reason than the Lakers can offer him over $30 million more than any other team, the decision may not be that simple. According to ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin, Howard is reportedly frustrated...
Dwight Howard isn’t rational, but if you were to look at this logically, it is pretty simple.
$30 Million and the life of a Laker (which is different from any other team in the league) or go to a younger team where the scrutiny and attention wouldn’t be as great.
According to USA Today that is what Dwight is struggling with.
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From the time the Los Angeles Lakers announced Mike D’Antoni would be their new head coach, questions surrounded how he would fit with All-Star center Dwight Howard. During the big man’s exit interview following the disappointing season, Howard expressed his frustration with D’Antoni to general manager Mitch Kupchak, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles.Howard...
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According to a CBS report, free agent center Dwight Howard is no lock to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and is most intrigued by playing in Houston, where All-Star guard James Harden led the league's youngest team to the playoffs, where it was eliminated in six games by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It seems that there is a terrible trend happening for NBA player Dwight Howard. For the past few years in the offseason it seems that Howard is involved with trade talks and team chemistry issues. Howard has been working on his diva role more than his free throws. Los Angeles is not the right fit for Howard because the media puts a ton of pressure on stars to win NBA titles.
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Kobe isn’t a dumb person, no matter what you think of Dwight Howard personally, if he leaves the Lakers, it will lessen their chances of winning next year.
Next year, maybe all that Kobe has left, so it makes sense that he will try to convince him to stay. He has no real alternative but to try to make it work with Dwight.
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