Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  By JOAN NIESEN  |  Last updated 8/24/13
It's been nearly two months since Dwight Howard spurned the Lakers, so we were about due for some salacious details of the negotiations to surface. They have, according to a report from CSN Bay Area, which outlines Howard's reported demands of the Lakers during free agency. Per a CSN source, Howard asked that, in order to sign him, the team fire coach Mike D'Antoni and either amnesty or "muzzle" Kobe Bryant. The first demand seems like something the team might have acquiesced to. The second, not so much, and so Howard was off to Houston for a fresh start, which may be just what he needs. However, Howard's insistence that the Lakers shape their team to his liking isnt the first of its kind. The Lakers did as much nine years ago, when they re-signed Bryant at the same time as they dealt Shaquille ONeal to Miami and fired Phil Jackson. (Jackson quickly returned.) The big difference, though, was that Bryant never explicitly demanded such changes; late owner Jerry Buss, as well as Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, were on board with the changes. The report also states that the Lakers told Howard he would have to deal with the status quo Bryant and D'Antoni for another year. With the threat of Bryant continuing to play for two or three more seasons, that apparently was simply too much for the temperamental big man to swallow.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Isaiah Thomas led charge against Kevin Love

Baker Mayfield addresses Johnny Manziel comparisons

2018 NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

Report: Rob Gronkowski in good spirits, Patriots optimistic he'll play in Super Bowl LII

Astros' Jon Singleton receives 100-game suspension

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jalen Rose: ‘Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio’

WWE fires Enzo Amore in wake of rape accusation

NFL wants Raiders to sign Kaepernick after Rooney ruling?

Jay Feely: Gisele tried to get me to convince Tom Brady to retire

Raiders to make a run at Le’Veon Bell if he becomes free agent?

Jerry Jones: Jason Garrett is not on the hot seat

The 'OK, so it's not always good to be The King' quiz

How to stop a Pats comeback: Never think you're ahead

How the Philadelphia Eagles arrived at Super Bowl LII

How the New England Patriots arrived at Super Bowl LII

Close calls: 20 MLB greats who came closest to Cooperstown but never made it

Nine reasons why the Eagles will beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII

The surprising failure of Jason Kidd

How things have changed since last Eagles-Pats Super Bowl

The Chicago Bulls' future is on the clock

Position-by-position breakdown of Super Bowl LII teams

The 'More things change...' quiz

Greatest surprise Super Bowl stars

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Close calls: 20 MLB greats who came closest to Cooperstown but never made it

The 'OK, so it's not always good to be The King' quiz

How to stop a Pats comeback: Never think you're ahead

How the Philadelphia Eagles arrived at Super Bowl LII

Greatest surprise Super Bowl stars

Position-by-position breakdown of Super Bowl LII teams

Oldest players to ever be on Super Bowl rosters

The 'More things change...' quiz

How the New England Patriots arrived at Super Bowl LII

Players with the most Super Bowl appearances

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker