Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Dwight Howard really didn’t want to play with Kobe Bryant. According to a report, Howard was willing to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers if they were willing to give him a quick timetable on Kobe leaving. Bryant can become a free agent at the end of the 2013-2014 season. From Marc Stein at ESPN: Sources told ESPN.com that Howard and his representatives — in a handful of meetings with Lakers officials before he became a free agent July 1 — strongly suggested the center would have a difficult time re-signing with the team if Bryant stayed with the franchise beyond the 2013-14 season, the final year of his contract. This screams Dwight Howard and is totally believable. Howard also didn’t want to play for Mike D’Antoni, who the Lakers hired instead of Phil Jackson shortly after firing Mike Brown. It was reported that Howard wanted Jackson. Howard also wanted Stan Van Gundy fired in Orlando, prior to being traded. Van Gundy was fired. The Houston Rockets may have got the man they desired, but now he is GM Daryl Morey and coach Kevin McHale’s problem. It probably won’t be long until he complains about them or teammate James Harden. [...]

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