Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 7/1/13
NBA free agency has began and SURPRISE SURPRISE the major story is "where will Dwight Howard go?"  Seems like we've been down this road a few times before, doesn't it? In spite of missing the playoffs last season and having a season with as much staged drama as any disgusting Hollywood reality show, the Lakers are desperate to have Dwight Howard re-sign with the franchise.  With Kobe Bryant attempting a comeback from a devastating achilles injury and not getting any younger, building around Dwight Howard may be (gulp) the Lakers' best hope. To entice Howard into re-signing, the Lakers are going above and beyond in the shameless flattery department by launching a #STAYD12 social media campaign. The results are quite sad, actually... #STAYD12 pic.twitter.com/KvlGXZZzlb — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 30, 2013 Good morning Los Angeles. #STAYD12 pic.twitter.com/7ofxSz1v0K — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 29, 2013 "Those guys are hard to find. They don't grow on trees." - @kobebryant #STAYD12 pic.twitter.com/uNOp75j1l8 — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 28, 2013 Kupchak had a simple message when asked about the #STAYD12 billboards: "We put them up. We care about him & would like him to stay." — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 28, 2013 If you’re walking Hollywood Blvd. looking down at the stars, don’t miss the one above you. #STAYD12 pic.twitter.com/iI5DIWSb1R — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 26, 2013 Anyone driven down Figueroa by @STAPLESCenter today? #STAYD12 pic.twitter.com/pC0aZbg28d — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 26, 2013 Here's the big takeaway from all of this very public and very desperate campaigning... YOU'RE THE LOS ANGELES &*!#ING BY GOD LAKERS!!  You're the franchise of Kareem, Jerry West, Magic, Elgin, Shaq, and Wilt.  Did you need billboards and lame photoshops to get their attention?  Of course not!  What are you doing? Why are you acting so sad and pathetic like you're the Charlotte Bobcats???
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