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Jim Buss Said Howard Was Not Willing To Play With Kobe Bryant

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DwightIt felt like such a long time ago since Dwight Howard was a Los Angeles Laker and fans were anticipating another championship banner. However, the big man is now in Houston and the team has low expectations heading into the 2013-14 season.

Jim Buss plans to develop this team starting this season with a rebuilding process. The Lakers are hoping to capitalize on the free agency class of 2014 and get the franchise back on the winning side.

Howard never felt like a good fit with the Laker and RealGM writes that Buss said Howard was not willing to play with Kobe for 2-3 more seasons

“Dwight didn’t want to play with Kobe for 2-3 more years,” Buss said. “I’m going to stand behind Kobe because of his history with the franchise.”

The Lakers did make some nice additions to the roster over the off season with players like Chris Kaman, Nick Young and Jordan Farmar joining the team. Nevertheless, the health of Kobe Bryant will be an important factor in how far this roster can go and if they can make a push for the post season.

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  • vdogg

    screw dwight howard. he is kidding himself if he thinks he will be the top dog on a championship team. when you can’t hit FTs down the stretch, you can’t close games. simple as that. buss and the lakers did the right thing by backing kobe.

  • Kev Sanchez

    dwight might be right kobe a bit of a ball hog and really didnt fit in with dantony also so dwight went where he could get the ball full of pass gaurds and good coaches good luck dwight punk ass pussy #kobenation

  • Jim213

    This was mentioned a few months back?… However,

  • David Ramey Jr.

    I guess dwight howard can’t suck it up to win a championship

  • ra

    ok, then just chalk it up to bad timing. Maybe if it were a few years up, and Kobe had retired, then the Lakers would have been a great destination for DH.

    Otherwise, I agree with Jim (and Jeanie too), Kobe is the face of the Lakers franchise until he retires, or (heaven forbid) can no longer play. I’m sure that if he felt he could not play at a level he considers a ‘high level’, that he would seriously consider retiring.

  • Jojob

    “The Lakers are hoping to capitalize on the free agency class of 2014 and get the franchise back on the winning side.”

    Sure, that can be a start.
    But, they aren’t going to get LeBron. The Lakers aren’t the choice that serves him best.
    Carmello is very unlikely and, despite his prodigious offensive skills, isn’t the kind of “team” player that makes a team a real contender.
    So yeah, they can improve using both free agency and their draft pick in 2014.
    But, I hope they keep a good chunk of cap space reserved for the free agency class of 2015.
    There isn’t a quick fix to their situation. It’s going to take some time and patience.

    • nlruizjr

      Wade, Lebron and Carmelo are quickly heading towards 30′s and that’s generally when these athletes start to slow down due to injury or father time or both. I see no advantage for the Lakers to go after someone who is on the horizon of their 30′s. Best start looking for the next Kobe, Shaq, Magic, etc.

    • Jim213

      Disagree, given Lebron will strongly consider the Knicks in 2014 FA. If so don’t expect Melo to stick around to be a second fiddle if Lebron happens to help the Knicks win a ring. Melo also isn’t guaranteeing anything past 2014 to the Knicks too. However, for Wade two option IMO the Heat or going back to his hometown Chi-town.

    • richard

      While I disagree with you on that it is going to take some to time to get to challenging championship, I do agree with you that LJ, Melo are long shots for the Lakers… I would really consider Paul George if he opts for free agency. Wade is a shadow of himself. And I wouldn’t want him on LAL at 30yo.

      We do have a nice young bench in Young, Wes, Farmar, and Hill… Plus veterans in Kobe, Pau, and Kaman… we only need to secure 1 max player and a borderline all star player. If FO can do this, it’s winning time again in lala land.

  • Fred Elliott Sr.

    Kobe got me 5 cookies. Dwight Coward has won zero and got me zero. who do I choose ?

  • emjayR

    let go of the most despised playerD12.. He is still no one.. Get a ring first before you demand…

  • SpringBreakers

    Come on man!Dissing Kobe like dat what up wit dat?Dwight ain’t a real g he a sell out and a two face backstabba.He not down to sacrifice his stats or be a team playa for da sake of da team winning he messes up wit da game of basketball ya’ll.He not real ya’ll cuz real recogonize real homie.Dwight Howard is wack and a overrated fool.Dwight Howard gotz no offensive post moves folks.Keep it real dog!Da legendary Kobe Vino is gonna show dem boys in Houston Rockets uniforms who da man still is foe realz.Dwight is a sell out and he wack as hell missing dem free throws boy is a joke dog.HA HA HA HA!

  • micjamal

    He didn’t want to play with a winner because he is a cry baby and a QUITTER……#QUITTERS NEVER WIN #GOOD RIDDENS #LAKERNATION!!!

  • quickster007

    Just let go, concentrate on getting Demarcus Cousins. I know his a head case but he has more upside than Howard. Look on you tube for his highlights. Its more impressive than Howard. Phil Jackson can pretty much know how to handle him.

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