Jordan Hill “Shocked” Dwight Left After Conversation Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers held its media day at their practice facility today and the two biggest topics obviously centered around Kobe Bryant's return from his Ac The Los Angeles Lakers held its media day at their practice facility today and the two biggest topics obviously centered around Kobe Bryant's return from his Ac Rating:
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Jordan Hill “Shocked” Dwight Left After Conversation

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The Los Angeles Lakers held its media day at their practice facility today and the two biggest topics obviously centered around Kobe Bryant’s return from his Achilles injury and Dwight Howard’s departure. Most of the Lakers were only concerned about this upcoming season, but Jordan Hill shared a conversation he had with Howard before the decision.

While most correctly predicted that Howard would eventually sign with the Houston Rockets, Hill talked to him before the decision and it seemed like Howard was planning on staying in Los Angeles:

“I talked to Dwight before his decision and it seemed like he was leaning toward staying. I was shocked when I found out that he was leaving for Houston.”

While the fan base shares the same sentiments as Kobe Bryant regarding Howard, it is an interesting story from Hill. Contrary to most reports, Howard was leaning toward staying with the Lakers and those rumored demands may have ultimately changed his mind.

With Howard not re-signing, it might have been the best thing to happen for both sides. At media day today, most of the Lakers who were on the roster last season also talked about chemistry issues. If Howard stayed, it would have continued to be an issue and the Lakers wouldn’t have gone anywhere this season or for the foreseeable future. Kobe went as far as to saying he didn’t care that Howard was gone (in different words).

With no more issues, everyone is looking forward to playing with each other and have already talked about the improved team chemistry. While there are low expectations from the media, the Lakers players and coaching staff seem to all have a chip on their shoulders and are ready to play.


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  • The Rock

    Oh well screw it lets move on boys.LOL Jordan Hill AKA THE PREDATOR hair looks dope.

  • Jim213

    Hill could care less given he’ll pick up the D now.

    • vdogg

      COULDN’T care less. but yes..

  • Jim213

    Just watched Serena Winters Twitter/Youtube link of KB24 Media day. Serena fight for your rightful spot! But per KB24′s answers it remains to be seen how the coach implements his style of play (run and gun) given today’s acquisitions. As KB24 expresses they’re not a run and gun style of team to any stretch of the imagination.

    • Daryl Peek

      That’s father time and years of comfort in triangle conditioning talking. We have more than enough horses to run IMO. One can’t make that assessment if they haven’t given it a chance yet. It’s gonna be very interesting to see how this plays out.

  • ra

    The fact that JH is shocked means that DH was giving mixed messages to the Lakers (both players, and FO), but really intended to leave all along. At worst, it kept FO from using DH in a trade.

    At best (which is what happened), the Lakers actually benefited from being separated from that pariah. He would have been toxic staying here, and messing up everyone else’s style of play.

    Bad fit … glad he’s gone …. now the Lakers are taking a completely different direction. Even if this is a ‘trial’ year, the Lakers will have a good future (as they always do).

    Example (in baseball), Andy Pettite and Mariano Rivera are retiring from the Yankees. It is said that they will be retooling in the next year. But, expect the Yankees to be on top again (somehow) – albeit not as good as Dodgers now (I’m a Dodger fan too) :)

    Lakers to basketball are like Yankees to baseball. …. They will be on top again.

    • Daryl Peek

      Agreed, Meeks said the same thing if I’m correct? Jodi was very close to Howard. I’m not mad at Howard but two faced is what it sounds like. KICK ROCKS! Next…

      • Paytc

        I agree with you. And I’m definitely not mad at Howard. I wish him well just not at the expense of the Lakers. You just have to wonder what Howard will do if things don’t work out to his likings in Houston? At some point you have to hang in there and earn your teamates trust and respect.

    • Paytc

      I agree with you. The Lakers would have wasted a lot of money if Howard would have stayed.
      I think Howard’s move was actually good for both himself and the Lakers. His heart was not in it, and he was too immature/egotistical to shut up and follow Kobe’s leadership.

      The Lakers deserve better teammates than selfish two faced ones like Howard.
      Hopefully we have the right mix of veterans and young players willing to work together.
      Kobe,Nash,and Gasol should provide all the veteran leadership any young player should need.

      It should be interesting to see how it all plays out. Bring on the season!

      • Jim213

        lol… Who was it ra or Paytc that wanted DH signed back in late 6/2013. Although, it may have been someone else but like I mentioned back then he wasn’t worth $118 mil. This would’ve limited the team’s chances of reloading with better overall players IMO. Hopefully D Granger is still available but this upcoming season has a lot at stake for many teams, especially those expecting to be in the Finals.

    • Eddie Lazaro

      He did the same thing in back in Orlando. The guy is never committed on anything but himself and his commitment is the dough he makes. He can not handle the pressure & scrutiny of the Lakers Family, the fans and bailed out of LA. Good that he decided to go to the desert reservation where he set his tent for his next Circus Gig. Lucky for the Lakers FO, they don’t have to deal with lots of money wasted in contract, cap penalties and taxes. Lots and lots of $$$$$$. We are a lot better now than last year, and guys taking pay cuts to be with the Lakers only shows a lot of inspiration being laid on the ground and a great chemistry in the making is in progressions. I love our chances, under the radar so they don’t know we are coming until they are all obliterated. All the way Lakers!

  • Golteb

    Apparently, Jordan, Dwight is not your friend.

  • Golteb

    It was quite obvious that Dwight wasn’t going to stay in LA. In ALL his interviews where he was asked if he was going to stay a Laker, never once did he answer “yes.”

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