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What Did the Los Angeles Lakers Offer Dwight Howard?

We all know Dwight Howard has other interests off the court.

That is no secret, but reportedly Howard was offered by Time Warner Cable to star in his own TV show during the Los Angeles Lakers‘ meeting with center on Tuesday. Now think about that just for a second. Okay, I’m back. Howard’s decision on what franchise to play for may come down to having his own TV show … seriously?

The negotiation process with star players are getting quite ridiculous. What does a TV show have to do with winning championships? If this rumor is true, then why would the Lakers want the next face of their franchise so distracted off the court with TV shows and other unnecessary interests? It baffles me to be honest, but Los Angeles is familiar with star big men with talents outside of basketball.

When the Lakers acquired Shaquille O’Neal the summer of 1996, he was making movies and rap albums. So it’s not like they haven’t see this before. The difference is that Shaq was the most dominant force the in the NBA since Wilt Chamberlain. He destroyed opponents with his brute force every night. O’Neal was all business on the court and he rewarded the Lakers by leading the franchise, along with Kobe Bryant, to the NBA’s last three-peat.

Howard should be on the phone with Shaq right now and getting some insight on how to handle the pressure of winning and being a star off the court as well. O’Neal is the one person who can mentor Howard into juggling multiple careers at the same time if that is the route this generation’s “Superman” is willing to go.

We all know it is not all about championships when it comes with Howard. The All-Star center wants to be happy on and off the floor. The Lakers and Time Warner Cable’s offer would be what  Howard is looking for, but the pressure of winning in L.A. might scare him away to the Houston Rockets or Dallas Mavericks, where winning isn’t everything with their fan bases.

Haz Bey is a Los Angeles Lakers writer for Follow him on Twitter @Haz_Bey, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google Plus.