With Dwight Howard’s decision looming over the NBA during the beginning of free agency, details of the meetings between Howard and the team are surfacing. Sources are reporting Howard would have stayed with the Los Angeles Lakers under two conditions. The fist would be that the Lakers would fire Mike D’Antoni, which most Lakers fans would be happy with, and the second would be to grant amnesty to Kobe Bryant. Yes, you heard me, grant amnesty to Bryant. Did the Lakers mess up by not listening to him?
With Howard going to be the face of the franchise in the future, resigning him was key. In order to attract superstar players to come and play in Los Angeles, you must have attractive assets. However, in this case, the price for Howard was way too much. The fact that a guy who lacks leadership and the will to win could possibly force out another coach, and then force the departure of one of the best players in the history of the game is just ridiculous. Howard wanted the Lakers to himself, and the Lakers did the right move by letting him walk.
“Dwight didn’t want to play with Kobe for two or three more years,” Buss said. “I’m going to stand behind Kobe because of his history with the franchise.”
Bryant isn’t the easiest player to play with, but he has brought consistent success to the team for 17 years. Even with his injury, Bryant is still a top player in the NBA today, and no matter what Howard says about it, Bryant will be a Laker for life. Like the Orlando Magic situation, Howard thought he could hold the Lakers hostage and force them to change their ways for him. Thankfully that wasn’t the case. The Lakers refused his demands, and let him walk.
In the future, when looking back at this story, fans will realize how important it was for the Lakers to move on from Howard. His lack of sufficient offensive skills, poor attitude and lack of professionalism will not be missed in Los Angeles. This showed that playing under the bright lights of Los Angeles isn’t easy ,and only the strong will survive.