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Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:10 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 11:16 am
 
Kobe Bryant is talking to Dwight Howard, but is he moving Howard away from the Lakers? (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

There are various rules and regulations that prohibit NBA teams and players from talking to one another in regards to recruiting for a trade. But when that player has been given permission to talk to other teams, that all goes out the window. Such is the case with Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant, who have apparently become like teenage girls gabbing on the phone with Howard weighing where he wants to be traded to, if at all. Unfortuntely for Lakers fans, it doesn't sound like Bryant's doing a great job as a pitch man.  From the Los Angeles Times
Kobe Bryant has had at least one in-depth phone conversation with Howard recently, even discussing how Howard might fit in with the Lakers' scheme.

One person with knowledge of the conversation said Howard came away feeling as if he wouldn't be the Lakers' top option, for obvious reasons. It's Bryant's team.
via Lakers-Magic center swap might be on back burner - latimes.com.

It's slightly bizarre that two stars on different teams playing Friday night have been chatting casually about their prospective dynamic should one of them join the other. But that's the new NBA. 

Bryant scaring off Howard is pretty much the most Kobe thing ever. Yes, the Lakers are 10-5, but they've also looked very beatable this season, more like a "good team that isn't winning a title" than a true contender, never more so than against the Heat (without Dwyane Wade) Thursday night. And yet Bryant has to make sure Howard knows the pecking order. It's his team, and no Defensive Player of the Year, MVP candidate,  most dominant center in the league is going to come in and take touches away from him. Bryant feels he's earned the right to determine his order in the pecking order, what with the rings and the Hall of Fame eventually and everything. 

But this isn't how you bring a talent like Howard in. That's not how his makeup is geared. You have to try and get him excited. But if Bryant is good with his guys, this is a great effort to sabotage a trade, which the Times says is on the back burner, with both teams not having talked for weeks. 

At least if Howard does push for and agree to a trade to the Lakers, he'll know for sure what he's getting into. It won't be Dwight's team. It will be Bryant's.
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Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

Hello Dwight....This is Kobe.....Wanna come to LA and play with a ball hog....OK, you gotta leave me be the star even if you're a better player than me. Now Lakers fans, tell me now how Kobe isn't all about himself?


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:43 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

kobe "HI Dwight this is Kobe.  My team and myself suck balls.  We need you.  Howard-  No thanks puzzy



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

Another example of terrible journalism.  Seriously, we are supposed to believe this idiot writer has knowledge of a phone conversation between Kobe and Dwight?  What a joke.  Besides, does anyone believe that Howard isn't smart enough to know if he went there it was "Kobe's team" or if he went somewhere else with a superstar already in place it would be the same way!

Of course Howard wouldn't be the top option.  The guy can't do anything offensively besides dunk. 

I know the media likes to trump up stories just to get people talking/reading about their websites but this is ridiculous.



Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

Two things here...

1) Wouldn't this be the same thing that Shaq went through with Bryant?  Why would Howard want to go through that crap with Bryant?

2) $$$ - And the Lakers don't have much of it.  He'll take the most from who he can.  Hello Mavericks.

 



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

was wondering how fast "you" would pick up the ol' sarcasm of mine.......................



Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

OK...... You obviously dont watch NBA!!!  Go watch Drewq BRees next week teeing off at a golf course near you!!!



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

From the outside looking in - yes, the Lakers need a Point Guard.    I know, why not trade a 3rd - round pick for D. Rose ????     For WHATEVER the reason, I just have a sinking feeling that the Commiss would let THAT one go through.....................  ;)




Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:14 pm
 

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

Amen Brother. I agree....



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

Matt, I am so happy you are prevy to private discussions between indivduals on a phone call(s). And the "one person of knowledge", wouldn't be you would it, must be in the same category of such in-depth conversations.

See folks, how the media throws sh*t on the wall and see what sticks.

Do us a favor Matt, get back to us when you have concrete facts an not speculations..... 



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