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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.
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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.

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:05 pm

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

The only thing I can agree with this entire comment is the last point you made - they need a Point Guard "pronto."  You can debate "who's better" between Bynum and Howard and after all the stats are compared, it really does not matter as long as they both stay healthy, they can help their teams somewhat.  If you ask me, I have been a Laker fan all my life, but have not been a Bynum fan ever since he was drafted - why?  He is a very inmature kid, he's not ago-getter, he does not challenge shots on a consistent basis like D12 does (that tells me he's lazy), and more importantly, he does not know how to block out to get those rebounds (need I say more?)  Speaking of Guards - they have one of the most worthless guards to come out of this year's draft, but they just don't care.  This is a BIG problem and let-down to their melt-downs.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:55 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

If Kobe really did try to scare off Dwight Howard, it's only because he truly believes his best chance at winning another championship this season and/or next is with Gasol and Bynum isntead of just Howard.  And he's right.  Those 2 guys help more than Howard alone would.  Howard straight up is better than either of them, but I'll take those two over just Howard.  Now, if they can manage to get Howard and keep Gasol....forget about it, the title would be locked up.  Even with no point guard....Kobe, Artest, Gasol, Howard...they win the title over Heat or Bulls.

Anyways, as a Lakers fan, I kind of think they should keep Gasol and Bynum, make a run at a good point guard on a losing team before the deadline (maybe Steve Nash) and try to win that way.  Derek Fischer and Steve Blake aren't good enough.  

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:55 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

Why not give the Lakers the #1 draft pick every year, and save us all the "DRAMA" of watching every team's pick disappear to Tinseltown after their initial contract ends?

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:46 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

First off even if this trade takes place Howard is young and it will be his team (first in the pecking order) within 2 years, Kobe will have very little left in the tank after this season.  Second thing this trade makes no sense, giving up Bynum for Howard does not win the Lakers a Championship, Bynum is the second best center in the league and good enough to win a title.  The lakers need a point guard, plain and simple, no point guard, no chance.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:35 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

Howard to the Lakers is a done-deal. The rest is just show. Howard wants it. Kobe NEEDS it for another ring to go by Jordan. The NBA wants this to happen. Big star in Tinseltown. The rest of the drama is handwaving. It's just a matter of time.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:27 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know whose team it is

I don't get it. This sounds more like gossip to me. How can you know what was said in a private phone conversation? Key parts of the discussion are not discolsed I suspect.

The truth is, Howard needs a Kobe type on the wing and Kobe needs a Dwight type inside. There is no issue here. Of course Kobe will handle the ball more and get lots of shots but Dwight will get better looks as a result. Same as Paul with the Clips, D Will with the Nets and Dirk with the Mavs, Dwight needs a player to do things he can't do. With all the attention these stars get on the court, it will be easy pickings for Dwight.

If Dwight's ego doesn't want this, he should stay in Orlando where he will be top dog on a team unable to win a title. Dwight knows better and will share the stage with a star to win a title.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:17 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know who's team it is

whatever its not Bryants team at least in reality he is not than domianant

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:16 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know who's team it is

Typical me first mentality from a player in the NBA.  Doesn't matter if it's Kobe or anyone else, including Howard.  Howard wants to be the man and win a championship.  Kobe want's to be the man and win a championship.  Can't have your cake and eat it too. This is one reason this league fail's.  All the little baby's who miss the bigger picture of what it really takes to win.  There all about themselves and promoting themselves to the market's yet they want to come off as the good guy.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:14 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know who's team it is

All the more reason for DH to stay in Orlando.  Why deal with Kobe's over-inflated ego?  He will likely be #2 no matter where he goes (Chicago, Dallas, LA, etc).  In Orlando, he is #1 and the Magic are HIS team. 

If Orlando's ownership would realize the short-comings of their present GM and replace Otis with a true talent evaluator, the team can be turned around and be able to keep their superstars and perhaps attract others. 

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:14 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know who's team it is

I generally think it's kind of annoying when people point out petty grammar mistakes, but this one is ridiculous. Are you serious, bro? Go back to elementary school. And the article itself...huh? Just a bunch of nonsense. And did Howard really think he'd show up in LA and be the #1 guy over Kobe, who'd been there his whole career? Shouldn't really be a big shocker.

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