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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: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:03 am

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

I find it difficult to take seriously an article *whose* title botches simple grammar.

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:57 am

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

Agreed, if Dwight wants to be da man, he should stay in Orlando. This NBA is an outside inside league, he will be number 2 no matter where he goes... Dallas, #2 to Dirk; Lakers, #2 to Kobe; Nets, yes he will be #2 to D-Will(D-Will has the ball in hand); Clippers, #3 to Blake and CP3; Chicago, #2 to D-Rose; this is just how it is, I think the bigger issue is whose beat will the team march to, Kobe is all business and Dwight is happy go lucky. One of those egos will have to give in the locker room.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:52 am

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

Nothing new here.  Kobe is acting like his typical self--arrogant, selfish, and egotistic.  That's why he'll never win another title.  Sorry Bryant, looks like #23 will have more rings than you.  Howard will be smart.  He won't sign with the purple and gold, but rather with that other young exciting team in L.A.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:47 am

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

If I am Howard, why would I go to the Lakers.  Kobe only has a couple of really good years left.  I think Howard would want a much younger team.  Chicago and the Clippers should be front runners though not sure how much each has to give up without gutting the team.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:46 am

Report: Bryant lets Howard know who's team it is SH!T. Why even write this article? Its a given. I doubt it took a phone conversation for Howard to realize that. Duh.

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