Does Dwight Howard Belong in LA as Lakers’ Face of the Future?

We'll only know if Dwight Howard belongs with the Los Angeles Lakers if he agrees to return to Hollywood.

Rumors of his supposed interest in other teams mean nothing. Until the big man actually makes his decision, we won't know where he's fit to play. Currently, all we have to go on is hearsay, and that's not enough.'s Chris Broussard's latest report is no exception. He posits that Howard has no plans of re-signing with the Lakers because of his apparent distaste for Mike D'Antoni and Kobe Bryant:

There is very little chance of Dwight Howard re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, according to sources close to the situation.

Howard is willing to forgo the extra $30 million the Lakers can pay him to play for a coach and in a system he feels will better utilize his skill set, one source said.


Howard's major problem with the Lakers is the system Coach Mike D'Antoni employs. Beyond that, he did not enjoy playing with Kobe Bryant, though he could manage to do so in a different system, a source said. Howard also does not want to be second fiddle to Bryant for several more seasons.

Per Broussard, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are also now the favorites to land Howard's services this summer, ahead of the Lakers.

When asking yourself if any of this is possible, believe that it is. There's only one season tying Superman to the Lakers. Devout loyalty isn't cultivated in just one year. That is to say, not with the campaign the Lakers had.

Howard played through back and shoulder injuries, and the Lakers clinched a playoff berth by the skin of their teeth. They were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs, and Dwight was ejected in their final game.

To make matters worse, Howard reportedly complained about D'Antoni's coaching style during his exit interview. His feud with Kobe ...

About the Author