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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  11 responses

Dwight Howard Fired His Business Manager and Cousin


Family and business don’t always mix well. Nine seasons into his NBA career, it’s a lesson Dwight Howard has finally come to learn. The Los Angeles Lakers center has severed ties with Kevin Samples, Howard’s cousin and longtime business manager. Per the OC Register: “Howard is growing all on his own, single-mindedly focused on who he wants to be, and he has taken another major step forward in his career by leaving the business manager who has been Howard’s primary advisor his entire career, Kevin Samples. ‘We had nine great years together,’ Howard said. ‘Just time to go separate ways.’ For all the intangible growth Howard has discovered recently, breaking away from Samples is a concrete gesture that the past is the past – and Howard is confident in calling his own shots in the future. ‘I know what I want to accomplish,’ Howard said. ‘I’ve always written down my goals and everything I want, and I want to make sure I get ‘em. Everything I’ve lost, everything that’s gone away, I’m going to get it back.’ Samples came to Los Angeles with Howard after the trade to the Lakers, and it was hard to envision him not being around considering they’re actually first cousins – and Howard’s parents dispatched Samples to live with Howard in Orlando right after the 2004 NBA draft as a big brother/guidance counselor/business manager. Their relationship grew into Dwight Howard Enterprises, which had two and only two officers: Howard and Samples. For Howard to sever the tie is no small statement. ‘He’s still my cousin, my family, so we’ll always be around each other,’ Howard said. ‘But we just parted ways on the business side.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    if this was the advisor that kept telling him to do all these sit-down interviews with major media outlets, this was a good move.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    lol if this was the guy instructing him to do anything that he’s done over the past 2 years, then this is a GREAT move.

  • roscoe

    so… is dh12 officially becoming a hard @ss.

    no more mr. nice guy?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.chester.982 Brian Chester

    Dwight wants to get into Hollywood movies and stuff now that he’s in LA. You have to have a certain type of agent and business manager for that.

  • bike

    Dwight says that if Kevin can’t stop him from saying stupid stuff, then he will find someone who will.

  • robb

    if this was the guy instructing him to do anything that he’s done over the past 2 years, Dwight shouldn’t consider him family anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    LOL, maybe he’s cutting all contact with him, and not just on the business side. you never know

  • hehehe

    That guy was stealing from D12 thats why he fired him. Media not going to tell people that lol

  • bonk

    Dwight is a grown ass man who can make decisions for himself. I mean come on first mistake was hiring his cousin who was fresh out of high school as well smh

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he fires family? smh

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