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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 11:40 am  |  35 responses

Steve Nash Wants Dwight Howard to Remain a Laker


After a nightmarish season with the Lakers, there’s no telling if Dwight Howard will return next season. He’s certainly not giving very many hints. Dwight’s teammates seem to want him back, with Steve Nash saying that Los Angeles is the place for the soon-to-be free agent. Per the LA Daily News: “I’m very hopeful that Dwight will be back,’ Nash said. ‘I think this is the place for him. He’s in the prime of his career. He’s got his best years ahead of him. He can play for one of the greatest franchises in sports and an amazing city. This has got to be the place for him, and I’m hopeful that he sees it that way.’ Howard hasn’t publicly stated his intentions. He would earn $117.9 million with a five-year deal if he signed with the Lakers. He would earn $87.9 million over four years if he went somewhere else. Yet, plenty of Lakers, including Jodie Meeks, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark, all sounded confident Howard would return. ‘I know he loves this city. I know he loves the team,’ Meeks said. ‘We got pretty close this year as friends – from the same hometown (Atlanta). I can’t really say exactly what he’s going to do, but I know he likes the city.’ Plenty of things plagued Howard, though. He played through the entire season plagued by back surgery and a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds, his lowest numbers since the 2006-07 season. Howard went through adjustments playing with Kobe Bryant, adapting to his domineering personality and handling the heightened media scrutiny. Howard at times, openly argued with Nash on the court over failed defensive rotations and pick-and-roll sequences. ‘Of course, you’re going to see the lows, and those are going to be highlighted,’ Nash said. ‘To me generally, it was really good. Dwight and myself formed a relationship. Dwight was a good presence throughout the year.’”

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  • LLC#12

    Even with their shockingly shallow bench, if healthy, this could still a good team. Howard, Gasol and Nash is a good enough core to get this team to the high 50s in wins next year if everyone can stay healthy. I’ve heard a lot of people saying he should go to Houston, but I like the core of players they already have, and I think Dwight is too big a piece to try and shove in there.

  • shockexchange

    Nash has 3 reasons for Rent-A-Center to stay, but the Shock Exchange has 5 reasons for him to leave http://www.clicky.me/rentacenter … as the theme from “Jeopardy” plays ad in finitum

  • RayJr

    Their bench didn’t start out as shallow. Starters were dropping like flies throughout the season, forcing backups into starting roles, thus making the bench shallow. If the team stayed healthy, the bench is actually not that bad with Hill, Meeks and Blake.

  • LLC#12

    I agree with you to an extent, but when you look at other contenders and their 6th and 7th guys compared to the Lakers, big difference. Also, I like Steve Blake as a player, but when Nash is already a defensive question, I think the Lakers need a backup PG who they can rely on on that end, and Blake isn’t that guy.

  • RayJr

    Eric Bledsoe? Also what the Lakers really lacked was a Trevor Ariza type that Earl Clark showed signs that he could be, but really just fell off after the all-star break. He was just terrible the last 2 months of the season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Kobe..

  • LLC#12

    Yeah of course, but I’m going on the basis that he won’t be a factor for the majority of next season, hopefully he will be back near to christmas though.

  • Drig

    He had a bum wrist or something. That totally destroyed his confidence in his shot allegedly and the rest is history.

  • LLC#12

    Amen, Bledsoe would be perfect to split minutes with Nash. And you’re right about Clark, if he could have become that kind of player, he would have had a big impact off the bench, but I don’t really think he is a good player. Very curious to see how the Lakers retool this summer.

  • spit hot fiyah

    f@wk, i wasn’t supposed to click on this

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    He will be a factor for ALL of next season. He’ll be there game one and pick up where he left off. But I think Nash is washed. His body can’t handle it anymore.

    I do think Howard and Gasol could be a force. ONLY if Dwight is Orlando Dwight and Pau is healthy. Both big ifs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    He picked it up there again for a few games, but you’re right, he completely fell off. I’d attribute some of that to being thrust into a major role with major minutes battling for a playoff spot out of nowhere.

  • RayJr

    I see a lot of changes happening. 2013-2014 is going to be an even rougher ride.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Bledsoe would be awesome, but the Lakers are in deep financially. If we keep Dwight-Pau-Kobe-Nash as you suggested, we can’t sign Bledsoe.

  • Caboose

    I’d update that, y’know?

  • Caboose

    Ha. The siren call beckoning you to these craggy shoals.

  • RayJr

    Yeah someone has to get amnestied.

  • shockexchange

    Just say “I co-sign whatever the Shock Exchange says” and keep it moving.

  • Pauly

    Send Artest to Sacramento, then send Sacramento to Seattle

  • robb

    not with D’antoni.

  • dg

    Phil jackson and dwight howard to the clippers.

  • Dacre

    Best response in 2013.

  • Caboose

    Nah, I only do that with nbk.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That’s the old switcharoo, starting the headline with “Steve Nash” instead of “Dwight”.

  • shockexchange

    You’ve just out-shocked the Shock Exchange! Note to himself: Leave Caboose the $#@1%$$ alone.

  • Noompsi

    F**kin A. Guaranteed title.

  • Noompsi

    Nbk??? u high bra

  • Noompsi

    THE problem with LAL is D’antoni. That’s it. Play some D fellas

  • Caboose

    It’s a running joke here on SLAM, breh.

  • Traders

    Hahahaha, then Seattle to OKC. LOL :)

  • LakerGM

    D’Antoni is not the problem, The Injuries put the Lakers in Jeopardy. Accept the truth Guys. Don’t have the right to blame who ever because you’re not with them all the time, The only thing we can hope is every one of the Lakers players be healthy next season.

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  • chris

    Its very simple… 1 energetic player can make a difference. My suggestion is to amnesty mwp and sign TREVOR ARIZA. ive always felt that trading mwp for ariza was stupid. He helped us out so much

  • Drig

    You do realize that LAL wouldn’t have won vs the Celts if we had Ariza instead of Artest. Right?

    Also, have you even seen how Ariza’s shooting has fallen off from the hot playoff streak that seems to be the only thing most Lakers fans remember about him?

  • magicman

    are you a woman?

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