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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  7 responses

Kobe Bryant Predicts Dwight Howard Stays With the Lakers


Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard Kobe Bryant knows how important Dwight Howard is to his basketball future. Bryant says the Lakers have to “lock in” the free agent big fella, and seems to think they will this summer. Per ESPN: “There’s always so much talk going on, especially with big-name guys going here, going there, but that happens once in a blue moon,’ Bryant said. ‘I think at the end of the day, everybody stays.’ By ‘everybody,’ Bryant was referring to Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. [...] However, Bryant already has begun the pitch process of bringing back Howard. ‘I spoke to him maybe a couple weeks ago, just to check in with him, see what he was doing, see what he was up to, see how his summer was going,’ Bryant said. ‘But I haven’t spoken to him since. I know he’s got a big decision to make and I’m sure he’ll take the visits and talk to the players from the teams that he’s considering. We’ll touch base a lot more.’ [...] ‘It’s not like you have guys like Dwight Howard just walking around every day,’ Bryant said. ‘Those guys are hard to find. They don’t grow on trees. I think when you have somebody like that, with his talent level, you have to, you have to be able to keep him and lock him in with this franchise, and with the history that this franchise has of having great centers, this would, in my opinion, be the perfect spot for him.’ Even if Howard decides to stay in L.A., it remains to be seen how long it will be before Bryant joins him on the court. Bryant, who underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon in mid-April, admitted he might not be ready to play by the start of the regular season in late October. ‘I’m shooting for November, December [at the] latest,’ Bryant said. ‘That’s my goal in my head. That’s what I’m shooting for. I’m really, really determined about getting there. When they think the tendon is strong enough for me to be able to progress to doing really heavy weights and more conditioning and things like that, then it’s on me. I won’t have any fear or any worry of the tendon rupturing again. There’s nothing I can do about it. If it goes again, it goes again. But once I’m ready to go, it’s going to be on.’”

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  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    “There’s nothing I can do about it. If it goes again, it goes again.”

    That’s the mentality of a man who knows he is very very close to retirement.

    As for Dwight, Lakers are better off retooling for 2014. This season is going to be a bust either way.

  • OfftheWall87

    I still think about him telling Dwight he could be his Tyson Chandler in February 2012. Hilarious.

  • Dev

    Yeah I dont think they will be that bad without em either

  • Lloyd

    What needs to happen for Dwight to end up in Houston? I mean since the Lakers won’t do a sign and trade with anyone for him, if he wants the money he needs to stay in LA, but can he take a pay cut to go to another team?

  • OfftheWall87

    He just needs to sign there if he chooses to. It would be less money, but a better fit for him. All depends on what he wants which is anyone’s guess.

  • spit hot fiyah

    and less tax to pay and cheaper living expenses

  • Eric N. Ellington

    Now that the HEAT have one #back2back titles. Let’s start
    the offseason now! Lol : I don’t know where the fake Superman may go this
    summer, but here’s the top 5 times he likely may land. http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2013/05/31/top-5-landing-spots-for-dwight-howard/

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