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Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  68 responses

Dwight Howard Asked the Lakers About Amnestying Kobe Bryant


For Kobe Bryant, the finish line to his NBA career isn’t close. Motivated by last season’s devastating Achilles injury, Kobe continues to push the idea that he can play three-to-four more years. Dwight Howard wasn’t thrilled with the notion, and his camp reportedly approached the Los Angeles Lakers’ front-office about expediting Kobe’s exit. They weren’t trying to hear any of that, so Howard left for Houston. Per ESPN: “Sources said that Howard and his representatives — in a handful of meetings with Lakers officials before he became a free agent July 1 — strongly suggested the center would have a difficult time re-signing with the team if Bryant stayed with the franchise beyond the 2013-14 season, the final year of his contract. The Lakers, almost from the moment Howard arrived in August 2012, had gone to great lengths to assure the 27-year-old that they saw him as the future face of the franchise and that the torch would be passed from Bryant to him in short order. But with Bryant saying publicly just a week before free agency that he was thinking of playing at least two or three more seasons, it was hard for Howard to envision when he would assume that role, sources said. ‘How can it be Kobe’s team and Dwight’s team?’ one source said. ‘It was about the passing of the torch.’ As an offshoot of those discussions, sources said, Howard’s camp at one point asked the Lakers whether they were at least considering releasing Bryant through the league’s amnesty provision, since Bryant’s return date from Achilles tendon surgery remained in question. [...] But the Lakers, sources said, made it clear the prospect of releasing Bryant or simply trying to lay out a finite timetable on the end of his career with the franchise was not under consideration, believing those decisions should and would be made by Bryant. Bryant made it clear from the first day of training camp this past season that the Lakers were his team, and he saw it as his responsibility to prepare Howard for that responsibility one day. Howard stated that he was anxious to learn from Bryant, Nash and Gasol. Both Howard and Bryant were amenable to that arrangement early, but as the season wore on, it became clear to Howard that there wouldn’t be a clean transfer of power, sources said.”

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  • OfftheWall87

    Best way for Dwight to have become the leader of the Lakers is to play his way into it to the point where Kobe trusted him in that role. He didn’t want it. Nothing wrong with that really, because like Kobe said, people are built differently. And as a free agent, he could go elsewhere which he did. But him asking them about amnestying Kobe to me was solely because he wanted that spot without having to earn it. Doesn’t work that way. Especially not in LA. No way they were going to waive Kobe Bryant.

  • Conor

    This guy’s character is a good riddance.

  • shockexchange

    Good for Rent-A-Center. He wasn’t going to let Horry Jr align himself with “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” so (i) he could win a chip and (ii) take all the credit. The Shock Exchange believes that without D12, Horry Jr’s work ethic, “clutchiness,” and “he’s a winner” rep will drop off dramatically.

  • Markus437

    So he tried to get a coach fired and one of the best players in the franchises history released all so that he would resign………… Who does he think he is?

  • RayJr

    Dwight or Kobe?…so long Dwight! The guy wouldn’t have signed anyways.

  • Lloyd

    Good for the Lakers, sticking by their aging star out of loyalty. I guess it makes it an easier decision when the star in question is Kobe Bryant though.

  • pposse

    whether you like him, love, or hate him Kobe Bean Bryant has earned the right to stay with the Lakers as long as he wants. For DH and or his representatives to even think about approaching the LA Lakers front office with that type of offer/provision (to amnesty Kobe) goes to show how stupid this guy is. I am convinced DH doesn’t live on Earth at this point, his brain is stuck on Uranus. What kind of dumb agent would even bother to ask the La Lakers this question?! This is also completely opposite to what DH was quoted as saying earlier when he was talking about how Kobe had nothing to do with his decision.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the best thing for the team if they aren’t competing for titles is to amnesty Kobe and get rebuilding. well, unless they are tanking, and Kobe will remain sidelined most of the year. Having a guy whose sitting eating up 53% of your cap space is freaking great for tanking.

  • ZOGS

    ^^CO-SIGN x1000

  • bike

    Even as dumb as Dwight is, I have a hard time believing his representatives would have pulled a ‘either Kobe goes, or else’ move with LA. More likely they were simply discussing what the team would look like in the next three years.

    Still, if I were Harden, I would be getting an uneasy feeling about teaming up with Dwight.

  • berkamore

    That’s why I had to laugh when it was reported that Kobe’s pitch to Dwight was:”I can show you how to win.” I am looking at this stuff from afar and it is obvious to even me that Dwight wants his own team. Unbelievable that the Lakers couldn’t see that. (or could but just didn’t care)

  • RayJr

    He should’ve asked for Jeanie to replace Jim.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the soap opera continues, are we going to have a leaked story about the situation every day until the pre-season starts?

  • Shifty

    That coach may possibly be the worst coach for this team and in general is just s@$t now.

  • LakeShow

    lol, in his 18th pro year he will finally prove he is not clutch, a winner and will have no work ethic.
    Got it.

  • LakeShow

    Dwight, you silly little boy.

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, age has nothing to do with it. When Horry Jr is aligned with “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” he is clutch, a winner and his work ethic is unmatched. Otherwise, not so much.

  • The Seed

    I would pick Kobe too, Dwight needs to learn his place and now with him in Houston. Harden is going to want the ball and Howard will be back to wishing he would have stay in LA. Houston offense is worst than LA. LOL

  • LakeShow

    Same as the rest of the greats.

  • OfftheWall87

    Nah, Houston’s offense was 2nd in points per game last season with Harden and a bunch of shooters. No low post presence. They have an identity and they will continue to have one with Dwight. The Lakers offense looked ugly at times when they were healthy and when they weren’t.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange has a saying for moments like this, “Thou doth protest too much.”

  • Jay Brodes

    I had very little respect for d12 after this season but if this is true and i will take this with a grain of salt to be honest. so d12 has won nothing but asks to amnesty kobe who has 5 chips is the 4th all time in nba scoring history..he is really dumber than i thought! i have a lot more adjectives but i will refrain from going into blast mode. good luck in houston. hope harden just jacks shots up! oh and while i am at it..tear an acl in game1..see you xmas day when mamba drops 50 on ya Real Talk!

  • shockexchange

    Instead of comparing him to “the rest of the greats,” a better comparison would be Robert Horry.

  • Kadavour

    win

  • Basketball_iQ

    Exactly,,,, dwight wants to be GIVEN to him. Take the reigns with your play on the court. Dominate

  • Basketball_iQ

    James Harden is as unselfish as they come on the court,,,, he shares the ball on the pick n roll,,, that’s the only reason the world respects Serge Ibaka,,, James fed him,,,, Westbrook on the other hand lol,,,,
    But he’ll be fine in Houston, he’ll get touches in the paint and on the roll

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    don’t tell me that comment surprised you?

  • robb

    Who cares? he’s gone. We know how this guy operates. He pretends to be a funny, nice guy, the he goes behind your back and starts saying sh*t about you. Dude’s a hypocrite that’s why I disliked him even when he was in Orlando. He talked sh*t about SVG and then he went and hugged him in front of the media. He talked sh*t about Jameer and his former teammates when he was in LA and then he said it was taken out of context. So glad he’s gone honestly.

  • LakeShow

    When was Bob Horry a #1 and #2 option?
    I missed those years somehow.

    **Crickets for days**

  • shockexchange

    Robert Horry was option 2b (behind Cassell) in Houston. People forget what a dominant all-around player he was then. He also played with “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” so he could win a chip, just like Horry Jr.

  • LakeShow

    Q: When has Kobe ever been anything but #1 or #2 outside of his first two seasons?
    A: Never.

    Q: Why has Bob Horry only played as much as Kobe’s career MPG in 1 season?
    A: Because he is a role player.

    Just keep your little stupid shtick for someone that cares to entertain it. I have no time for trolls.

  • shockexchange

    Robert Horry is the biggest winner of his era, just like Horry Jr. That’s mad disrespectful son.

  • LakeShow

    BTW what is option 2b?
    Nothing.
    It’s called option 3.

  • shockexchange

    Horry was option #2 for most of the game, but in the last 5 minutes Cassell was #1, Hakeem #2 and Horry #3. By the way, when you say Horry Jr was never anything but #1 or #2 option, just because he was #1 or #2 in shot attempts doesn’t mean he was the #1 or #2 option.

  • LakeShow

    You have just completely forgotten about Clyde Drexler I guess lol…

  • shockexchange

    Drexler was way past his prime. And you need to cut down the vitriol towards the Shock Exchange and direct it towards Rent-A-Center. After all, it was he who thought Horry Jr’s game was such trash that LA should amnesty him.

  • LakeShow

    It’s vitriol to proclaim truth above all… okay.

    So when your past your prime you can’t be a 1-3 option on a team…Okay.
    You are really running circles around me here smarty pants. Slow it down.

  • LakeShow

    Robert Horry has played over 30 minutes per game 3 times in his 17 year career…

  • shockexchange

    Clyde Drexler will always be “Clyde” but in all honesty, he was a shadow of his former self in Houston. At best he was the #4 option behind Horry. It’s just people who don’t know anything about basketball who would think otherwise. Horry’s defense (guarded 3-5), rebounding, scoring (when needed) and intangibles were as much to do with those Houston chips as anything else. He was a “Poor Man’s” Scotty Pippen, and he was 6’10″ too.

  • shockexchange

    If Robert Horry was a role player then what does that make Horry Jr?

  • LakeShow

    Why were they having their 4th option shooting more than their #2 and #3 options?

    Why were they having their 4th option play the 2nd most minutes?

    Why were they having their 4th option putting up the 2nd best statistics?

    Because he wasn’t the 4th option he was the 2nd ya’ dodo.

  • LakeShow

    His son.

  • LakeShow

    Can you please tell me who the 1st and 2nd options were on the Lakers during these years where Kobe took the most FGA’s.

    Was it Fox? Fisher? Smush? Odom? Medvedenko?

  • shockexchange

    Lake Act (because the Lakers’ season won’t last long enough to be a “show”) – Clyde was the de facto 4th option because the Shock Exchange told he was. Who in their right mind would believe Clyde whose best years were behind him was more important than Horry or Cassell? Only someone who doesn’t know basketball or who didn’t actually see those playoff games.

  • shockexchange

    Shaq was the #1, #2, and #3 option. At best Horry Jr could have been the #4 option, and that’s being kind.

  • shockexchange

    So Horry Jr’s name should really be “Son of Horry”? Lake Act you’ve just “outshocked” the Shock Exchange!

  • LakeShow

    Was LeBron too the 1 through 3 options for his team this year or is he 4th also?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • LakeShow

    Clyde(20-6-5-2 46% fg’s) is the 4th option and Bob Horry is a 2nd option because “the Shock Exchange told he was.”
    Got it. Let the history books be remade with haste!

  • shockexchange

    Please step away from the Wikipedia …

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the words in the website are right in front of your face and you still said Wikipedia……

  • shockexchange

    Signs that Rent-A-Center wanted out of L.A. were right in front of your face and you still said, “I guarantee he’ll re-sign. He got 30 million reasons why he’ll sign with L.A.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    didn’t guarantee it. i said i would bet on it.
    .
    and in those conversations, i guaranteed he wouldn’t go to Brooklyn. Where you insisted he was going.
    .
    Say what actually happened, not a convoluted half truth that makes the shock exchange look like he may have been right about something.

  • shockexchange

    Horry was the 2nd best player on the court until Sam Cassell checked into the game. Put it in your diary Lake Act.

  • LakeShow

    Even if he was the 2nd best player, he wasn’t the 2nd option.

  • shockexchange

    And after all the back and forth the Shock Exchange stands corrected, Horry Jr shouldn’t be amnestied. Thanks for clearing that up, but who’s going to tell Rent-A-Center?

  • shockexchange

    And after all the back and forth the Shock Exchange stands corrected, Horry Jr shouldn’t be amnestied. Thanks for clearing that up, but who’s going to tell Rent-A-Center?

  • Evan Boland

    He brought his team to the playoffs nearly solo. 40 and 10 back to back games? Incredible. I wonder how many people have even every done that? Maybe Jordan, Bird?

    The game against the Raps. EPIC. Same as against Golden State. He had some crazy epic clutch games last season. Reminiscent of ’10 when he had like 10 game winners.

  • shockexchange

    Now that he is aligned with merely “more talent than the rest of the L” let’s see what Horry Jr does this season.

  • rande3p

    He was a beast last year… ppl judging by age are just naive

  • playa

    And Kobe ended up being portrayed the selfish,arrogant,douchebag self who runs everyone out of town,so can we call Dwight’s mission semi-succes??

  • LakeShow

    Yes let’s wait for him to have the worse injury of his career, turn 35 years of age, and give him the worse squad he’s been with in 7+ seasons then let us start judging his skills at that point…
    That is incredibly logical.

  • robb

    lol man I love your posts, funny as hell. Now seriously what do you think?

  • shockexchange

    Rent-A-Center can carry a team on his own. He knows however, that Horry Jr needs “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” so he can win a chip. Rent-A-Center has the power and played hardball – “Amnesty this glorified role player (Horry Jr) or I walk.” He did the right thing.

  • makoface

    what a chump this guy is seriously. you dont amnesty your franchises greatest (arguably) player. you treat him with respct. dwight never seemed to give it to kobe, and never got it. my favourite- and most disgusted moment was when howard was doing gangnam style in the middle of a game, and kobe was like..” i dont ride horseys.”

    i wish robinson, hakeem, dikembe, ewing, shaq, zo, sabonis, smits, daughtery, and all those great bigs could jump n a youth machine for one day, step on the court, whoop his ass, and then go back , just to expose how weak a centre this guy really is. in the 90′s he d literally be the 6th best centre. maybe.

  • shockexchange

    Zab, the Shock Exchange concurs. When Horry Jr is aligned with “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” his work ethic is “real” son. Otherwise, not so much.

  • Clos1881

    Here’s a tip for you guys believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.

  • Markus437

    Unfortunately Kobe’s probably viewed like that to some

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