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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  31 responses

Steve Nash Says the Lakers Had No Chance With Dwight Howard


Despite having put on a big show prior to meeting with free agent Dwight Howard, Steve Nash says he had a bad feeling about his team’s chances to retain the big fella. It turns out that his intuition was correct — Nash thinks Howard never felt comfortable in Los Angeles. Per the LA Times (via ESPN Radio): “‘Frankly, I thought before the meeting that we really didn’t have a chance,’ said Nash. ‘I’d like to think that after the meeting, we had a chance, but ultimately, I think Dwight wasn’t comfortable here and didn’t want to be here.’ Nash was part of the Lakers’ contingent last week that tried to sway Howard to stay. Instead, the All-Star center chose to join the Houston Rockets as a free agent. ‘If he doesn’t want to be here, there’s no point for anyone in him being here, so we wish him the best and move on,’ Nash said. ‘I heard he said to the media that he ever quite felt embraced in L.A. He never quite felt maybe supported, and that’s basically it. In some ways you can read into that what you will. He just never quite felt comfortable at home. I don’t know that that’s anybody’s fault,’ continued Nash. The Lakers struggled with injuries all season, never quite developing the chemistry the team expected to blossom. ‘Dwight wasn’t himself. He was coming off back surgery. He had shoulder issues. He was far below 100%,’ Nash said. ‘Pau [Gasol] wasn’t himself until the end of the year and I wasn’t myself. I obviously broke my leg and missed the first seven weeks.’ The Nash-Howard pick-and-roll surprisingly didn’t click. ‘He didn’t seem like he really wanted to do a pick-and-roll offense, maybe because he ran one in Orlando [with the Magic] for so long and wanted to get in the post more,’ Nash said. ‘Houston runs a pick-and-roll offense. They are littered with shooting, and maybe they can space the floor more for him so he can more opportunities inside with space.’”

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  • Guest

    Well… from my count, this is now the 6th high profile laker past or present talking about d12 after he left. D12 is still the lakers whipping boy it seems even after he leaves. It’s like these guys were thinking this all along but couldn’t say it with d12 in LA. Now that d12 is gone, the floodgates are open.

    This is a nice deflection strategy. The problem is, all of these lakers should be pointing out that the new head of command in jim buss is totally inept.

    The summer of 2014 will be interesting… Will carmelo want to be caught up in this massive crapstorm? I know for sure lebron won’t. Lebron’s already dealt with crappy ownership which is what the lakers have now. Maybe the lakers can get a demarcus/wall combo or a demarcus/melo combo in 2014. Maybe a wall/george combo?

  • shockexchange

    Sorry L.A. fans, the Shock Exchange has just learned that Thor and Iron Man are unavailable. They are under contract through 2015.

  • Dagger

    Better sign Aquaman.

  • robb

    Of course they were thinking this all along, but they didn’t say it openly because they had to give it a shot and try to make it work. But everybody knew how things were gonna be. Every decision since the hiring of Mike Brown has been a mistake.

  • Caboose

    Can we start calling Jordan Farmar Aquaman now?

  • shockexchange

    Sure. That’s the guy who wanted to leave L.A. because he wanted to be a starter elsewhere. Now that he couldn’t cut it in the Justice League he wants to come back.

  • Caboose

    More like, being around Superman, Flash, and Green Lantern made Aquaman believe he could be an actual superhero without the Justice League. Then he realized, all he could do was get fish to swim in certain directions. Now he wants his superhero buddies back so he can look cool and useful again.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Yea he’s a FA of the comic book movie world.

  • Dula

    Farmar is Sea Man

  • shockexchange

    “All he could do was get fish to swim in certain directions …” What the ___? The Shock Exchange nearly pulled a muscle laughing at this nonsense.

  • Caboose

    Superman: can grab a bullet you just shot from your gun then kill you by throwing it back at you faster than the gun.
    Flash: Can perceive events that happen in 1 attosecond. In 7.5 attoseconds, light can circle the Earth.
    Batman: Richer than God, has access to an endless supply of high tech gadgets through his own corporation.
    Wonder Woman: Everything Superman can do but much better looking. And with a lasso.
    Green Lantern: With concentration, can use his power ring to manipulate space-time.
    ….
    Aquaman: Can swim with dolphins without having to pay for it.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Superman: has been proven to be mortal (see fight with Doomsday)

    Flash: speed and his biggest villain was a Mighty Joe Young look a like

    Batman: rich but body broke down over time

    Wonder Woman: can’t argue there lol

    Green Lantern: a glorified gang member

    Aquaman: an underwater John Edwards

  • Caboose

    Haha even with all that, Aquaman still sounds the worst.

  • Guest

    Could have come home and retired a national hero, yet decided that joining LA and becoming Beans sidekick stooge was a better option. To each their own Steve, but you used to be the classiest guy in the L, these days not so much…

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Haha I was just adding insult to your infliction of injury

  • robb

    His attitude certainly is Aquamanish. He looks more like that Namor dude with those ears though.

  • Caboose

    Or Mollock from Watchmen

  • bike

    What LA failed to understand is they never provided Dwight with a little buddy. Dwight needs a little buddy. Nash was approached about being a little buddy but he wasn’t comfortable with it. Hopefully, Houston understands this and starts searching for a li’l buddy for Dwight.

  • LakeShow

    Enter J-Lin.

  • LakeShow

    He didn’t change personalities at 38 idiot.

  • robb

    what about Aaron Brooks? He’s pretty little too

  • LakeShow

    Brooks is a little feisty.
    Lin will tell lot’s of little boy things that Dwight likes. Fun activities ya know, like go to amusement parks, and tell semi-dirty jokes, and social media pranks… all the fun lil things big boys like Dwight like to do.

  • robb

    yeah you’re right. I don’t see Brooks repeating “eye yam stew peed” four times fast.

  • shockexchange

    So effectively, Aquaman is like tits on bull – useless.

  • Max

    The Rockets are full of lil buddy’s.

  • bike

    Still is one of the classiest…nothing deflective at all in what he said…everything he said up there is 100 percent truth.

  • The Seed

    DUH!!!

  • LLC#12

    I hope Nash goes into coaching when its all over. Maybe even coach the Canadian national team, with all the talent they have coming through.

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    Lin will tell lot’s of little boy things that Dwight likes. Fun
    activities ya know, like go to amusement parks, and tell semi-dirty
    jokes, and social media pranks… all the fun lil things big boys like
    Dwight like to do.

  • Guest

    $88 million to go to an organization that wants you? that’s easy

  • AlexDelarge1981

    Nash, Kobe, and everyone else who is talking about Dwight… well, these guys are right. However; Dwight was playing at about 65 percent, didn’t understand how to get the ball from one of the greatest point guards ever, but oddly could find a way to catch and finish from Pau Gasol’s passes.

    That said, only Kobe was fully healthy for the Lakers. Nash broke a freaking leg, Pau kept getting hurt and benched, Dwight was not himself AT ALL no matter what you wanna say about his game, and D’Antoni proved that he can only be a close to great coach when he has an offensive minded team with a younger Nash(or point guard like him.) In retrospect, Phil Jackson should have been hired.

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