Dwight Howard wanted two things from the Los Angeles Lakers

8/24/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Mar 22, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and center Dwight Howard (12)  in the first half of the game against the Washington Wizards at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsInitially, there was a lot of speculation over what Dwight Howard wanted from the Los Angeles Lakers. It was a convoluted collection of rumors from various sources, but now that time has gone by, things are becoming more clear.

According to Ric Bucher, the big man would stay in Los Angeles under two conditions: fire Mike D’Antoni and amnesty Kobe Bryant.

There we have it.

The first demand is completely understandable. Any athlete wants to use his or her skills in the best way possible to help their team, and D’Antoni’s system made that nearly impossible for Howard.  

Yes, he was injured, and that accounted for a part of his underwhelming play, but he also was not being used effectively, which was echoed by many.

However, he doesn’t want to get a rep as a “coach killer,” so that’s why Howard didn’t portray any of that publicly.

With regard to amnestying Kobe Bryant, that’s a giant demand. Likely, Howard didn’t like that when the Black Mamba tore his Achilles, he said that he was going to come back for maybe longer than what his contract said.

This means that Howard would have to wait even longer for the team to be his and to be “the man.” Instead, he could have had a talk with Bryant, who has been much more reasonable as time goes on. There was also the issue of Bryant telling the media that he’d played through the same injury that Howard had, so maybe that just ticked him off.

Still, Shaq and Bryant found a way to play together, and if Howard were secure in himself as a player, he would have been able to help the team out too.

But, again, that point is basically moot if D’Antoni is the coach.

We'll likely be hearing about Howard's move for a long time, since so much was done in secret, and because he's so terrible at handling his public image (not for lack of trying).

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