The Houston Rockets brought quite the entourage to Los Angeles to pitch Dwight Howard, but since the Lakers are already in town, they’ve got a lot in store.
Howard already met with both the Rockets, and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak briefly, but Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will also be there when the team meets with Howard to give him the official pitch.
Reportedly, this will include details on Howard’s own TV show for the Lakers’ Time Warner Cable channel.
Phil Jackson won’t be at the meeting, but tweeted to Howard:
@dwighthoward “i’m going up to the country going to paint my mailbox blue.” While i’m there I expect to see you get on board tis ur place— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) June 30, 2013
It would be great if Howard came back to LA, but it isn’t the end of the world if he doesn’t. Currently, the Lakers will not go far with Mike D’Antoni as a coach because of his slow adjustments, poor bench rotation and misuse of personnel.
Howard having a show may not be the worst thing either. Look at Lamar Odom who got sixth man of the year once he got a TV gig.
It will be interesting to see what the big man does, but if nothing else, hopefully the Lakers talk him into a sign-and-trade. The rumored package from the Golden State Warriors is particularly desirable since D’Antoni is still going to be the coach.