Dwight Howard was wrong
Dwight Howard wrong for wanting to oust Kobe
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— Torris Pierce (@TeeRaw85) July 12, 2013
Exactly our thoughts.
The Lakers have seen this scenario before, and survived it perfectly, trading Shaquille O’Neal away to the Miami Heat and standing by Bryant.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here — Howard is no Shaq, and James Harden is no Dwyane Wade.
Yes Howard is going to learn from arguably one of the best post players in NBA history with Kevin McHale as his new coach, and he should flourish under that system better than he did in Los Angeles under Mike d’Antoni, but do the Rockets even strike you as a top team out West?
The Rockets now sit with a payroll of $61.4 million after adding the free agent center.
But they’re stuck with what they have for the foreseeable future.
He even plead with the Rockets to acquire a third superstar. Moving Asik and Lin seem almost necessary in order to ponder such a move, but Houston has already said it won’t consider a trade.
Following this coming season the Rockets may find that the third star is Chandler Parsons, who helped to recruit Howard to the Rockets, a player that averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
Surely Houston is set to compete.
And perhaps Howard will have a better chance competing with them rather than with an aging Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. But it’s the Lakers that have proven themselves to make moves worthy of building a champion.
But to oust Bryant outright?
That’s a big issue. How can you say goodbye to the person that has defined Lakers basketball for nearly 20 years and is arguably the biggest name since Magic Johnson?
Magic and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sure got along well, and Kobe and Shaq did too for a good while.
Call me crazy but the Lakers will be better without Dwight.
There is always life after players in the organization, no matter who they are.
Gone are the days of pouting that he’s not the star player, or of poor free throw shooting, or even ejections in critical situations.
Team chemistry is no doubt going to go up.
And hey, guess what, d’Antoni isn’t going anywhere. The only player that should have the right to select the coach is Kobe — not Dwight. Sure nobody likes his system, but with the appropriate players (which the Lakers can afford to get) this team could be great.
Today the team signed Nick Young, a stellar 3-point shooter. He will come off the bench alongside newcomer and rookie Ryan Kelly out of Duke, who knows how to stroke the ball through the hoop.
You might not recognize this Lakers team come the season opener, but know that subtracting D12 was a step in the right direction.
They may not be of championship caliber yet, folks, but expect these Lakers to be a lot of fun to watch.
Oh yeah, Nash used to anchor a similar team in Phoenix — one that gave the Lakers fits with lesser talent. Remember that? They were coached by d’Antoni.
At least give them a chance. I have.