It was reported that Dwight Howard has soured on the idea of re-signing with the Lakers if he was to be traded there, due to a conversation with Kobe Bryant, during the off season. Kobe reportedly told him that he wanted Howard to be the Lakers version of Tyson Chandler. The report stated that Kobe wanted Dwight to be the third offensive option behind himself and Pau Gasol, and anchor the defense the way Tyson Chandler did to help the Dallas Mavericks win last season’s NBA Championship. A series of e-mails were exchanged between The New York Post’s Peter Vescey and Bryant which were released earlier this evening.
Here is the back-and-forth between the two:
Vescey: “Please separate truth from fiction for me re: Howard stuff.”
Bryant: “As far as what? I have no clue what’s even being said. I have a lot to deal with as it is.”
Vescey then sent the report to Kobe.
Bryant: “omg! I’m not getting mixed up in this kiddy drama spit, bro. too old for that spit,”
Vescey: “How do you think I feel at my age having to chase down this stuff,”
“I understand your position. But if it’s untrue, any of it, and allowed to circulate throughout the league, which already is happening, I would think you’d want to say it’s not.”
Bryant: “It’s not true,”
***I am going to assume the two “spit’s,” were a cause of the dreaded auto-correct***
This sounds about right, even if Kobe felt this way, why would he say that to Dwight Howard, unless of course he doesn’t want Dwight traded to the Lakers. This could be a possibility, Kobe has already played with the “most dominate big man in the league,” — fellow “Superman,” Shaq — and we all know that Kobe is hell bent on doing it as much by himself as possible. While Andrew Bynum is considered a close second when it comes to Center’s in the NBA, most fans and analysts don’t consider him as dominant, all around, as Dwight is. So it’s very possible that Kobe may not want to “share” the glory of that sixth championship that he’s publicly stated that he wants.
March 1st is quickly approaching, and it’s a very important date to this whole Dwight Howard saga, as that’s when players who signed contracts in the off season can be traded. This includes the Orlando Magic’s, Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Jason Richardson, as well as Tyson Chandler — who it was rumored that the Magic contacted the Knicks about his availability — then two weeks to the day, March 15, is the trade deadline.
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