Los Angeles Lakers: Howard wanted D’Antoni fired

December 22, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D

This summer Dwight Howard decided to leave the turmoil down in Los Angeles in order to join the Houston Rockets. And it seems that in order for Howard to pick the Lakers, the center wanted the team to fire the head coach and possibly even amnesty the team’s superstar Kobe Bryant.

Talks with various people close to the situation make it clear there were two prerequisites for Dwight Howard to remain a Laker: fire Mike D’Antoni and amnesty, or at the very least muzzle, Kobe Bryant.

(via Ric Bucher)

Amnestying Kobe would be the ultimate sign of disrespect and was probably out of the question, but it seems that Howard wasn’t happy with his coach either. As we all know, Howard does have experience in this field as many reports suggested that he was the reason Stan Van Gundy got fired down in Orlando.

Obviously this is to be taken with a pinch of salt. However, while Howard’s request was by all accounts audacious, it’s not hard to see where the big man was coming from. With Kobe recovering from a torn Achilles and D’Antoni refusing to adjust his system the Lakers were in for a tough year even if Howard had stayed.

Tags: Dwight Howard Houston Rockets Los Angeles Lakers

  • hookedonnews

    D’Antoni did adjust his system this season (Steve Nash said they NEVER ran D’Antoni’s system). Does no one actually watch the games? Mitch Kupchak was never going to make the mistake the Magic made when they fired Van Gundy. Howard was not going to stay as long as Kobe was there anyway. It’s too bad he couldn’t man-up and be a team player, but he doesn’t have the credibility to demand those kind of changes. I’m not in favor of giving any player that kind of power actually.