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.
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.