|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM|
The Lakers are stuck I guess you could say. It's been reported they lost Howard because of Kobe's unwillingness to relinquish his role as the man. Both players are probably going to get criticism either way. The latest is Kobe won't take a pay cut. This is why I can't see a James or Anthony heading to LA, like I posted a couple of days ago, Expect major drama come 2014 Decision Part' 2'
The Lakers, almost from the moment Howard arrived in August 2012, had gone to great lengths to assure the 27-year-old that they saw him as the future face of the franchise and that the torch would be passed from Bryant to him in short order.
But with Bryant saying publicly just a week before free agency that he was thinking of playing at least two or three more seasons, it was hard for Howard to envision when he would assume that role, sources said.
"How can it be Kobe's team and Dwight's team?" one source said. "It was about the passing of the torch."
As an offshoot of those discussions, sources said, Howard's camp at one point asked the Lakers whether they were at least considering releasing Bryant through the league's amnesty provision, since Bryant's return date from Achilles tendon surgery remained in question.
ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reported last month that Howard and All-Star point guard Chris Paul had discussions before free agency about trying to land with the same team. Howard and Paul had interest in playing together in Los Angeles, with either the Lakers or the Clippers, or with the Atlanta Hawks, sources said.