Posted July 04, 2013

Report: Kobe Bryant’s pitch to Dwight Howard a ‘complete turnoff’

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Kobe Bryant's message to Dwight Howard may have swayed Howard away from the Lakers. (Noah Graham/NBAE)

Kobe Bryant’s message to Dwight Howard may have swayed Howard away from the Lakers. (Noah Graham/NBAE)

During the Los Angeles Lakers meeting with free-agent center Dwight Howard, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had a poignant message for Howard about learning how to become a champion.The longest-tenured Lakers player may have rubbed Howard the wrong way with his presentation.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Bryant’s pitch to Howard “will be a complete turnoff” to Howard returning to Los Angeles.

“You need to learn how it’s done first, and I can teach you here,” Bryant reportedly told Howard during the Lakers presentation to the free agent.

Howard has since left Los Angeles to contemplate where he will be playing his 10th season in the NBA. Howard has met with the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Lakers.

When Howard met with the Rockets earlier this week, he reportedly asked the Rockets if they could acquire Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith in a sign-and-trade deal. Former Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon said he believes there’s an 85 percent chance Howard will land in Houston.

The Lakers are in position to offer Howard the most money. If he decides to re-sign with the Lakers, his max deal could be a five-year pact worth $118 million. If Howard signs elsewhere, he would receive a four-year, $87.6 million deal.

The Lakers released a statement about their meeting with Dwight Howard:

“Jim Buss, Mike D’Antoni, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Harris and I, along with representatives from our partners at Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG, met this afternoon for approximately two hours with Dwight Howard and his representatives Dan Fegan and Happy Walters. At the meeting, we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community, and why we feel this is the best place for him to continue his career. We are hopeful that Dwight decides to remain a Laker.”


153 comments
es
es

Funny thing is, Howard's chances of getting the ball from Kobe just went up!


diegoAT
diegoAT

On top of 39.6% Federal Income tax. ( Thank Barack Obama for 5% of that) The state income tax in California is 10.3%. The state income tax in Texas is 0.00% .. hmmmm The cost of living is also alot cheaper in Houston.

Kevin McHale (former center) will likely work better with Howard than D'Antoni. Wildcard is that Hakeem Olajuwon lives in Houston part-time and has coached Howard.

Lion
Lion

" His people" claim it was the coach. i doubt it's even the coach. He can't take the pressure of a big market. It's definitely not Kobe. Kobe averaged 5 assists last year. even more than Nash. The last time i saw James harden pass the ball, I think it was when the Thunder played the Spurs in the western conference finals in 2012.

PCM
PCM

It's painful to see so many basketball fans not pay Kobe Bryant the respect he deserves. I don't give a damn what your opinion about him personally is. Take off those glasses and judge him as a player on the court and if you don't consider him an all time great, then you simply don't know what the hell you are talking about. To the moron below that thinks the Laker teams with Shaq would have won without Kobe...please, don't post anymore. You must not remember Kobe carrying those teams while Shaq was fat and strugging with his toe injury. When Michael Jordan tells you who he would start a team with from this era, who does he pick?? Yeah, you already know the answer. We haven't had a player take and make the kinds of shots Kobe makes since MJ. He is a top 10, and possibly a top 5 of all time. If Howard doesn't want to learn from a great, then Houston is where he belongs where there are no expectations. Kobe would have forced him to be great...and he chose to leave. Says all you need to know about the guy.

JulesG
JulesG

And Dwight come out and said himself that Kobe said nothing like this to him....so this was another "hearsay" report.

RCH
RCH

9 seasons in the NBA and no championships so maybe you don't know how it's done Howard. Kobe has 5 so maybe you should listen.

cb6352
cb6352

kobe has become a joke. just look at the stats shots taken to shots missed its over 50% during a game out of say 40 shots he only makes 20 that is 20 scoreless plays each game.. but since he takes them and makes you go ooh and awe when you see 40 or more points but you missed the 40 or more lost points each game. that's allot of close games lost because of the ego!

Cherrie
Cherrie

Hahaha! Kobe's got to learn tactfulness first! Good riddance to someone who treated all his teammates but Shaq like sh*t !!!

AjRiz
AjRiz

Man you Lakers fans sure are sour about this boy leaving.

truthisking
truthisking

kobe wanted to be the only one till the end...no bigger name than his until he retires...selfish...Lakers hostage of Kobe.

biggame57
biggame57

Lakers organization reminds me of a womans glee club ....crying all the time...Howards wants to play with men being men....Laker ...chumps  

bob93003
bob93003

Kobe is a pain in the back...KB experienced a career-ending injury...Nash cannot do it any longer...Jim Buss is counting his $3B from TWC...D'Antoni has no need for D12.

Phil wants no part of this circus.

Amnesty the injury depleted Kobe.  Make a good trade and move Pao.  Settle with Nash, so he can settle his child support issues.  Start looking for a President of basketball operations...and that President will develop a plan and find a coach.  

The Lakers will have a five-year sub .500 total through 17-18 season.  

Let me look at the Clippers.

liar
liar

Kobe told this chump the right thing. But, he's not championship caliber player, anyway. So, let him go to Houston and start his bitching and moaning. Because they won't be winning with him. And, he'll never win a title there. So, in two years he'll be looking to opt out of that deal. His legacy will be a so-so player with no championships. He can have the money but, fans only remember the rings.

MarieWhitley
MarieWhitley

Kobe Bryant spoke the TRUTH and Dwight Howard can't handle it!  Kobe knows how to win because he has also lost, and he also had to learn how to win.  Shaq and Kobe were together a while before Phil came along and taught them  how to play together and play to win.  Kobe has been coached by literally The Best in Phil.  He's been mentored by Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson.....Kobe's knowledge is invaluable.  The problem with Dwight though is that he doesn't have IT.  There are certain players, very few, who have that drive, that something special that makes them better than everyone else.  Magic, Bird, MJ, Kobe...they all have that extra desire/drive that make them DOMINATE.  That killer instinct....Dwight Howard, does not have it.  He NEEDS someone like Kobe to push him, but his ego can't handle that.  It's not Kobe's ego that got in the way, it's Dwight's.  That is why he will always be a really GREAT player, on a GOOD team.  He will NEVER win a championship. 

maran747
maran747

After Kobe announced a week or so ago he will play 2-3 more years maybe 4, Howard knew he'd be in the shadow until Kobe is gone.  Kobe the ball hog alienated most centers he's played with including Bynum.  Bynum's frustration during the playoffs stemmed from not getting enough touches because Kobe hogged the ball. Its Kobe's team until he retires, can't blame Howard from moving on.

JJSwatt
JJSwatt

Kobe has Five Rings!

Big Shot Bob has 7

Azeron
Azeron

The extra 30 million the Lakers could pay Howard made him pause, but apparently it didn't stsgger him to his knees.  Good move, Dwight.  I can't wait to see how my Nuggets fare in this revamped Western conference.

Mattdd17
Mattdd17

Dwight was great, but is now over-rated. My guess is that he produces average numbers and retires in 4 years.

alliesohio
alliesohio

The only guy who really kept the Lakers in it died last year. Enjoy watching the long demise of Bryant's over-hyped career.

Elroi
Elroi

Kobe's ego was the deal breaker.  How stupid the things he said...  I AM glad, however, that I don't have to watch a boring interrupted hack a slack game pace next year.  Now maybe the Lakers can focus on getting some defensive athletic youthful shooters on the team.  More no-nonsense workhorse types...less Prima Donnas

RussWash
RussWash

Kobe said what needed to be said.  He has 5 rings...Howard has none.  Howards only appearance in a final ended in a 5 game loss to Kobe's Lakers.  Howard does Not know how to be a champion.  This move demonstrates his immaturity.  No one on that Rocket team has won anything.  He is more interested in being a star than he is in winning a Championship.

MarcNichol
MarcNichol

i almost think it was designed to turn howard off at least subconsciously..did the lakers really think this through if they truly wanted him?..letting kobe lead?...btw, phil jackson not surprisingly sent a letter in a similar tone


howard just decided on rockets apparently

6marK6
6marK6

I am sure that Kobe spent the first hour of his pitch talking about himself.

bjornbonn
bjornbonn

wow it makes me sick how much this clumsy, ever-smiling mediocre center will make for 4 years of basketball....

ahemahem
ahemahem

@diegoAT Cost of living, and the pressure to perform are lower in Houston.

Lion
Lion

@PCM couldn't have said it better myself.

jb22
jb22

@PCM

I agree Kobe is an all-time great, but  Dwight Howard was there for a year, sure didn't look "forced to be great" now did he?  

es
es

@RCH  yeah, Kobe has 5?

3 due to Shaq

and 2 due to Gasol

and ALL due to Phil Jackson!

Try winning a championship with Mike Don'tAny ( Dont coach any defense)

ahemahem
ahemahem

@AjRiz I'm glad he's gone. His free throws were long gone earlier.

joescan54
joescan54

@liar Kobe was wrong. He and Nash and D'Antoni shouldn;t have been at the meeting. Dwight doesn't like them. Kupchak should have gone alone and reasoned with him. That was the only chance.

joescan54
joescan54

@MarieWhitley Kobe is equal to Michael Jordan. If they didn't have Phil, neither would have a title.

joe93
joe93

@MarieWhitley  you lie, you are just angry because Dwight did not want to put up with Kobe bs and left the lakers same as clevland did when Lbj left. Houston is going to beat the lakers more times than the lakers beat them while Dwight is there.get use to it.

liar
liar

Dwight inst a go to guy! So, why would he be the go to guy over a sure HOF , like Kobe. And, in Houston he won't be a go to guy. Because harden owns that right. So, dho will be crying again, hust give it time. He's a loser.

cuttyr8
cuttyr8

@alliesohio over hyped career? you must be another hater!!! kobe is instant hall of famer, 5 time champion and plays 100% all the time, unlike most stars in this shitty, gangsta league 

slambo
slambo

I agree with ya; use to love the Lakers even the first couple years when Kobe came off bench; but as Kobe grew I stop watching he is by fat the most overrated ball player of all time. Sure he has five rings but Shaq daddy and the other supporting cast could have done that without him. If you ask any of his teammates past or present I doubt any of them would say they liked playing with him. Great players make those around them better; Kobe is not great he totally takes his teammates out of it. He is the most selfish all time.

YeahYeahYeah
YeahYeahYeah

@ElroiStupid? No. Honest? Yes. Kobe told him the cold, hard, honest truth. Sometimes the truth can come out wrong & hurt feelings but at the end of the day it's still the truth. Only person who can tell Howard anything about Championships still involved with that Franchise is Olajuwon. Not to take anything away from him because he's truly an All-Time Great, but the era in which he played & the era Howard is playing in right now are two completely different types of basketball, it wasn't as soft back then. Kobe, Gasol & co has played in more recent times (obviously) and knows what it takes not only to get to the championship, but also to win it. Dwight's never going to win a ring if he doesn't take the time to build chemistry with his teams. He's always leaving when things aren't going his way & that's exactly why he left LA, because everything is Kobe's way & he doesn't want to be "the other guy".

joescan54
joescan54

@RussWash The Lakers of this year was not a championship ball club. Kobe got hurt and they won two games in a row to MAKE the playoffs.

joe93
joe93

@RussWash Big shot Bob has 7 ring., Bill Russell has 11, Mj 6, Kobe 5, Shaq 4. You are angry because Dwight left, Howard has a chance to win as many as any of them. ask any other nba player and they will tell you they would rather play with Howard than against.

BigIrv
BigIrv

@RussWash  

I have to agree with you and I do not even like Kobe nor am I a Laker fan.  I would much rather play for a franchise that has proven time and time again that it will do whatever it takes to win instead of playing for a franchise that only has titles because MJ was in retirement.  With that being said, I think players in LA face a different pressure than all other franchises--similar to the Yankees in baseball.  If the Yankees do not win the World Series, it is not a successful season.  The same goes for the Lakers--anything less than an NBA title is considered an unsuccessful season.  Some teams are happy to be competitive and make the playoffs.   That is why you see franchises than hang division titles in the rafters.  You do not see that in LA.  It is championship or bust.  Some players can handle the pressure of playing for such a franchise--some players wilt from the pressure.  Howard is one of the latter players.  He would rather be the man on a team with less expectations rather than being on a team with championship expectations.

Roderick1
Roderick1

@RussWash General consensus is that Houston is the best fit basketball-wise. Championship experience sure counts for something, but so does talent/team structure. I think Howard made a pretty smart choice.

RobertM
RobertM

@bjornbonn Why would what another man makes get you sick? It aint' that serious man. STOP HATING!!!! Root for your team and resist the urge to hate

TJB
TJB

@es @RCH  How many does Howard have again?  

YeahYeahYeah
YeahYeahYeah

@slambo lol wow .. I respect your opinion, but I can't agree with it. " Great players make those around them better; Kobe is not great he totally takes his teammates out of it." Look at Gasol pre-Lakers and while on the Lakers, clearly a better player. Then look at everyone who played with Kobe in the past on their new teams, they're either not playing at all or doing really, really bad compared to their time on the Lakers. If anything Kobe's work ethic forces those around him to get better because they wouldn't want to feel as if they're half assing it while he's going 110%.

bobdevo
bobdevo

@YeahYeahYeah @Elroi cold honest truth is kobe's career is over - lakers need to cut him and re-boot - like the celtics just did

Neal Fam
Neal Fam

I agree with this statement. This organization expects 110% from every player at all times. There are not excuses that allows you to say we will do better next year. That's what i love about this franchise. All the other ones are happy if they make playoffs or if they did better than last year. Not uplifting one player over the other, it does take special players to play in this franchise. The pressures are more intense than any other franchise. That being said i do wish the entire NBA on a great season. GO LAKERS!!