July 3rd, 2013, 01:31 PM
Miami is going to have a tough time with Wade falling apart and Bosh being Bosh. Harden, Howard, and (likely) Smith along with Lin and the other people there make for a very athletic, young, fast team that can play defense and score. Having those guys all signed for the next five years and all being under 20 is going to be a force.
Originally Posted by mrm55
Or he can stick with the Lakers and hope people stay healthy all year long, that they can sign people to big contracts in 2014, and Kobe is willing to go quietly into the night and let the transition happen.
What seems like the better choice for a guy who isn't an alpha dog and who wants to win a championship?
July 3rd, 2013, 01:35 PM
Sorry, tried to edit my post and deleted it.
Originally Posted by SmytheKing
All along I felt DH would go to Houston (Harden is like a young Kobe, with other good players around him). But, just now I had a gut feeling he might stay with the Lakers. Does Houston have the team to beat Miami even with Howard? I don't think so. So the immediate championship thing criteria is iffy. If its just who will have the better team next year-Houston wins over LA.
What's just as important to these great players as a ring? To some who are great enough, and have a big name, it's having hundreds of millions AFTER playing, like Magic. These guys want to own their own sports teams- like Magic. You can't do that on $20 mil a year for a few years. Nope you need a marketable name and real rich folks helping you. Which city can offer that? LA. With AEG and Time Warner whispering in his ear, "ya wanna be as rich as Magic, we can help!" For that reason alone, I think it puts us on equal footing with Houston.
So DH holds court for all his suitors, to get the details of what can I really get from your city (besides a ring)... LA wins. Add in a existing home in Newport (unless you're a cowboy, who wants to live in Houston?).
I hope he stays, but I won't be shocked either way.
July 5th, 2013, 03:42 PM
Howard to Rockets. Stephen A. Smith has reported on ESPN TV. No link yet.
July 5th, 2013, 03:52 PM
Such a shame they won't blow it up like they should.
July 5th, 2013, 05:01 PM
Both Dwight's agent and Houston say it isn't a done deal.
Dwight Howard reportedly going to Houston - latimes.com
July 5th, 2013, 05:05 PM
Only because they haven't worked out details. It's done. Figure they're trying to get Smith on the team first and then it'll be announced. Paperwork.
Originally Posted by mrm55
July 5th, 2013, 08:04 PM
It's official now. He tweeted it, and it's confirmed that he's pussed out and ran from a challenge.
But hey, good luck out there with Harden and assorted scrubs.
July 5th, 2013, 08:13 PM
Additionally, I'd like to say this ****ing circus has shown just what a true pro Pau Gasol is.
The guy took ridiculous amounts criticism, but in the end still handled playing with a demanding superstar and demanding franchise like a professional...Unlike someone else.
July 5th, 2013, 09:05 PM
Hack a Dwight = Easy win. Can't wait until we play the Rockets.
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July 6th, 2013, 07:30 AM
My guess is Howard is hurt before that game. Or, Kobe goes for 80.
Originally Posted by TooCool
Sadly the lakers will struggle this year and it will seem Howard made the right call, until 2 years from now when it flips.