Dwight Howard Reportedly Will Not Re-Sign With Lakers

Dwight Howard Reportedly Will Not Re-Sign With LakersAccording to Chris Broussard of ESPN, sources are reporting that Dwight Howard is unlikely to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is also reporting that the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are the front-runners to acquire his services. Broussard later added that the Golden State Warriors will try and enter the Howard sweepstakes when free agency opens.

‘Wild card’

While Howard has always been a bit of a wild card, this report may come as a surprise to many. Howard’s first season in L.A. didn’t go according to plan, as the Lakers barely snuck into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed before being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.

‘Willing to play elsewhere’

Howard essentially forced his way out of Orlando last offseason when he refused to commit to re-signing with the Magic. Rather than losing him for nothing in free agency, the Magic orchestrated a four-team deal involving the Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets that ultimately sent Howard to Los Angeles. Although Howard’s numbers were down a bit—17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks per game—he’s still the NBA’s top center when healthy.

According to Broussard, the Lakers can offer Howard $30 million more than any other team. Apparently it isn’t all about the money, though, as Howard reportedly doesn’t believe that he is a good fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system. Because of that, Howard may be willing to play elsewhere at a relative discount.

Do you think Dwight Howard will still re-sign with the Lakers? If not, which team will he choose?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

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L.A. Lakers Mess Up Shaquille O’Neal’s Jersey Retirement

L.A. Lakers Mess Up Shaquille O'Neal's Jersey RetirementThe Los Angeles Lakers retired Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 34 jersey at halftime of the Lakers’ 101-81 win over the Dallas Mavericks, and everything went according to plan. Except that Shaq’s jersey was all wrong.

‘Gone according to plan’

For the most part, it was a fun and enjoyable evening. Phil Jackson talked about Shaq showing up at practice naked, Jeanie Buss gave a formulaic, but heartfelt, speech to the big dude, and Kobe Bryant even gave a thumbs-up to The Big Aristotle.

Everything had gone according to plan. The only problem was that the jersey was backward. Shaq’s name was spelled out fine, the number was right, but the number and name were plastered across the front of the jersey, not the back.

‘Painfully obvious’

Among the other handful of jerseys up on the wall it becomes painfully obvious. All the other jerseys hang with the swoop-necked back facing the crowd, while Shaq’s displays the V-necked front toward the crowd.

It was never discovered that anything was wrong until the Internet got hold of the picture, and the people in the know were eventually alerted and are already planning to fix it.

Are you a Shaquille O’Neal fan? Should they just leave his backward jersey as it is or fix the mistake?

Source: Jesse Dorsey, Bleacher Report

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