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Phil Jackson calls Dwight Howard 'an Astro,' says big man 'left a distaste'

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Legendary Lakers coach Phil Jackson poked fun at Dwight Howard's decision on Twitter. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Legendary Lakers coach Phil Jackson offered his take on Dwight Howard bolting Los Angeles for the Houston Rockets with a pair of tweets on Sunday.

Jackson, who Howard reportedly asked the Lakers to hire early in the 2012-13 season, said the center "left a distaste in Lakerland" with his departure after just one disappointing season.

He also poked fun at Howard's choice of Houston as his free-agent destination, writing that he is "better of [sic] an Astro." The Houston Astros have been MLB's worst team over the past two years, going 55-107 last season and 32-56 thus far in 2013.

https://twitter.com/PhilJackson11/status/353896426134179842

https://twitter.com/PhilJackson11/status/353897223395876865

Jackson had previously tweeted at Howard to encourage him to sign with the Lakers, writing that he expected to see him "get on board."

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