Report: Kobe Bryant Hurts Lakers’ Chance At Acquiring Dwight Howard

Sunday February 5th, 2012

Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard has informed the Los Angeles Lakers that he would not sign an extension with the team if they traded for him because of what Kobe Bryant told him, according to Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM.

Howard was turned off to the Lakers based on what Bryant told him: that Howard would be “his Tyson Chandler” and that the Lakers would still be his team, according to Rudolph. Alex Kennedy of backed up the report, tweeting that “Kobe messed it up.”

According to Rudolph, Howard said that there was “no way” he would leave Orlando and be a third option. Howard would be a third option on a star-heavy team but did not like how Bryant explained the situation, according to Rudolph.

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