Here we go again… according to a report from Dave McMenamin, Los Angeles Lakers pending free agent center Dwight Howard expressed to GM Mitch Kupchak his unhappiness playing for head coach Mike D’Antoni during the season, saying he felt “marginalized” by the coach. Here are details:
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, part of the discussion between Howard and Kupchak centered around Howard’s frustration with D’Antoni — particularly how the center felt marginalized as the coach looked to Bryant and Steve Nash for leadership and suggestions and discounted Howard’s voice.
Kupchak left the meeting with Howard undeterred, telling reporters he was “hopeful” and “optimistic” that Howard would be back with the Lakers next season and beyond, yet there have been several developments in the last couple weeks that could have an effect on Howard’s decision.
The developments that could effect Howard’s decision include D”Antoni choosing not to keep Chuck Person around, who had a good relationship with Howard, and assistant Steve Clifford’s possible exit as a top candidate for several head coaching positions. Howard has also been rumored to be intrigued by signing with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.
All this does is continue the “Dwightmare” scenario that followed the all-star center during his final days with the Orlando Magic last summer. Los Angeles is in for much of same apparently, so brace yourselves for another media circus surrounding Howard’s pending decision.
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