Dwight Howard frustrated with Mike D’Antoni
The Dwight Howard saga seems to be endless. After many reports that the seven-time All-Star center wants to explore his options during the summer free agency, new reports state that he showed his frustration towards the Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D’Antoni.
This is yet another addition to the drama season the Lakers had this year, with the constant injuries that loomed over the team and the early Playoff exit.
Many times LA has expressed its strong will to keep Howard in Los Angeles, but with him hitting the free agency this summer things could get tricky for the team.
The problem that Dwight Howard seems to have with the Lakers Head Coach is regarding who is the team’s alpha-dog. As reported, Howard expressed his frustration to the team’s general manager, Mitch Kupchak, saying that D’Antoni turned mostly to Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant when it comes to the leadership of the team. As he has proved in his nine-year NBA career, he always wants to keep the flashing lights on him, regardless of the result.
That was the story during his Orlando Magic days, when Coach Stan Van Gundy was then in the position D’Antoni currently is. Especially now, that the Lakers have lots of star power in their arsenal, Howard’s importance gets divided. Nevertheless, that’s the fact that bothered him. Arriving in LA last summer, Dwight was expected to be the next big thing for the Lakers and put the team on his shoulders, leading the way as they’ll gradually enter the post-Kobe era. Now his future with the Lakers is under question.
After the bad twist in his relationship with the Orlando Magic, everyone believed that the City of Angels would be the ideal destination for him. Apart from the Lakers fans and team officials, the whole NBA world welcomed the movement that was supposed to put an end to the constant talks about Howard’s future. Playing alongside superstars Kobe and Nash and having another quality big man in the team, in Pau Gasol, the Lakers looked unbeatable on paper prior to the start of the season. Nonetheless, reality proved to be drastically different and now the team faces another challenge in regards to its formation.
The Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks are waiting right in the corner for Howard to become available. According to many reports, they are the top contenders for him, of course together with the Lakers.
Under the current circumstances, it won’t be that easy for LA to keep D-12 on their roster. Despite the fact that they can offer a greatly better contract for him than all the other destination teams, Howard’s wills and also his character could stand in the way to him resigning with his current team.
The recent dissatisfaction of Howard with D’Antoni’s choices adds up another headache for the team officials.
Surely, whatever his final choice this summer might be, it will get to the headlines of every NBA media and it will draw much attention from the whole sports world. Which is the right choice for him? That might be an answer only Dwight Howard knows better.