Recent Lakers news is that Jeanie Buss asked Kobe Bryant for his opinion when it came to signing Dwight Howard this offseason.
As we wait for the NBA season to get back into action, recent Lakers news has been about the signing of Dwight Howard this offseason.
One of the big signings for the Lakers was bringing in DeMarcus Cousins. After tearing his Achilles with the New Orleans Pelicans, Cousins came back last year with the Golden State Warriors hoping to rehab and win a ring. Cousins did finally get back on the court and started to play well, but a torn quad suffered early in the playoffs resulted in him having a poor showing in the NBA Finals.
This offseason, Cousins was working hard to get back to All-Star form. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL while working out and the Lakers were without a center to compliment JaVale McGee.
With the options being rather slim, the Lakers decided to take a shot on Howard, despite his reputation around the league being poor of late. Recently, Jeanie Buss spoke about the decision to sign Howard and asking Kobe Bryant what he thought about the move. Here’s what she had to say on the “Daddy Issues with Joe Buck and Oliver Hudson” podcast with text via Silver Screen and Roll.
"“I’m nodding my head yes. I mean, Kobe wanted us to win. He wanted to see the Lakers win, and Kobe came to a couple of games and he was happy to see Dwight, and greeted him.”"
There is no secret that Howard’s first stint in Los Angeles was not a good one with Kobe as a teammate. The two never seemed to see eye to eye, and Howard ended up leaving Los Angeles for Houston as a free agent.
While Howard’s first stint with the Lakers was a failure, his second stint has been a big success. Even though Howard isn’t a superstar anymore, he has still played his role extremely well for the Lakers this season and helped them win a lot of games.
Unfortunately Howard and Kobe might not have ever completely talked about what happened all those years ago, but it seemed that the relationship was fixed to a certain extent. Now, hopefully Howard can get that ring that he sought after in his first stint with the Lakers.