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Shockingly, Kobe likes acquisition of Dwight Howard

Aug 10, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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I would love to have been in the Team USA breakfast/meeting round Friday morning in London when Kobe Bryant walked in, walked right up to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden and did his best Matt Damon impression — “How do ya like them apples?”

The Lakers got Dwight Howard as part of a blockbuster four-team and you know Kobe likes it — the Lakers are serious title contenders again. Kobe took to facebook and posted this message:

“Well, it looks like Superman has found a home. I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows what was a great season last year with an even better one next year. I know LA is excited about the deal and rightfully so. The Lakers landed a piece that will hopefully carry the franchise long after I’m gone. I have spoken to Dwight Howard already and we are locked and loaded to bring back the title. Wow, what a summer Jimmy and Mitch have had so far. Unreal! I’m focused on our semifinal game vs Argentina but I had to pause for a few to send you my thoughts, in case you were curious..”

Kobe and Howard’s conversation probably went something like, “F***** yes! And we still have Pau Gasol and Steve Nash? F***** yes!” (Kobe cusses a lot. His conversations sound like that.)

They are pumped. Lakers fans are rightfully pumped. Now there’s just the little matter of trying to live up to what they have on paper once they hit the court. Because we know Oklahoma City and Miami can.

  1. joshm5683 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Obviously Kobe likes this deal, but everyone besides Orlando got better out of it. Granted, not to the level the Lakers did but its rare a trade involving the Lakers doesn’t involve every other party getting completely hosed. I’m excited to see how it all pans out. As a Lakers fan I’m excited to see if the Lakers can win another title. Also interested to see if Bynum can stay healthy and help raise Philly into a somewhat contender in the East.

    • skids003 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      This is an older slower lineup with no bench. I don’t think they’ll win it all, they will struggle to get by the 1st round of playoffs. That will depend on if Kobe can throw a few of his 30 shots a game in, or DW can get more offensive rebounds.

      • grhopper - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        Amen. The same fate awaits the Lakers this year that be felled the “Dream Team” Eagles last year.

  2. acdc363 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    You really killed that cussing joke by following it with an unnecessary explanation.

  3. cowboyscanada - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Cant wait to see the Lakers destroy the punks in Miami!

  4. smcgaels1997 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Hell fit right in down there…full of himself and thinks he’s the center of the wonder LA fans are pumped..they can smell their own

    • teambringitstrong - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Gotta love the persistence of the Bay Area inferiority complex about all things L.A.

  5. drunkenjunk - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Kobe loves anything that will get him to that 6th ring.

  6. thelakeshow562 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    that’s what I’m talking bout welcome Dwight wit a squad like this we should win not like when we got the mail man and the son of gloves

  7. thraiderskin - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Oddly enough Kurt, my conversations also sound like that. I love that F***ing word.

  8. detroitcityryda - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Just took a nice brown one wish you were here to smell it with me ahhhhhh

  9. hystoracle - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Maybe Kobe should worry about showing up for Team USA so Lebron can stop carrying him. I’ve been very disappointed in the effort from Kobe. I have gained new found respect for Lebron and the leadership and team attitude he brings to the court. He takes on whatever role the team needs at any given moment and excels at it.

    • themars211 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Victory must taste like your tears…

  10. passerby23 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    If it is a Miami-LA finals, it will be interesting to see the quick, small, athletic attack of Miami vs. the bulk and size of LA. Howard is the kind of guy who can at least partially negate Lebron and Wade’s games at the rim. Steve Nash will carve up Chalmers. But the Lakers really have no one to guard Lebron. Artest is a shadow of his former self. That means Kobe is going to be running around chasing Wade or Lebron. Definitely would be intriguing if it comes to pass.

  11. starship7 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Tell it like it is hystoracle. All we’ve seen from Kobe is nothing but looking old and slow with no explosion whatsoever. Father time will always be undefeated. No way he ties my man MJ with ring no. 6.

  12. jjordannba - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    We actually don’t know if OKC can

  13. jjordannba - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Why is it the Kobe seems to get to play with the best big men at every stage of his career

  14. pop562 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Damn Kobe these people just called you old and slow…you should prove them wrong.

  15. paulhargis53 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Detroit, was it steaming? Did it have peanuts in it?

  16. lakermetskins - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Think how they got some of these player and what they gave up to get them.

    1975-kareem for Elmore Smith, guard Brian Winters, rookie Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman and 1 million dollars

    1979-Magic- The Utah Jazz were supposed to draft in the first position, but the Jazz had conveyed their 1979 first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers three years earlier as compensation for the free-agent signing of Gail Goodrich. Thus the Lakers took Johnson with the first overall pick.

    1982- James Worthy During the 1979-80 season the Lakers sent Don Ford and a 1980 first-round pick (which became Chad Kinch) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Butch Lee and the Cavs’ first-round pick in 1982. When that pick turned out to be the No. 1 overall selection, the Lakers claimed Worthy, who had decided to pass up his senior year at North Carolina.

    1996 Shaq- Free Agent, Olando get zilch
    1996 Kobe- drafted by Charlotte, refused to play there, traded for Vlade Divac.

    2008 Gasol-In exchange Memphis will receive forward Kwame Brown, guard Javaris Crittenton, guard Aaron McKie (who the Lakers signed earlier today), the draft rights to Marc Gasol and first round picks in 2008 and 2010.

    2012 Dwight Howard- Basically for Bynun

    If i was a gm, i would ot talk to the lakers, period.

    • manchestermiracle - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      lakermetskins: Don’t forget young gun Byron Scott for aging Norm Nixon in ’84 and Cedric Ceballos for Robert Horry in ’96. A trade that didn’t work out: Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell for Glen Rice in ’98. There were rare bad trades, too: Sam Perkins to the Supersonics for Benoit Benjamin. Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins for Kwame Brown. All in all Laker GMs over the years have more than proven their ability to make wise moves.

  17. chitownmatt - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    I will be very amazed if this entire group can make it all the way to the playoffs without a major injury.
    And I’ll be even more amazed if Kobe and Howard’s egos can coexist long enough to make it to the all star break.

  18. zzr600guy - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    The Lakers are gonna decimate all. Bye bye Miami.

  19. omniusprime - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    I’m one Laker fan who isn’t all that jazzed by bringing Stuporman to Hollywood. The Hollywood Diva had better step his pathetic game up if he doesn’t want Kobe’s foot up his rear end all season long. The Dwightmare had better not fold up his pup tent come the playoffs either like he always did. I’ll have to hope that ancient Nash and inconsistent Coward will have the desire Kobe has in winning titles. We still need to replace Steve Flake and we still have to wonder if the Clueless Clown Brown can put the pieces together.

    If Kobe wins another ring he’ll do one thing Jordan couldn’t, win a title without Phil Jackson!

  20. j0esixpack - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I’ve said all along that the Lakers are the perfect place for Howard. He’s the perfect ambassador to symbolize the Lakers and Los Angeles.

    And when Kurt says “now the Lakers are contenders again” he is correct – in noting that they are again contenders, and we’re NOT contenders without him.

  21. manchestermiracle - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    This is only shocking to those who still think Bryant is the immature egotist of the late ’90s. He has a much more mature ego now. Funny how age gives you a (somewhat) more realistic view of what you can and cannot accomplish by yourself.

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