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Lakers unveil signs on Staples Center urging Dwight Howard to stay

Jun 26, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

via twitter via twitter

There is a significant portion of Lakers fans who don’t want Dwight Howard to walk as a free agent. It’s not hard to find them on twitter. The idea is you just get terrible for a year (meaning Kobe sits out a lot of the season), you take your chances in the lottery then in 2014 you have a lot of cap space (only Steve Nash is on the books) to rebuild fast through free agency.

The smarter and more sure strategy is to bring Howard back then build your future around him — healthy he is the best center in the game.

This is the strategy the Lakers are pursuing — Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has made it clear every time asked that Dwight Howard is at the heart of the Lakers plans for the future.

And now the Lakers have started their public campaign, complete with a twitter hashtag. The banner you see to the right (and at the bottom of the post) was up on the side of Staples Center Wednesday.

Will it work? Who knows? Around the league it’s seen as a coin toss between the Lakers and Rockets.

Howard is a guy who likes to make everyone happy, and people like that tend to be indecisive because you can’t succeed at that goal. Predicting what he will do is impossible; I bet even Howard doesn’t know what he is going to do.

Who knows how much this kind of banner and campaign helps? But for a guy concerned about his image, it can’t hurt.


via twitter

  1. paulhargis53 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    lounge: Mitch has stated many times they aren’t doing a sign and trade, they stupidly think they are going to get Love, Irving or LeBron in the coming years.

    Please try to keep up.

    The Lakers attractiveness to free agents ended when Shaq left.
    Gasol and Howard were aquired by trade.

    The new cba tries to restrict superstars from moving by limiting the salary other teams can give them. I’ve been trying to tell you tools this for over a year.

    Its end of days time in lakerland.

  2. sfsugator - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    God Dr. Jerry Buss is rolling over in his grave asking this clown who has no heart to stay with this idiotic gigantic ass sign
    Please go away D12.


    Laker Nation

  3. lalifer - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Seriously. Embarrassing. For being one of the most recognized franchise in NBA history. This is really really embarrassing. I am Lakers fan from since I knew what a basket ball is and will always be one. But come on now. come on. Only more fodder for our haters.

  4. caeser12 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    If this sign works, this may signal the end of Divorce. Wife/Husband wants to leave, just hang up a giant STAY sign, oh the possibilities!


  5. hijackthemic - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    They let Dwight hang out to dry in the media all year, but now they’re on their hands and knees begging for him to come back. It’s too late, he’s not even interested. The Lakers are done, and I hope their fan base keeps that arrogant attitude through the next decade of lottery teams.

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