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Lakers continue public courtship of Dwight Howard by (possibly) draping his jersey over the Beverly Hills Hotel

Jun 28, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

Dwight Howard jersey Beverly Hills Hotel

9:52 p.m. ET: It appears we have a question as to whether this is actually real or simply an altered photo, and since I’m no longer in L.A. and can’t simply drive over, we’ll have to trust my man Larry Brown, who called the hotel multiple times and was unable to get confirmation. I’ve pinged the folks who run the Lakers official Twitter feed as well, so once we hear for sure we’ll pass the information along. (OK, final update — not real. Lakers are apparently adding a Photoshop campaign to the real billboard one already in place.)

9:14 p.m. ET: The Lakers have maintained all along that re-signing Dwight Howard to a max contract in free agency this summer is the team’s number one priority, and they’re taking to the streets of Los Angeles to make it publicly known just how important the big man is to the future of the franchise.

The team has already posted a large banner on the side of the Staples Center, as well as a billboard on Hollywood Blvd. letting Howard and everyone in the city know that they want Dwight to remain a member of the Lakers.

Now, the team has continued its efforts by draping a Howard jersey over the front of the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is a hot spot for athletes, celebrities, and movie industry personnel.

The people in the know in Orlando will tell you that Dwight specifically referenced a lack of public support via billboards as a negative in his list of reasons for leaving Orlando, so the fact that the Lakers are going to these public lengths to impress Howard shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

The notion that the Lakers are too proud of a franchise to beg players to play for them in this way is sheer nonsense. If this is something a player of Dwight’s caliber requires, then the organization is doing nothing more than its due diligence in making sure that every base is covered where Howard is concerned, to the point where if he decides to leave Los Angeles, the decision will be 100 percent his, with no reason to blame the Lakers for any perceived indiscretions.

[Photo via the Lakers official Twitter feed]

  1. onlyavoice - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    No Concern For The Other Tenants???

  2. onlyavoice - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Sorry, Dwight Wasn’t Home lol.
    But He Did See It On TV,
    In Houston.

  3. MyTeamsAllStink - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    the best thing for Dwight is to go somewhere else.The best thing for the Lakers is if Dwight goes somewhere else.

  4. tonyricemajorharris - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    The Lakers should be embarrassed. The Dwightmare continues

  5. isujames - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Super Lame and I cant wait to see and hear their disgust after he walks.That would make my day, my Heat win it all and Howard walks funny and it will be the truth.

    • spthegr8 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      @isujames
      After just reading your post. I see you have a ALOT in common with being ” Super Lame ” and are very qualified to speak on the subject, so…..Carry on!!!

  6. woodrree7 - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    pathetic!! Dwight Howard is weak and immature! Oh physically, he has all the tools, but mentally, he’s weak! he pouts and isn’t a TEAM player. it has to be ALL ABOUT DWIGHT! Lakers would be better served to let him go. Unless they plan on letting Kobe go.

  7. bucs24 - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    You are really stupid lakers if u think he is staying

    • realdonnymac - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      You’ll look real stupid if he’s stays in LA. You do know that right?

  8. FinFan68 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Did these clowns not see what went down in Orlando? This guy is an egotistical punk. Sure he has talent but he lacks the heart and desire of a true champion. Don’t cater to his ego and just let the whiner go. Few teams could win with him and none can do it if he is the focal point of the team.

  9. goinballzdeep - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    What’s a bigger lost cause, Lakers chance or resigning Howard or Aaron Hernandez legal defense??

  10. rgledz - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    How embarrassing for the Lakers. A once proud franchise graveling like a jilted, crazy ex-boyfriend. Sad.

  11. fearthehoody - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    How embarrassing for LAs JV team! Clipps own LA 2 years and counting…..

    • realdonnymac - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      How? You haven’t even won a title. Clippers don’t run a damn thing. You guys are the JV team. Hell, you guys are little league until you make it to the western conference finals for the first time ever.

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