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Lakers release statement saying they’ve been informed of Dwight Howard’s decision to join the Rockets

Jul 5, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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Now, it’s over.

After a brief period of reported indecision (that may have not included any actual indecisiveness), Dwight Howard has informed the Lakers of his decision to sign with the Houston Rockets.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak issued the following statement via the team’s website:

“We have been informed of Dwight’s decision to not return to the Lakers. Naturally we’re disappointed. However, we will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great lakers fans will be proud to support. To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career.”

The reports that had Howard waffling on the earlier decision were obviously false, and the plan all along seemed to be for Dwight to meet with the Lakers one last time to inform them personally of his final choice.

  1. joebone - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    So the Rockets get arguably the best center in the game. And they are still a very long way from winning anything.

  2. rodericksilva - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Whenever you start thinking about the Clippers running the city just look up to the rafters. I just saved you a lot of heartache. :)

  3. aldog83 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Bye Bye Diva.

    Hope your back holds up.

    Texas is the only state that could fit your EGO.

    Would love to see Dwight end up as a true hollywood story.

    Flaming Out.

    He is a supreme talent.

    But acts like a spoiled Child.

    I hope he joins the ranks of Karl Malone, Charles Barkely, and Ewing.

    Great Player. NO RING.

    Its the only thing he cant buy with his millions or get with his whining!!!!

  4. cavemanna - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Good riddance . Bynum baby and Dwight Coward. The Lakers are better off without him. Man there are a lot of Kobe haters.funny how everything’s always Kobe’s fault. Kobe’s one of the greatest of all time. Period.

  5. anhdazman - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Writing was on the wall all season long. It really didn’t have to take this for Laker fans to know DH12 wasn’t coming back did it?

    He screwed Orlando.

    He screwed LA.

    Houston, you’re next!

  6. sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Kobe didn’t and doesn’t give a darn about Dwight.

    Kobe wanted Dwight to resign with the Lakers because he desperately wants another ring or two.

    Kobe knows that the Lakers chances of a title next year were better with Dwight than without Dwight.

    Nothing else mattered to Kobe but that. He doesn’t like Dwight, thinks he’s immature, doesn’t care if they lose, he’s too happy go lucky and on and on.

    Kobe just wanted to use him to help get him another or more rings.

    Now that Dwight is gone, Kobe is going to double down on himself and work harder than ever to get back quickly.

    I hope he doesn’t push too hard and have a setback. Jeter broke his ankle almost 9 months ago and he still isn’t back (had a setback by pushing too hard) and it’s going to take him longer than 9 months to return from a broken ankle.

    Since the Lakers will struggle just to make the playoffs next year, Kobe knows that each game is critical and he won’t want to miss games due to this.

    But, even if he does come back and doesn’t have any setbacks, he’ll have to push himself so hard next year during the entire regular season just to hopefully make it as the 8th seed.

    I don’t think they’ll make the playoffs but if they did somehow sneak in as the 8th seed, Kobe will be dragging by then simply due to the mileage on him, not from a lack of effort or will.

    It’s gonna be sad for the Lakers next year in many respects.

  7. harshedmellow - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    He didn’t screw LA. Kee-rist in a cracker, people.

    The Lakers are a mess. A hot mess. He’s an unrestricted free agent. Why the H E double toothpicks would he want to platy there?!

    • realdonnymac - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:18 AM

      I have a question, what’s “platy”?

  8. aldog83 - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    I am more disappointed about the LA Kings losing Rob Scuderi.

    (Guy has 2 rings more than Dwight Howard)

  9. jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    What do you expect: Texas beef beats California fruit and veggies, especially if you are a 7 footer!

  10. xdv02 - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    With the worst front office duo, Jim and Mitch, plus the stage coach, they form 3 stooges of the modern days. Jim inherit the team from his dad but not his dad brain, Mitch never be a good player or GM, but excellent in yes man, Mike a stubborn coach never know how to use the talent he has in his hand, keep insist on his system which has a history of suckkkk and get him fired 2 times. What a trio???

  11. cantonbound13 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Why would anyone choose to live in Houston over LA?

    • 1historian - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Gun ownership is legal in Houston.

      • Anoesis - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        Gun ownership is legal in L.A. That doesn’t answer the question.

    • dezglobal - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      No state income tax.. No pressure of winning there w Kobe breathing down your neck.

      • Anoesis - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        In my opinion #2 was a bigger point for Howard.

    • illegalblues - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      LA is kind of a personality dump. Whole lot of people that think they’re great…cuz they live in LA. Type of town with zero real personality. Houston is a great place

      • Anoesis - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        Half the people in the state of California came from somewhere else. If you think there aren’t people with personality in L.A. then you’ve obviously never been there.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      All the smog in LA.

      All the fake phony people in la la land.

      Honestly, the state of California has been a mess with respect to their state finances for quite a while.

      Also, there are many articles and news reports of people, rich people, leaving the state in droves due to the tax situation there. Many businesses have left over the past decade or so as well.

      Let’s not even start discussing the smog and poor rankings that LA consistently has year after year, ranking as the worst in the nation.

      Let’s not really get into details about how many hours per year people in LA waste by sitting in all that traffic, the worst in the country.

      And last but not least, one may get run over by Lindsay Lohan…

  12. fordmandalay - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Now the Lakes can take all that money they had locked up with that overrated clown and sign 3 or 4 good players who can be consistent… and maybe hit a free throw or two.

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