Dwight Howard Talks His Exit From Orlando, Kobe Bryant


In a recent documentary, Dwight Howard opened up about his exit from the Orlando Magic and what really happened between Kobe Bryant and himself during his time in LA

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Dwight Howard had never exactly explained every that happened during his last few years in Orlando, that ultimately resulted in his departure, and his inability to “co-exist” with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.

We mostly drew assumptions to what we think happened over the course of those years.

However, we don’t have to do that anymore. Instead, we can just have Dwight Howard tell us exactly what happened in his words.

Or, his side of the story.

First, on his departure from the Orlando Magic:

"[via New film a candid look at Dwight Howard — ESPN]Dwight Howard on asking Magic management to make a coaching change after Orlando’s first-round exit in the 2011 playoffs:“We shouldn’t be losing like this. I wanted to win. And I went to management and I said: ‘Guys, I’m a player. I just want to give my two cents. I think that our coach has lost his touch with the team. Great coach, but I think he’s lost his touch, I think he’s lost his voice. And I think it’s time that you guys get a new voice.’ I said, ‘I love him as a coach, but I think we need a new voice.’ … Six weeks [later], they finally respond [and say], ‘We’re gonna keep Stan.’ So I’m like: ‘OK. That lets me know how you guys feel about your leader expressing how to make the team better.’ “Dwight Howard on the trade demand that soon followed:“That summer I just thought about what I needed for my career. And when I got back [to Orlando], I let those guys know that I wanted to be traded. … I just wanted a change for myself. I didn’t want it to be done publicly. I just wanted it to happen silently. And I’d go to a new team, start fresh. Well, it didn’t happen that way. … The season comes around and they asked me to come to the office, shook my hand and they said, ‘We’re gonna trade you tomorrow.’ The next day the trade didn’t happen, but they came out and said I wanted to be traded. And that’s when everything went downhill. And I feel like I should have came out and said some things at that point to let people know what was going on, but in that situation I really didn’t know what to do.”"

And on his time with the Los Angeles Lakers and his relationship with Kobe:

"“Before I got to the Lakers, I would talk to him [and] he would really help me out on the [down] low about how to become everything that I said I wanted to be. And I looked up to him and I looked up to everything he, as a basketball player, stood for. … [By the end of that season] I just felt so hurt and disappointed in the fact that the guy that I was expecting to be somebody who was gonna pass the torch, somebody to say, ‘Dwight, I’ll take you under my wing and I’ll show you how to get it done’ … it was none of that.”"

The biggest takeaway from all this?

There’s probably a great chance that Dwight Howard is still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers if Kobe doesn’t chase him away. So much for that “Dwight just didn’t fit in Los Angeles” premise.

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