It’s still early in the process, but the Dwight Howard News Machine is already heating up. First, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports the Lakers are hardly a lock to re-sign Howard, and that sources indicate Houston is an intriguing possibility. Meanwhile, ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamin reports Howard expressed frustration regarding Mike D’Antoni at his exit interview meeting with GM Mitch Kupchak, saying D’Antoni didn’t take seriously Howard’s attempts at leadership.
And it’s there where we start the newest edition of the Kamenetzky Brothers Land O’Lakers Podcast.
Among the high points:
- What do this week’s reports on Howard mean? When you put the Lakers and Rockets side-by-side, which franchise makes more sense for Howard?
- The Lakers, and Los Angeles as well, have always been perceived as a team/city no player could walk away from, especially factoring the potential for a bigger paycheck. Is that still true?
- Phil Jackson’s “11 Rings” dropped (as the kids say) Tuesday. We look at the more publicized talking points — Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan, for example — along with Kobe’s response to Phil’s words.
- Andy takes a deeper look at what he felt was the most under-reported revelation in Jackson’s last book, “The Last Season,” and how P-Jax brought more clarity to his position in the new screed.
- CELEBRITY MONKEY UPDATE: We know you’ve been waiting for a conclusion to the gripping tale of Mally, Justin Bieber’s capuchin monkey who has, kind of like a tiny, simian version of Tom Hanks in The Terminal, spent the last six weeks in the custody of German customs officials. We bring you the latest.
- Finally, Vin Diesel is saying stupid things, leading to a conversation about the most craptastic movies of all time. Does the “Fast and the Furious” franchise qualify?