Place Dwight Howard in the starting lineup and make it plain that it’s his last chance!
After Rob Pelinka is put on board with the plan, the first thing we will do is call Dwight Howard in for a meeting. It is rumored that Howard is on the trading block along with DeAndre Jordan and Kent Bazemore. Howard is the most likely out of the three to be traded for one reason…
No one wants the other two!
Howard will be reminded that it was this writer from Lake Show Life that wrote an in-depth feature advising the team to sign him one week before he was signed.
Then we will remind him how the Lakers were the only team that even considered signing him and how he begged for a chance.
- Then there’s the non-guaranteed contract that motivated him to act right.
- Then there’s the time Frank Vogel had to cuss him out for shenanigans in the bubble in the Denver series.
- Oh and how about announcing on Twitter that he was re-signing with the team and going to Philly instead?
Despite all of that, Rob Pelinka still handed him a guaranteed contract to run it back this season. The plan would to put him back in the starting lineup and prove that he actually is motivated enough to be in the plans for this season. Howard didn’t do himself any favors going to the media about his inconsistent role, but that will change here.
If he plays to the level he did during the championship year, the fortunes of the Lakers will turn around with his rim running, ability to execute the pick and roll on offense and rim protection and hard fouls on defense.
If he doesn’t…who cares? He will be highlighted enough to flip in a trade for some assets to get an early start a upcoming fire sale the Lakers will be a part of in the offseason.
Well, it’s clear that Dwight Howard is happy with the decision to put him back in the lineup even though he might not have the full understanding of what might happen if he gets too comfortable. Next we have to talk to three players who have a unique position on the roster!
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