Lakers Rumors: Dwight Howard Won't Accept Playing Secondary Role to Kobe Bryant

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2012

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As long as Kobe Bryant is playing for the Los Angeles Lakers they will always be his team, even if Dwight Howard is traded to the purple and gold before the deadline next month.

Howard, who is a superstar player and the most dominant center in the NBA, has never been in a secondary role throughout his career. It's unlikely that he would accept being in a secondary role to Bryant with the Lakers.

Per CBS Sports:

While Howard's camp has not officially removed the Lakers from his three-team list, which also includes the Nets and Mavericks, a person with knowledge of the All-Star center's thinking told me he has some serious reservations about whether following Shaq's path out of Orlando and forming an alliance with Kobe would be a good idea.

"Could Dwight's star shine as brightly as possible in L.A. because Kobe's there?" the person said. "Dwight would not be the main star on that team until Kobe retired. That is something that is a negative for Dwight."

Ever since Shaquille O'Neal left Los Angeles when he was traded to Miami, Bryant has been the star of the Lakers and even though Howard is a basketball mega star, he wouldn't be the center of attention in Southern California.

Bryant is going to be in Los Angeles for several more seasons and it's difficult to imagine him not finishing his career with the Lakers, even if he has to sign a new deal soon to make that happen.

Not only is Howard not going to like sharing the spotlight with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, Blake Griffin certainly has the opportunity to be a bigger star in the city as he continues to improve. 

It's better for Howard that he go to a place where he doesn't have to compete with superstars for the spotlight or for major endorsement opportunities. 

If Howard wants to have the best of all worlds, he needs to go to the New Jersey Nets or the Dallas Mavericks. Each team can offer him the chance to play with two star players and help him earn his first career NBA championship.

Los Angeles isn't a good fit for Howard on a number of levels.