Kobe, D'Antoni and Nash Talk To Dwight Howard Separately Before Decision Time

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 3, 2013

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 7: Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers is congratulated by teammate Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics during the game on February 7, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard's nightmarish 2012-13 season was always seen as a detriment to the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to re-sign the All-Star free agent.

But Howard's debut season in L.A. gave him something that none of his other suitors can offer—familiarity.

While the rest of Howard's potential employers attempt to paint the picture of what could be for Superman, a trio of notable Lakers took the opportunity to tell Howard how things can be better next season.

ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne reports that Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Mike D'Antoni had a separate meeting with Howard after his unofficial official visit with the team on Tuesday. The four parties engaged in a Festivus-esque airing of grievances:

Nash told Shelburne that it gave the quartet the chance to clear the air and find positives to build on:

From the Howard billboards lining Tinseltown to the Time Warner Cable reps who participated in his recruitment pitch, the Lakers are clearly pulling out all the stops to keep Howard around.

It might seem a bit extreme, but it's just the nature of the business this time of year. D'Antoni told Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News that the Lakers put everything on the table and now will wait for Howard to make up his mind:

Howard might be envisioning greener grass on the horizon, but he doesn't have to imagine anything when it comes to the Lakers. To think, all of this time it seemed like that would be the reason he'd be searching for the first ticket out of town.

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