1. Los Angeles Lakers
Mar 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) and center Dwight Howard (12) watch from the bench during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Dwight Howard’s summer as a free agent has set the table for a vicious rivalry between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. The ‘Dwight-mare’ struck again leaving southern California dazed and confused as to how he could possibly leave “the greatest basketball franchise ever” for a “small city” like Houston. Kobe Bryant unfollows Dwight on twitter. Mike D’Antoni calls Dwight’s decision “mind-boogling” and questions his DNA. Jeanie Buss claims her father, Dr. Jim Buss, would have been able to woo Dwight. Dwight Howard has been in the headlines so much that it’s enough to make the Kardashian’s jealous.
However, the rivalry between the Lakers and Rockets looks to begin and end off the court, as the Lakers look to be considerably over-matched heading into this season. With no specific timetable on Kobe Bryant’s return and the gradual decline of an aging Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, some have questioned if the Lakers should just tank this season in hopes of landing a high pick in next year’s loaded draft. Even though all arrows point to the Lakers fighting for Western Conference relevancy this year, the media will never let this story die, which makes the Lakers’ November 7th visit to Houston that much more exciting.
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