Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are awfully good basketball players. Now we’ll see what kind of salesmen they are.
The Los Angeles Lakers ae bringing out the big guns in an effort to re-sign Dwight Howard, who became a free agent at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday. Nash confirmed as much on Twitter.
Flying from NYC to LA. @DwightHoward we’re coming for you. You’re going to love the statue we build for you outside Staples in 20yrs!
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) July 1, 2013
With Houston and Dallas possible landing spots, the Lakers wasted no time in talking to Howard before his contract expired, holding brief, unexpected meetings with Howard Saturday and Sunday night, according to USA Today. He was scheduled to meet with the Rockets later Sunday. After the Mavericks meet with Howard Tuesday, the Lakers are scheduled to meet with him, pushing for him to agree to a five-year, $118-million contract.
General Manager Mitch Kupchak, Coach Mike D’Antni and two members of the Buss family, Jeanie and Jim, clearly are expected to participate in the meeting, too. Jack Nicholson reportedly has chipped in with a phone call and then there’s this guy:
@dwighthoward “i’m going up to the country going to paint my mailbox blue.” While i’m there I expect to see you get on board tis ur place
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) June 30, 2013
The Rockets have firepower of their own: Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, James harden, Chandler Parsons, Coach Kevin McHale and, via Skype, Yao Ming.