One person with knowledge of the conversation said Howard came away feeling as if he wouldn't be the Lakers' top option, for obvious reasons. It's Bryant's team.
A few things:
- obviously, it's relevant that Howard seemingly seeks to have it 'his' team, which wouldn't happen in Chicago.
- Still, it'd be nice if Rose could use the Adidas phone and talk. Not that he has to, but I never get when it's reported glowingly that Rose doesn't. If I were a big-time columnist I'd be a jerk and insinuate that Rose doesn't want anyone to take his spotlight, we don't know his motives either way.
- There's a bit in there about Andrew Bynum not being bothered by it, and I happen to find the suggestion out there (and it is, no link, sorry) that Noah's play is because of trade talks insulting to Noah.