Lakers News: Breaking Down Latest Buzz Surrounding Dwight Howard

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 4, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Dwight Howard #12 (L) and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks as they warm up to play the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on October 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.   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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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If you haven't heard, some guy named Dwight Howard is currently deciding which team he will join this summer.

The 27-year-old center has had meetings with numerous teams. Now it's time for him to go on a retreat to Colorado...or clear his head (you'll understand what I mean after you read this article).

Ah, yes, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and Dwight Howard is thinking. Here's a look at the latest news surrounding the seven-time All-Star and zero-time NBA champion.

Kobe Bryant's Words to Dwight

Well, you can forget about Kobe Bryant being sugar and spice and everything nice to Dwight Howard.

Bryant reportedly told Howard in the Lakers' meeting with the big man on Tuesday, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

You need to learn how it's done first, and I can teach you here.

You have to learn how it's done. I know how to do it and I've learned from the best – players who have won multiple times over and over.

Instead of trying to do things your way, just listen and learn and tweak it, so it fits you.

And...Howard promptly retreated to Colorado after the meeting. Good talk.

It appears the biggest obstacle to the Lakers re-signing Howard will be his willingness to play second fiddle to Bryant...or simply listen to him.

We saw traces of a little back-and-forth between Howard and Bryant last season as the Lakers went on to lose in the first round of the playoffs. Apparently, Bryant isn't willing to change anything for Howard, so Howard will have to be OK with changing to suit Bryant's tastes.

In some regard, Bryant has a point. He's a five-time NBA champion, while Howard has yet to win a title. While both have been considered superstars throughout their careers, Bryant is a notch above Howard, in terms of the player he has become and in terms of the hardware he has collected.

That being said, it doesn't exactly help the Lakers' cause when Bryant is saying things like "You need to learn how it's done" and "Instead of trying to do things your way..." as the Lakers are trying to court the 27-year-old.

Dwight's Timetable

When you are Dwight Howard, you do things, well, your own way when it comes to making decisions. He is notorious for leaving the Magic guessing in his last year with the club, and the nonstop rumors that date back to last season have continued on to this summer.

According to Wojnarowski's report on Tuesday, Howard will now head to Colorado to think about things. Of course, Ken Berger of reported on Tuesday morning that Howard was looking at two options: "a resort area in Colorado and a remote ranch in Montana."

Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News tweeted on Tuesday afternoon:

It just gets better and better. Before Howard decides between the Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors, he apparently still has to decide where he will go on retreat.

The Banner Has Come Down

According to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles, the massive banner bearing a photo of Howard that read "STAY" and the hashtag "#STAYD12" has been brought down.

According to the report, the banner was scheduled to be brought down after Tuesday night's Los Angeles Sparks-Minnesota Lynx WNBA game. The report states that the banner was originally put up to take advantage of the BET Awards last week, which took place across the street at the Nokia Theatre.

Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News confirmed:

Meanwhile, Clips Nation has found a way to troll the Lakers throughout the process after the Los Angeles Clippers re-signed Chris Paul, igniting a response from

Check it out for yourself. I'll leave it at that, Lakers and Clippers fans.

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