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Howard wanted Lakers to amnesty Bryant

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Among center Dwight Howard's demands when he met with the Los Angeles Lakers before signing with the Houston Rockets were quieting or releasing star Kobe Bryant and firing coach Mike D'Antoni.

Comcast Sports Net Bay Area reported that Howard wanted the Lakers to either "muzzle" Bryant or amnesty him. Howard did not see eye-to-eye with the hyper-competitive Bryant.

Howard also wanted the team to cut ties with D'Antoni. It has been reported by several media outlets that Howard did not get along with D'Antoni and did not fit in with his high-tempo offense.

The Lakers were unwilling to meet either one of Howard's request, and the center chose to sign a free agent deal with the Houston Rockets. Howard played one season in Los Angeles.

"Dwight didn't want to play with Kobe for two to three more years," owner Jim Buss said. "I'm going to stand behind Kobe because of his history with the franchise."

Some believe Howard never intended to stay with the Lakers regardless. Howard signed a four-year deal with Houston but he can opt out and be a free agent after the 2015-16 season.
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