There’s already been some signs that Dwight Howard will re-sign with the Lakers in the summer – aside from the fact that a) they’re the Lakers and b) they can offer him the most money – and some comments he made to USA Today should make the uneasy Laker fans feel a little less anxious about losing the dominant big man:
While Bryant is the one with the storied past and present with these Lakers, Howard is seen by both them and him as the future. He has yet to make any promises about re-signing with the Lakers when he becomes a free agent this summer, but continued to sound as if his plans don’t include any other teams. The power shift, he made clear, is already underway.
“I know who (Bryant) is to this team, what he has been to this team for a long time,” Howard continued. “But there’s going to come a day where he’s going to be gone, and that’s when I have to step in and fill that void and take this team to the next level. That’s why I’m here. That’s why they wanted me here, and I’m going to do my job and my part to make sure this team gets there – and it starts with me.
Dwight’s already thinking about the days when Kobe will be gone from the Lakers – which could be as early as 2014 when his current contract runs out – and that’s when the Lakers will truly be Howard’s team.