When asked whether he thinks Dwight will re-sign with the Lakers, Phil seemed to doubt that Howard would go back to the purple and gold if the offense in place next season isn’t post-play friendly:
[pullquote]Would you [re-sign] if you felt like your game wasn’t going to be featured?[/pullquote]
Phil was then asked what he’d do differently to Mike D’Antoni if he was the coach of the Lakers right now:
[pullquote]You have to play in to Dwight Howard. You have to re-establish him as the center that he potentially was going to be. This year, I don’t know, he had 4 or 5 less touches in the post. Most of the things he got in there were on the move.
[Post-play] is not Mike’s style. I don’t blame Mike for that – that’s the ownership or the management made that decision. That was the decision that they have to live with.[/pullquote]
Phil’s thoughts seem to echo those of sources via Stephen A. Smith and Dave McMenamin over the last 24 hours, with a great deal of Dwight’s decision apparently resting on whether D’Antoni is still coaching in L.A. next season.
Also, don’t forget that Phil is obviously extremely close to a key member of the Lakers in his fiancée, Jeanie Buss. It’s not as if Phil is just using guesswork when it comes to Dwight’s future: there’s likely some insight from Jeanie in there too.