Kobe Bryant says he’s not giving his best pitch to Dwight Howard until he’s listened to other teams


During the upcoming Dwight Howard free agency saga, there’s going to be lots of people making their pitch to Superman, but Kobe Bryant says he’s going to be keeping his best pitch until last.

In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN. Bryant told Dave McMenamin that he’s going to “make sure (he) has the final word” to Dwight this summer:

[pullquote]”For me, you kind of let him do his due diligence and then move in and talk to him and figure out if this is a place he wants to be,” Bryant said. “We all want him here. But then that’s when the selling begins [after Howard is courted by other teams]. You don’t start the selling process right before he goes and does all this stuff. You want to get the last word. You want to have the final word and the closing argument.

“I’ll give him a little opening statement, but then I have to make sure I have the final word.”[/pullquote]

This is hopefully good news for Laker fans: while guys like James Harden and Chandler Parsons will be making their own pitches to Howard this summer, you’d have to imagine that Kobe Bryant will have the best pitch. You know, the guy with five NBA championship rings who is also arguably one of the top five greatest players of all-time. I quite like my chances with that guy in my corner.

Free agency begins on July 1st.


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Written by Ross Pickering

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