Dwight Howard's distaste for the offense and approach of coach Mike D'Antoni is widely cited as the biggest trigger in his decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers. But another key factor that led the All-Star center to the Houston Rockets was the Lakers' refusal to establish a clear timetable for moving on from the Kobe Bryant era, according to sources with knowledge of Howard's thinking.Sources told ESPN.com that Howard and his representatives, in a handful of meetings with Lakers officials before he became a free agent July 1, strongly suggested that the center would have a difficult time re-signing with Los Angeles if Bryant stayed with the franchise beyond the 2013-14 season, the final year of his current contract.
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I wish these athletes would just man up and say why they didn't sign in LA. Dwight so far has said that it was just about winning titles and being happy in Houston. Denied it being D'Antoni, then a couple days later says he would have stayed if Phil Jackson was coach. Denied it was Kobe, now people close to him say it was also about Kobe.