So you might have heard about this Laker-Philly-Denver-Orlando trade? Today was the end. In L.A., it marked a day of high, high expectations for Dwight Howard, introduced as the newest Laker. One of the most poignant things he said was also the last: “Thank you guys for putting up with me. It’s going to be better.” Uh huh. He called L.A. his new home and what with him being out there the last four months recuperating his back, maybe now it just feels more real. He kept flashing the yellow Lakers jersey, not talking about extension chatter, saying he was thrilled to be there and even did an impression of Pau Gasol. GM Mitch Kupchak said he didn’t think it was going to happen until two days ago, when the Magic called him. … We bet if you had said any combination of “Laker,” “Kupchak,” “Dwight” or “Orlando” today in the Houston Rockets’ offices today you probably were fired on the spot. … Do you agree with our takes about who the biggest winners and losers were from the Dwight Howard trade? We like how this affects Kobe and Steve Nash, while Miami’s Big Three is seeing its reign already challenged. … Kyrie Irving has one of the nastiest crossovers in the world but don’t expect him to make the crossover to music anytime soon. He was a good sport when he sang along with a track from Grease on a Cleveland radio show. He shouldn’t get worked up about his performance there or his worries he could miss the 2016 Games with an age limit. It won’t happen by then, SI reported yesterday, and as Marc Stein wrote, everyone at Team USA loves Irving. … We’re out like Manu.
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