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Dwight Howard rumors: Hollywood ties begin push for Lakers

The Lakers have brought their entertainment industry ties into play in their push for the superstar big man.

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The Los Angeles Lakers will meet with Dwight Howard on Tuesday in the final meeting among his suitors, but Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson has already placed in a call to discuss why Howard should remain in Los Angeles, reports ESPN's Dave McMenamin and J.A. Adande. The Lakers are expected to involve their entertainment and Hollywood ties as they make their push for Howard through Tuesday, according to McMenamin.

Time Warner Cable executives will also be present at the meeting and have had preliminary talks with Howard in bringing him his own show on their flagship Lakers channel, Time Warner Cable Sportsnet. So long as no extra financial compensation is promised to Howard the league will not take issue with their involvement or any television show pitch, reports McMenamin.

Other parties that have reached out to Howard via Twitter today include both Lakers legend Magic Johnson and current Lakers point guard Steve Nash. Kobe Bryant did not directly send a message to Howard via Twitter, but did send out that free agency would be "interesting" and that there's "only one Lakers."

- Drew

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