Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni predicts Dwight Howard will struggle offensively as a Houston Rocket

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Dyan Cannon has done more for the Lakers than Dwight Howard ever did.

Taking a swipe at the spineless center, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni predicted Dwight Howard will struggle to perform in the Houston Rockets’ transition offense.

Acquired by Los Angeles last August in a four-team, 12-player deal, the 27-year-old Howard signed with Houston as a free agent earlier this month.

Comically, the 6-foot-11, 265 pound Howard cited D’Antoni’s up-tempo, wide-open attack as one of the primary reasons he decided to bolt from La-La Land.

“The thing that cracks me up is Houston, they do the exact same thing,” said Mike D’Antoni, 62, the 2005 NBA Coach of the Year. “And so (Howard) is gonna go to Houston? OK, so did they talk about change there? Don’t tell me that it’s that different.”

Finishing 45-37 in the Southwest Division, Houston is the youngest team in the association and one of the most prolific scoring squads today.

A churchgoing prick who clashed with teammates and D’Antoni in Tinseltown, Howard was largely responsible for Los Angeles’ disappointing 45-37 record and quick departure from the playoffs.

A five-time member of the All-NBA First Team and three-time earner of the Defensive Player of the Year award, the villainous “Superman” is a rarity in today’s shrunken league with size, athleticism and skills.

Nevertheless, Howard is also a bitchy giant who couldn’t tongue the jockstraps of Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, George Mikan or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Now set to be instructed by Hall of Fame big man Kevin McHale, Rockets fans will never confuse the first pick in the 2004 draft with the great Hakeem Olajuwon.

Soon to be walking like a glorified version of Quasimodo, nothing will be “that different” for Dwight Howard as a Rocket in “Space City.”

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