Kobe Bryant rolled into the media workroom at the Lakers’ practice facility on a scooter, protecting his surgically repaired Achilles tendon. After the exit meeting, he proceeded to give the beat down on all of Dwight Howard’s critics — the ones who say the team should cut ties with the game’s so-called best big man and let Howard walk as a free agent.
“Los Angeles is the best place for him,” said Bryant, who continues to predict he’ll be healed and ready to play in the 2013-14 season opener. “It’s the perfect spot for him to assert himself and have his career really take off and be what it should be. There’s no greater place for centers to play than in Los Angeles.”
Kobe is the definition of a great teammate; sure he shoots a lot and doesn’t always share the ball. But Kobe is always there for his teammates and he can facilitate when the game calls for it. I think Kobe sees promise in Dwight Howard and I can see it too. Not only is it financially smart but I think Dwight wants to be in L.A..
Kobe went on to say, “If you win (in Los Angeles) a lot of things go well for you.”
From Howard’s point of view, things can only get better — individually and team-wise.
“I keep saying it,” Howard told the gathered media Tuesday, “that this year was a nightmare. It was a bad dream you couldn’t wake up from. We tried but the bad people in the nightmare would never leave us alone. It was a really tough year.”
“But one positive thing was that we got through the year, all the injuries and still made the playoffs.”
“I need to clear my head and just not think about anything — just relax. Once I do that I’ll have plenty of time to think about everything and make a decision.”
Howard wanted to make sure everyone understands that despite the troubling season and early playoff departure, he loves L.A. and the Lakers organization. Something needs to change though and I think it’s the GM and the Head Coach. The players aren’t the problem in Laker Nation. Lakers will be the threat in the West next year, watch out.