Can Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard Strike ‘Alpha Male’ Balance to Save Lakers?

January 5th, 2013 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard have very different ideas of what it means to be an "alpha male," and their divergent opinions show just how far the Los Angeles Lakers have to go in order to find the chemistry they're so desperately seeking.

In recounting the time he and former Laker Shaquille O'Neal spent as teammates, Bryant alluded to the difficulty of sustaining team chemistry when dueling alpha males are present:

Kobe on Shaq: "I'm amazed that it went as long as it did. That just wasn't going to last. You have too many alpha males."

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 6, 2013 Well, the Lakers have another pair of big personalities now in Bryant and Howard. And it's hard not to view Bryant's comments as being somewhat critical of the relationship he and Howard share.

For his part, Howard weighed in on what he believes an alpha male is. Via

If you're an alpha male, you don't have to always show that you're the alpha male. Just be who you are. You come in the room, people know you're there. My presence is felt every day and I don't have to come here and growl and snarl at people. I don't have to do ...

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