Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Wise to Prioritize Dwight Howard in Exit Interview

April 30th, 2013 by Ethan Grant Leave a reply »

There aren't many fans of the Los Angeles Lakers that are quick to defend Dwight Howard these days. 

That didn't stop Kobe Bryant from making a firm statement about his take on Howard's impending future in Los Angeles, telling reporters during his exit interview on Tuesday that Howard was "very important" to helping the Lakers bounce back from this season's underwhelming performances, injury-riddled experience and first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.

Although Howard was wildly inconsistent and the lasting memory of his 2012-13 season will be his ejection against the Spurs, there's a huge market for 27-year-old centers who lead the league in rebounding. 

As such, Bryant's politically correct answer toward Howard's place on the team was a wise move, whether or not Howard returns to the team for the 2013-14 season. 

Here's part of what Bryant had to say about his All-Star caliber center on Tuesday (h/t Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times):

I hope he does [return]...I think Los Angeles is the perfect spot for him to assert himself, kind of put his foot down and ...

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