Los Angeles Lakers: Why Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard Were Doomed From the Start

July 9th, 2013 by Thomas Duffy Leave a reply »

Before I dive into the wild world of the Los Angeles Lakers, I want you to picture something.

Picture yourself with a dog—an energetic, playful Labrador. A Lab is “loveable, happy and friendly to all he meets,” in addition to being known for his “strong, heavy built body,” according to Pet MD.

Now, I want you to picture yourself putting that Labrador alone in a yard with a Pit Bull, a dog whose history tells you all you need to know about it. Per Pet MD:

The canine’s ancestors were the result of experimentally crossbreeding different Bulldog and Terrier breeds for the purpose of bear- and bull-baiting, a blood sport in which the dog was trained to attack until the larger animal was defeated. When baiting was banned in the 1800s, the dogs were then bred for the sport of dog fighting.

Your nice, friendly Labrador has entered the vicious Pit’s territory—what do you think is going to happen?

That yard, which is what Los Angeles essentially became, had both a Labrador and a Pit Bull on its roster in 2013—Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant.
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