What Kobe Bryant’s "Defense" of Dwight Howard Says About Lakers Relationship

October 5th, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
If you don't have anything nice to say about Dwight Howard, don't say anything to Kobe Bryant.

He isn't in the mood.

Or, at the very least, he's willing to say whatever he needs to in order to defend his new teammate and heir to the Laker throne. After all, he really doesn't have a choice in the matter. If this is still Kobe's team—and he assures us it is—then he's also the guy who stands between his team and those who have something to say about it.

Needless to say, plenty has been said about Dwight Howard. Given the Lakers' protracted flirtation with the notion of acquiring Howard, Kobe's probably been hearing what's been said for some time now.

He certainly seems familiar enough with the grievances directed Howard's way—namely that he's not a serious enough competitor and that he mishandled his exit from the Orlando Magic.

Bryant rejects both charges and does so with the eloquence we've come to expect from one of the league's most cerebral and media-savvy personalities. And his argument's a good one, for the most part anyway.

To the point that Howard is too carefree, Bryant reminds us ...

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