After the Lakers’ 107-102 loss to the Clippers, Dwight Howard had this to say when comparing the two teams: “They just play together. They share the ball.” Ouch!
He obviously didn’t get the memo – thou shalt not criticize Kobe Bryant.
(Look, I know Kobe has played some brilliant ball this season but he’s also been a ball hog. In terms of usage, Kobe uses the most possessions in the league, accounting for 30.8 percent of the Lakers’ possessions. For a team that also has Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard on it, that’s absurd.)
We know that Dwight likes to blame others and we know Kobe shoots too much, so we shouldn’t be shocked by the comment. BUT, such animosity from a key player doesn’t bode well for their championship aspirations or Howard’s future in LA. I thought it was a done deal that he would re-sign with the Lakers this offseason (he will be an unrestricted free agent) but if he feels that he’s not getting the ball enough (he isn’t) and he doesn’t enjoy the ‘Kobe experience’, will he really sign up for playing with him for another 2-3 years? When teams like Dallas/Houston/Atlanta (who will all have max cap space in the summer) are offering him exactly what he craves?
It seems obscene that he would actually leave the Lakers but anything’s possible with Dwight, including this.