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Kobe says Howard needs to be more like him. You know, an a******

Oct 10, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

New center Dwight Howard greets Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles Reuters

Kobe Bryant has a very distinctive motivational style for himself and his teammates — he’s an a******.

That’s not how he would phrase it, speaking to the media Tuesday he said he liked to make players “uncomfortable” during practice and that included barking at them. Pushing his competitiveness on them. Making them push themselves.

Then Bryant went on to compare how he played to Magic Johnson and others, and that came back around to the Shaq vs. Dwight Howard comparisons. Via Ramona Shelburne of

“Magic was like that. You saw Magic barking at guys. He was the point guard, the general, so you saw him yelling instructions a lot. And he’s extremely competitive. But he still played the game with a smile on his face.”

Just like Shaquille O’Neal, right?

“No. They’re different,” Bryant said. “Shaq was a goofball. But Shaq was a big a——. I was a little a——. It worked well. Dwight has a lot of that in him. He just needs to bring it out and make guys pay every single day.”

Dwight is like Shaq in the combo of goofball and world’s best center. But Shaq was great at picking times to flip between the two, I’m not sure Howard is as smooth at that.

But maybe a new setting and playing with Kobe and Steve Nash — another guy with a lot going on off the court — will show him the way.

  1. toegoat - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Hope he wasn’t parking cars at him, that might hurt.

  2. paulhargis53 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Oh my God!!!! This is lakerluvers dream post! They are talking about Kobe, Howard, Magic and Shaq…… and a**holes!

    Don’t get to close to lakerluver… may get messy.

    • escapingexile - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Funny…. I would bet money your dream posts are anything about the Lakers that you know lakerluver will eventually comment on. Kudos to you, sir. You beat him to the post. Although, I’ll go out on a limb and state that bad mouthing him about the comments he hasn’t yet made just makes you look that much more insane.

      • rjlink1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        Have you ever considered the possibility that lakerluver and paulhargis53 are the same person?

    • therealhtj - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      What a shock, poor sad pathetic Celtic troll tries to rile up Laker fans while continually living in denial about his sorry team’s chances this year.

  3. papichulo55 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    I think Kobe might need to adjust his expectations. He will continue to be the king a**** on the Lakers. DH seems more like Gasol, needing pep talks, not giving them. Kobe might have to look elsewhere to pass that a*** baton. Hopefully the Lakers will find a young, suitable apprentice for Kobe before he, and Nash, retires.

  4. toegoat - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Good eye, Kurt.

  5. suhnum1fan - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Dwight Coward

  6. patfic15 - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Fake tough guy. Lot of talk for a second round playoff bust…

  7. detroitcityryda - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    That’s Kobe and i respect him for that .all the greats played like that mj magic Kobe they don’t know you on the court because they wanna win not bond and become buddies like this new generation of Lebron Howard Durant .when its game time you become a different person .since the pistons suck I’m rolling with the lakers this year .kobeeeee

    • kinggw - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      How does Lebron always end up in arguments regarding other players. Kobe’s asshole routine doesnt work that great. He can’t seem to get out the 1st round of the playoffs unless he is surrounded by a bevy of all stars.

  8. paulhargis53 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I wasn’t badmouthing him about comments he hasn’t made yet….I’m just badmouthing him in general.

    I’m not insane. I find that comment by you to very hurtful.

  9. misterdreamer119 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Good luck with that koby. A leopard cant change his spots. Howard likes to doohie dance not fire up the team.

  10. paulhargis53 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    rjlink1: shhhhhhh!

    • rjlink1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM


  11. paulhargis53 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    thereal: Your comments are offensive.

    The Celtics have a better chance of being in the finals than the Lakers do. LA is going to get run into the ground by theThunder…..if they make it out of the 2nd round this year.

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      And the Heat are a cakewalk for the C’s.

    • therealhtj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      The ridiculous racism with which your sad excuse for a city treated Bill Russell with is what’s offensive. Healthy Derrick Rose = 2nd round flameout last year. Healthy Bosh, Heat sweep. Same goes for this year.

      Harden worrying about getting his payday is all it’s going to take to rip the Thunder apart this year. Finals at minimum for this Lakers team. We’ll see the Celtics there – if they can score some tickets.

  12. connaniii - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    “Parking” ???? WTF……Helin, who doublechecks your work? it seems you’re forever commiting the same stu…mistakes!…..get serious about your work for crying out loud!

  13. paulhargis53 - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    never said it would be a cakewalk or that they’d even win. I leave that stupid talk for laker fans. They did take Miami to 7 last year and got better and deeper this year.

    Miami has a couple of old parts added.

    I’m.just saying Boston has a better chance of getting by Miami, than la getting by okc….

    • therealhtj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      They didn’t get better. They got older and lost Ray. Only ridiculous Celtic homerism would think Terry’s got anything left or that Bradley is anything more than a semi-decent role player. Sullinger will be out of the NBA in 3 years. KG and Pierce got 60 games in them at best.

  14. lakerluver - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    @misterdreamer119, KOBE has been in the NBA for darn near 20 years, I would think by now you’d know how to spell his name. But I guess when you really don’t watch basketball you make those kinds of mistakes….As for that other inbreed, ignore him and maybe he will just go away. Now on to bball….Kobe is correct (as usual), Dwight needs to get nastier on the court. Shaq was a goofball but players on the opposing teams knew not to phuk with him.

  15. eugenesaxe - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    howard’s already an a******. An immature, lying-through-his-teeth, franchise-screwing a******.

  16. papichulo55 - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Gotta luv Kobe for his Laker-4-Life attitude. And winning a Ring with DH will help with his Kobe-MJ fixation. Bulls fell apart after MJ. Kobe needs to pass the baton because MJ didnt. Always the competitor. Let the games begin…

  17. lakerluver - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Dude, Dwight didn’t screw the Magic…the Magic screwed themselves. Maybe next time they draft a 7 ft franchise center they’ll be savvy enough to build a team around him. How can a franchise be lucky enough to get two franchise centers and not win a title with either? Tell you what, just watch how Mitch and Jim Buss surround D12 with talent after the Kobe era is over. The LAKERS will show Orlando how it’s done.

    • donivantrip - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Why don’t you do us all a favor and just don’t comment on posts anymore? Each time you capitalize “lakers” know that you’re making yourself look like a uneducated moron. And don’t be so confident that he’ll resign with the lakers, he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his future.

    • camnellum12 - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Dwight Howard is 6’9 out of his basketball shoes and 6’10 1/4 when he’s in the shoes. He’s not 7 feet tall by any stretch…

  18. paulhargis53 - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    the real:
    #1. I don’t live in Boston, I live in the Midwest.
    #2.,You’re going to condemn a City for something that happened 40-50 year’s ago? When the whole country was guilty of that kind of behavior? That is really reaching.
    #3. Get out your calculator. The average age of the Lakers projected roster is larger than the average age for the Celtics.
    #4. The rest of your postings is pure conjecture. You have no way of knowing what the outcomes would have been vs. the Bulls or vs. the Heat with Bosh.
    The Celtics didn’t have Green or Wilcox all of last year- 2 rotation guys who would have gotten minutes over Dooling, Hollins etc. They didn’t have Bradley against the Heat either. Whether you bieve it or not, he beat out Allen for starter last year. Ray is a shell of his former self.
    The Celtics roster is deep, it has 3 older players, those guys will only last 60? You’re an idiot.
    Darko backs up at the 4/5 too.

    You wish the Lakers were that deep!
    You’re comments about Sullinger and Terry are ridiculous also. Sullinger is there for rebounds and putbacks.
    If Terry doesn’t have it They have 2 other guys to take his minutes.
    Harden knows he’s getting paid somewhere, so that’s wishful thinking on your part too.
    You e come across just as ignorant as lakerluver- congrats dickhead.

  19. lakerluver - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Dude, I’ve explained this to you already… greatness merits ALL CAPS. Therefore, LAKERS is what it’s going to be. Get used to it!!

    • donivantrip - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      Well its annoying and makes you look like a childish teenager, so stop.

  20. lakerluver - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    6’9″…6’11″…or 7 ft, the point is the Magic had two franchise centers and won nothing!! The LAKERS (notice the caps) won 3 titles with Shaq and I’d be shocked if the LAKERS don’t win at least a couple more with Dwight. As a matter of fact lets go down the LAKERS history with franchise centers: Mikan…titles, Wilt…1 title, KAJ…titles, Shaq…titles, Dwight…? And speaking of looking uneducated, if you think Dwight’s not staying with the LAKERS, you’re the uneducated and naive one, my friend. Dwight will retire as a LAKER and continue the glorious tradition of LAKERS big men.

  21. jerdogthompson - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Well Lakerluver prepare to be shocked then. Lets start with the BENCH.

    Jordan Hill, out with herniated disk. Must have caught wind of one of those D12 hellacious farts perhaps. Steve Blake, the only legitimate PG to back up Nash and he will need 18-20 minutes a night of backup out because he stepped on a parking lot spike? How’s that for court vision? Keep on drinking the punch dude your banter is priceless for those that actually have a clue.

  22. lakerluver - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    J. Hill is due back on opening night and Blake won’t miss much time either. Dude, get a clue, title contending teams don’t really care about being healthy in October. The key is to be healthy in May going into June. Stop all the “wishful thinking” already!!

  23. lakerluver - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    This isn’t the NFL where every game counts. In case you didn’t know the NBA season is 82 games, my friend. The LAKERS don’t necessarily have to be the no.1 seed in the West in order to make it to the Finals. As long as they’re one of the top 2 or 3 AND healthy going into the playoffs, I like their chances against anybody.

  24. jerdogthompson - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    What world are u living in? A herniated disk is a herniated disk. Yeah he is listed week to week meaning, he’s gonna be a tough guy for now until it becomes a D12 must have surgery event. Last I checked the NBA is a mans game. In other words they are not playing tiddlywinks, guys are banging and banging hard. Keep on drinking the punch, it only gets better. Just hope u got the backbone to show up and talk your endless smack when things don’t turn the way you plan. That’s all.

  25. jerdogthompson - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    I’m annoying for deliberately pointing out crucial facts and making Laker fans face them. All righty then, guess I should join the laker bandwagon and keep drinking the look aid then. NOT

    • limonadamas - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:45 AM

      Some people still say “NOT” at the end of a sentence? What are you, stuck in the late 80’s? hahaha

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