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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 ESPNLA.com.

“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. paulhargis53 - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    The funny/sad thing about lakerluver is the guy is in his late 30s.

    How do you act like a fanboy like that at that age? I’d be so embarrassed to have typed some of the things he’s put out there.
    I’ve compared him to Robert Deniros role in the fan-Gil Renard.
    His life revolves around a basketball team. He lives vicariously through them.
    That’s sad, in and of itself, but to act like a swooning, lovestruck teenage girl is even sadder yet.
    Yep, I ridicule him at every turn, call me obsessed if you will, I’m just trying to help him. It’s unhealthy for him to be acting this way. He needs help. He needs more of us to unite and show him the error of his ways. He needs to be shamed into seeing how he acts on here is wrong.

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