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Dwight Howard isn’t offended by Kobe’s comments

Oct 11, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

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Kobe Bryant said what he meantDwight Howard can’t be too nice on the court. He needs to be more like Kobe. An a******.

While Orlando fans would argue Dwight has been one of those for more than a year now, Howard basically said Kobe is right. He’s not offended and he’ll be ready when it matters. From Ramona Shelburne at

“I heard about what he said,” Howard said. “People might take that the wrong way. He’s not saying be a jerk or an a-hole to people, he’s basically saying, ‘On the court. He loves the way I play, but I can be more of one of those people.’ ”

“I think a lot of people get it confused,” Howard said of his personality. “They think I don’t take it serious because I’m smiling or things like that. When it’s time to get it done, I go and get it.”

Kobe and Howard are just different personalities — Kobe is driven and intense, someone who can have fun but compartmentalizes the areas of his life very well. Howard is a bit of a goofball, a guy who likes to have fun on and off the court. He plays with a smile on, Kobe scowls.

There’s no real tension here, just different styles. It’s the kind of ill winning easily cures, and this looks like a season when the Lakers will do a lot of winning.

  1. lakerluver - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Kobe’s molding Dwight into a championship caliber player. Franchise centers win titles when they don the LAKERS jersey…it’s mandatory!! Mikan, Wilt, KAJ, Shaq all won at least one ring with the LAKERS. It’s D12’s turn.

  2. misterdreamer119 - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM


  3. lakerluver - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    The LAKERS…where great big men go to become legendary. I’m talking to you, Mr. Howard!!

  4. misterdreamer119 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Wilt won a ring in philly. Alcindor won rings at ucla and milwakee. Shaq had young bucks around him, horry, fish, fox etc. this team is old as dirt. In 3 years if they get 2 more studs with howard then maybe.

    • loungefly74 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      yes…yeah, you’re right…because the Lakers have a horrible track record of reaching/winning the finals…yes…the Lakers have no clue what they are doing…yeah…right..

    • stickesabado - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      hahahah what a dork.. always love when people talk just to talk, without having ANY knowledge… because:

      Robert Horry
      Ron Harper
      AC Green
      Rick Fox
      Glen Rice
      John Salley
      Brian Shaw
      Horace Grant
      Isaiah Rider
      Mitch Richmond
      Lindsey Hunter

      were all young bucks??… just be quiet, keep hating, but at least have your info straight weenie…

      8=====>~~~~~ :-O Gargle and swallow that, mmmm how does it taste?

  5. lakerluver - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    My point is the LAKERS franchise centers always win titles while playing in the PURP AND GOLD. I never said they didn’t win before that. Other than Wilt, they all had their greatest success as LAKERS.

  6. staff2cj - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Dwight Coward!!!!!!!!

  7. lakerluver - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Thanks for adding an intelligent comment to the discussion!! Dude, Dwight Coward, really?!! Are you like 10 yrs old?!! What’s next, a Dwight mama joke?!!

  8. e39er - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    He will win at least one here its just a matter of time and him taking his game to the next level, Lakers are great at surrounding franchise players with help, you can’t argue with consistency and that’s a fact, Lakers are in the finals on a average of 3-4 years….some teams haven’t even been to the finals in their entire history

  9. tommy57 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I agree the Lakers consistently field athletically talented teams – personal morality and scruples are not required.

  10. steelers4385 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I hate the heat with every ounce of hate my body can produce. That being said…no denying they are a great team. Lakers will be be alot tougher this year so it should be a interesting season.

    • mightyquinn69 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      I dislike them as well, but I have to disagree with you about them being a great team. A very good team, but not great. A great team would not have been down in two of there 3 playoffs series. A great team would be the 2001 Lakers when they only lost 1 game in the entire playoffs. 15-1. That’s a great team.

  11. papichulo55 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    IF the Lakers can go into this years Playoffs healthy, they can get a Ring. Next year too. This assumes no more SuperTeam trades, which is unlikely. Something tells me that the Maloofs are in trouble, and just may trade Mr. Cousins. In the right system, with the right teammates, he could also change the balance of power.

  12. libertynchurch - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Consecutive championships is the best measure. Some teams catch lightning in a bottle, one hit wonders. Golden State Warriors, 1975. The Gold Standard of great teams is the Boston Celtics, consecutive champs from 1959-1966.

    The Heat have a good chance to repeat. The Lakers have a good chance to compete. Let the Games begin!

  13. jerdogthompson - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I’m telling ya, you Laker fans must be the most insecure bunch I’ve ever run across. Anytime a painful FACT gets pointed out the reply, we got 16 how many do you have. Last I checked Boston has 17 so there. Not to mention, the Lakers have traded away the next 3-4 years of draft picks to put together team Viagra so doubt there is any reloading in the next couple. Face the facts, Kupcake has put together the team he felt represented the best chance to win it all this year period. With your bench substandard at best and the average player age on the wrong side of 33 you had better hope there is not a single glitch all season because it will truly take a near perfect season to reach your goal. Just man up to the facts in the present and quit referring back to the good old days as if they have any bearing on this year. Over and out.

  14. money2long - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    like i said recently, i’ll worry about dwight’s offensive arsenal when he stops getting buckets. like he just said, “When it’s time to get it done, I go and get it”

  15. magicbucs - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Let the talking begin. Next will be Dwight pointing fingers at Nash and Gasol for their lack of defense. Kobe telling Dwight to stop smiling, is Dwight going to re-sign?, Dwight went 2-16 on FTs, Kobe and Dwight always lead the league in technical fouls, lakers lose, Kobe getting old like Nash….oh and yes
    For lying to his fans, kids and teammates. he skipped town like an over grown bi@tch.

  16. omniusprime - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Kobe will each Howard the proper attitude to play with in order to win a championship. Howard didn’t have the proper attitude when in the Finals against Kobe and he lost, now with Kobe he’ll have the right attitude to go out and win the whole enchilada.

    Go Kobe!!! Go Howard!!! Go Lakers!!!

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