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Dwight Howard says Lakers fans need to be patient

Oct 29, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

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

Lakers fans are not exactly a patient group. Win a game by 10 and talk radio the next day in Los Angeles has fans calling in saying it should have been 20. The Lakers can’t just win games, it has to be done with flair. Some Lakers fans will not be satisfied until the Lakers win two NBA championships a season.

So the Lakers 0-8 preseason has some fans on edge. It shouldn’t.

In what is likely a futile effort, Dwight Howard is telling Lakers fans to slow it down. Be patient. The NBA season is a marathon not a sprint. And the Lakers are in it for what’s at the end of the race. From the Orange County Register:

“I know everybody wants it right now, right now,” Howard said Sunday. “But we want to win in June, that’s what counts….

“We don’t expect to win every game and be 82-0,” Howard said. “But we do expect, say by midseason, that everybody will have the offense down pat and we’ll be flowing.”

It’s what a lot of us have been saying — I want to see the Lakers after the first of the year. Then I’ll have a better sense of who they really are and how good they really can be.

Until then it’s all talk.

  1. worldbfree4me - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    If the Lakers don’t win the a Championship and the Fans or Management perceive that Howard was the one who lacked “Testicular Fortitude” he will not be re signed period. He had better learn how to handle the Fans, Radio Shows and KOBE fast or he is Done in L.A.!

  2. libertynchurch - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Everything that DH says is true, but why does HE chose to say it? Coach Brown, GM Kupchak, or Kobe would have been much better messengers. DH needs to get past all of the BS with Shaq, and get what Shaq is saying. DH must DOMINATE! Asking for patience is not consistent with that Big Man mindset and public personna.

    • tsi431 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      DH has to be the one to say it. If the coach or GM said it, no one would care. Kobe is passing the baton to DH, which means he (DH) will be taking over most of the headlines/quotes.

  3. mahhelo - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I hate that June is what matters crap. Do players and coached pretend to not know that home court is everything in this league.

    • money2long - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      very true. but consider that not every championship is won by the team with home court advantage. most teams that are really good don’t care about who the opponent is or where they play as long as they have the confidence in their own team to perform and execute when it matters.

  4. fpimentel72 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    With DH,SN,PG, and KB we will be in sink and win a lot of games and championship way before Kobe retires, yes home court doesn’t mean that the home team will win. We are way better team now without Bynum. We will give the Heat a lot of trouble and I’m not even concern about the Thunder, so I don’t even know why the fans is tripping, if we win by 10 or even by 5, a win is a win and that mean more time they play together, the more dangerous they will become, so DH is right on what he said.

  5. libertynchurch - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Yeah, teams shouldnt get psyched out about road games. But teams are a a group of men with real lives, and working from home has to be different, and generally better.

    And all courts are not created equal. The dimensions are equal, but there have been significant home court advantages due to location. Remember the dead spots of the old Boston Garden parquet floor? Floors over ice? The high altitude effects in Denver? The gentlemens club in Atlanta, lol..

    Bottom line is that home court IS an advantage. The real issue is how much does it cost to earn it?

  6. mazblast - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    To win in June, you first must be playing in June. To be playing in June, you first must win in May. To win in May, you first must win in April. To win in April, you first must make the playoffs. To make the playoffs, you first must win in the regular season.

    Ay, there’s the rub. That darned regular season. It’s soooooo tiring, soooooo boring. All those games against teams from towns that are soooooo not LA. The horror of having to play games away from the Staples Center, it’s just so cruel! We’re the LAKERS, we should just be placed in the Finals. Heck, perhaps we shouldn’t have to play at all, just have Stern hand us the Larry O’Brien Trophy so we can spend more time preening and admiring ourselves in our mirrors.

    • money2long - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM’ll be more fun getting the trophy after beating everyone in LAs way.

  7. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Dude, we thought you were Superman…

    • money2long - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      has anyone heard that dwight wants to be called iron man instead ?

  8. metalhead65 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    I love it when players get what they want with either a new contract or trade then ask for patience because people expect them to live up to the expectations they created sooner rather than later. shut up and try and live up to your hype you whiny diva!

  9. jerdogthompson - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Get on with it already. Season needs to start today and the Lakers need to be more truthful about Kobe’s foot. Maybe they are, I’m just suspicious they wanna sell out more games before the BIG announcement comes down.

    Look, it’s no secret that this is the first time in Franchise history they didn’t win a single game. It’s preseason right? Well then why not go winless every year? This newly formed team has much to prove and by D12 preaching patience to a fan base that has all but had the championship banner made is an ominous sign.

    The only new players that have looked decent is Meeks, Sacre & Howard. Outside those three the rest have not looked like NBA pros, more like D league scrubs. I have but one request, if in fact this team starts out at say 2-8 or 3-7 please don’t burn down Staples center as a result. Oh forgot, you Laker fans only do that when they win!

    But look at the bright side, in 2014 you can have Lebron, Howard, CP3, Pau & Durant in the starting line up. At least that seems to be the belief amongst the Laker faithful. Keep dreaming Ladies, keep dreaming.

  10. skids003 - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    This jerk acted like he did in the offseason, and now wants patience? Give us a break. If he wasn’t 7 feet tall, what could he do for a living?

    • money2long - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      body builder

    • money2long - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      dwight struggled with skinniness growing up. hard to believe

  11. paulhargis53 - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Dear NBA fans, lakerluver hasn’t been seen on this site in 1 week. You’re welcome.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      You really do keep quite close track of him, don’t you? How sad.

  12. savvybynature - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    “It’s what a lot of us have been saying — I want to see the Lakers after the first of the year. Then I’ll have a better sense of who they really are and how good they really can be.”

    That’s what you’ve been saying? Last I checked you were saying the Lakers were already one of only three teams with a chance to win the championship, and that there is no point for anyone in the west but the Thunder and Lakers to even bother with this season.

  13. spthegr8 - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    @All Laker Fans!!! Be VERY CAREFUL. We are back on “TROLL” Alert!!! Ignore & have no contact. For “TROLLING is highly contagious!!!!

  14. paulhargis53 - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Haven’t you noticed that there is no turmoil on these boards when he’s not posting? It’s not just me that detests him.

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