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Kobe Bryant is frustrated, Dwight Howard wants him to chill

Nov 8, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant AP

Kobe Bryant was angry. Frustrated and pissed off that the Lakers fell to 1-4 in Utah, he was showing everyone. He argued with referee Ed Malloy, he gave Mike Brown a death stare, he stormed off the court after the game, and when asked about it by reporters Kobe basically said he didn’t want to talk about it.

Dwight Howard thinks he needs to chill out. Or at least bottle up that frustration.

It’s a clash of styles that is going to surface if the Lakers continue to lose more than they win. Kobe internalizes, Howard is gregarious. Here is what Howard said about Kobe’s frustrations in Utah, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA.com.

“I think sometimes as a team we got to be able to not really show our frustrations that much,” Howard said after L.A. fell to 1-12 with their preseason record included. “A lot of the guys look at me and Kobe and they feed off us, so we have to do a better job of keeping our frustrations on the inside and just playing through it so our teammates won’t get down on themselves. So, we just got to do a better job at that.

“I know [Kobe] was a little frustrated tonight. He wants to win just as bad as all of us do, but we just got to stay together, remember it’s a process, and stay focused.”

Note to Dwight: That was poorly played.

It’s not that Howard doesn’t want to win — you don’t become the best center in the game, a defensive force and lead your team to the finals without that passion.

But to fans, it doesn’t feel that way if you are playing around in the face of losses. If, as Howard did in Utah, hanging on the court to give someone a hug and throw your armband into the crowd. Lakers fans relate to Kobe’s outward shows of frustration — Lakers fans are impatient and pissed and they want their players to reflect that. They want to see you are frustrated. They don’t want another lecture on patience.

What would really solve all this is some wins. Some games where you see signs that they are getting the offense to the point that the turnovers stop. That the Lakers defense is getting set and is a wall. That’s the only thing that will quiet this storm. For now, anyway. Play poorly in the playoffs and this storm will seem like a gentle summer rain.

  1. tcclark - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Yeah this is not going to work. You don’t tell Kobe to chill. He is the leader of that team. He wants to win more than anyone on that roster, and if everyone isn’t playing up to their highest level, he wants them to be down on themselves. This is a difference in generation. Kobe is the old school, “i want to beat the hell out of everybody” NBA and Dwight is the “I want to make money and be everyone’s friend” NBA. Dwight needs to get angrier. And yes Kurt, you can become the best center in the league without the passion… He’s an athletic freak. Honestly, his post game would be better if he had the passion he should have.

  2. goraidersgospurs - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Kobe wants to be known as being better then Jordan ( thats his thoughts, not mines) Dwight Howard just want to have fun!!!

  3. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Why does it matter if D-12 shows the fans love at the end of a loss or a Win..The NFL was JUST coming down on Cam Newton for sulking while losing; and now that someone smiles while they do it means they arent as frustrated..give it a break, the lakers will be ok.

    -go heat-

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    One Comment? ONE?

    Where’d you all go?

    • badintent - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      Some one call the Boston Media, they love feeding frenzies !! No Red Sox Bobby Valentine or Celtic gossip to cover,they need material. Maybe they could have Doc Rivers give a clinic in defense for the Lakers in front of the press dogs.

  5. skids003 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Kobe needs to realize that eventually he’s not on a team that can win with him shooting 30 times a game. His idea of a team game is him getting his points, and the rest of the team picking up the slack to win the game.

    • vince91lakers - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Actually Kobe is playing with way better efficiency this year,I would rather for him to take those shots then someone else.Either way,if you have ever watched their games you can see Kobe gets so many turnovers because he tries to pass the ball and the teammates is not in the right spot.Plus he’s averaging 4 assist a game,and 1 game he had 8 assist.Kobe is the only one that is really shooting efficiently and benefiting from the Princeton Offense.The only thing is that this system will not work for everyone else.Mike Brown needs to just let them play,and he needs to fix his rotations because they are horrifying to look at.It’s not only Mike Brown though,it’s the players being lazy getting up and down the court not playing defense on fast breaks,everyone seems to just give up.

    • jamesa1039 - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Did you watch the game last night? He didn’t even assert himself offensively until the last 5 minutes when they were trying to come back. He’s shooting 16 shots a game and shooting a 56% clip so please don’t point to that as being the reason they’re losing games.

    • socalgal64 - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Exactly. Oh wait, he’s averaging 16 shots a game this season, and shooting above 50%. He and Dwight are the only ones doing any good, including picking up the slack of the rest of the team. Yup, you’re an idiot.

      • skids003 - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Don’t worry, jerkwad, he’ll soon go into a slump and it’ll take 30 shots to keep his average up. 50% won’t last.

      • 2difshoe - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Don’t worry skids, it’s obvious socalgal is perfect. Typing with one hand on his inch worm and one on the keyboard without typos is a gift, or he at least has a lot of practice at doing it.

  6. dls612 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Kobe is a very competitive person which isn’t a bad thing, but he’s arrogant and selfish! With d12 tryin to be a cool level headed person during this slump I wonder how long will it be before those two bump heads? They keep this up its gonna hit the fan! This is like a soap opera and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  7. miamatt - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Howard telling Bryant how he should be leading the Lakers through the media? Oh, THAT’S rich!!!

  8. fpimentel72 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    I don’t blame Kobe to feel like that, first of all we have the best Center in the game today, we have the second best in Gasol, we have Nash but he is out, Metta need to go to the bench, he should not start, don’t like that guys. I really think that they need new coaching staff and they should fire mike Brown.

  9. zerole00 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Real theory here, what if Kobe and Dwight are intentionally behaving this way (Kobe rages, Dwight placates) to improve Dwight’s public relations after last season? Thoughts?

    • zerole00 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      P.S. – Kobe’s death stare is pretty creepy stuff.

  10. therealroman - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    So again, this is the team y’all picked to win the West…i know it’s early in the season, but the Team you, for some reason that’s beyond me, picked to not make the Playoffs (Dallas) is playing good basketball with some of their key players being sidelined. At the same time, the new mega-team is shooting horribly against one of the worst defensive teams in the League, doesn’t seem to have any chemistry or self-confidence. Also, they gotta have one of the worst benches in the whole league. Again, I’m just asking myself, how did you guys come up with the Lakers winning the West and Dallas not even making the Playoffs?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      The regular season is 82 games long, not 16. And there is not a one-loss playoff system (hopefully, you have the acumen to grasp what I am getting at here).

  11. starship7 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    The dysfunction is just beginning Lakers fans!!! U haven’t seen anything yet.

    P.S. Kobe will NEVER be better than Michael.

  12. tubal22 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    So… Lakers have:

    Kobe (15th All Time in minutes played. He’s getting old folks)
    Dwight (Kevin Willis on steroids)
    Pau (wasn’t top 10 in any statistical category last year, except minutes played)
    World Peace (uhm….)
    Steve Blake (at least he’s got heart)

    As your starting 5. And you wonder why they aren’t winning.

    Get Nash back, open up the offense, and you’ll have winning basketball again. Brown needs to go back to focusing on D. Nash can run the offense how he wants.

  13. paulhargis53 - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Once again, after yet another loss, no sign of lakerluver. Guy sure can run his mouth and predict wins with his magic 8 ball, yet not show up afterwards.

    How can you fellow laker fans of his continously defend him?

    He is the absolute worst type of fan there is.

    • broncobeta - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Your obsession with lakerluver is getting a little serious.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        I support the Lakers and I’ve been here all along. However, you people (especially the moronic Heat “fans”) who obsess over everything that happens to the Lakers will always overshadow the comments of Laker supporters.

    • jjordannba - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Forget Lakerluver, where’s bozosforall , this guy constantly clowns other people’s teams, he’s more focused on other team’s than his own Which is the Lakers

      • bozosforall - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:55 PM

        No worries about my team just yet…all they need is a couple of games against the hapless Wizards, the only team that the Celtics can (barely) beat, to right the ship.

    • bozosforall - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      no Pudhummer, you are the worst “fan” there is.

  14. lowtalker - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    hey zerolee00 . . . . I agree his stare is creepy . . . . . actually, if you take a good look, he really resembles the banjo player on the swing in the movie Deliverance.

  15. ebrownwareagle - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Ok people… STOP IT! I’d rather have an old Kobe right now than anybody else other than Lebron/Durant. Period. Say what you want. In Basketball on every team there’s a pecking order and Kobe is King of the Hill on the Lakers! As with Lebron in Miami and KD in OKC. They should always on average take more shots than anybody else on the Roster. Bottom Line. That’s to the point of Kobe shoots to much. Stop It because he should who else suppose to carry the team Metta WP, Pau, or D12. Nope none of them have the make up to do it. Yes they can play at all star levels But Kobe has that same thing MJ,Magic,Bird,And Zeke had. A greater will to win that their opponent. Though it may not always happen, they Damn sure tried to hand your Ass to you on a platter. And no the sky ain’t falling in LA. MIA was 9-8 2yrs ago after 17 games and have been in the finals for the past 2 seasons. That’s that. D12 fun and games are over! Time to man up and Play Ball Son!

  16. paulhargis53 - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Who’s obsessed? He’s a dope. It’s,a timewaster at work for me. I enjoy eviscerating him and his posts on a daily basis. He knows what I’m about on here, yet he continually takes the bait.

    • bozosforall - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      The only dope who gets eviscerated is you, Pudhummer. The thumbs down on all of your posts just confirm this very day.

  17. 00maltliquor - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    1) I get your style and what you’re trying to say D12.
    2) You DO NOT tell Kobe he needs to ”chill” ! WTF’s wrong with you!?
    3) Oooooh the irony of Dwight’s comments…all I kept thinking about is when he went all crybaby at the end of the bench last year in ORL, and all the comments he was making insinuating he needed better teammates. How you think that made his Magic teammates feel? Especially his pal Jameer.

  18. chargerdillon - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Find me one ex superstar champion laker player that isnt closer to Kobe than Dwight.

    Shaq is fromt he same cloth as Kobe, in fact he’s still talking crap to Dwight about being better.

    Champions have killer instinct and right now it sure looks to me like once Kobe is gone, we’ll be looking for another real leader that Dwight will never be

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Yep.

  19. jerdogthompson - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I downplayed this newly formed team Viagra before they took the floor in preseason. I had no clue just how out of place they would look though. This team looks bad period. They got man handled by Utah last night. This falls on the heels of their “spectacular” game against Detroit which afterwards every beat writer in LA was gushing with superlatives et al.

    Never thought I’d say this but I actually feel sorry for this team and its fans. I can’t imagine falling from such a level that was established in the preseason.

    Oh yeah, what I found to be particularly piquant last night was the pre-game activity showing Nash dribbling two balls standing in place and taking a jump shot or two. If only that was all it takes in the NBA. Lets face it, his lateral movements will be hampered severely by that fracture. We’re not even 10% into the season. Looking like that 3 year 27 million contract will be an Albatross around the neck of the team & organization.

  20. cramsinned - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Wilt Chamberlain + Jerry West + Elgin Baylor = Fail

    Payton + Malone + Oneal + Bryant = Fail

    Bryant + Gasol + Howard + Nash = FAIL

    • cramsinned - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      History repeats for itself hahahahaha!!

      • cramsinned - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Why thumbs down? this is not an opinion, it’s FACT

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Because you’re talking to yourself like an idiot, and not making sense on top of that.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        The first two, I agree since they failed to get a championship (though Wilt and West did get one when Baylor retired).

        Your last set has yet to be proven. So to say that they failed now isn’t a fact.

        Idiot. (That’s a fact.)

  21. magicbucs - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I TOLD YOU THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. Just didn’t think it would be 5 games in lmao!!!!! 1-4 and dead last in the west. No excuses. All teams are trying to gel…
    Hey Dwight I bet Orlando is looking pretty good right now.
    GO MAGIC!
    Lakerluvr?, Bueller?, bueller? Someone get Lakerluvr on a missing persons report lmao

  22. cpcfan - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    On a brighter note there is still another team in LA that has a winning record..

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      No one cares to watch flop artists.

  23. scooter2the - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Back in the 80 and early 90’s Dwight Howard would have been a back up center on most teams –
    Yes he is probably the best center today as true centers go but he is not a great passer in the post and has no real offensive skills to utilize – He is a defensive specialist and not that quick. The game has changed to a faster pace with quick agile athletes from 1 to 5 and someone like Howard does not fit in very well – The lakers lack serious chemistry and will not get out of the west with Howard playing center more than 30 minutes a game period – but they better abandoned that Princeton offense and let Steve Nash and Kobe run it or they may not even make the playoffs.

  24. goldmember21 - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Bottom line.. Lakers = EPIC FAIL

  25. ryanmaxfield27 - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    The lakers suck who’s cares talk about some real contenders. They have no bench, aging stars, no heart Howard and the most over rated athlete in the world in Kobe. Give it a rest.

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