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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. paulhargis53 - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    jj: It’s a peculiar story. Ever since I accused lakerluver of being bozosforall, bozosforall has disappeared.

    I believe he’s also maddog911.

    How pathetic to have more than screen name huh?

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Kurt would know. He knows our IP addresses.

    • bozosforall - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      Disappeared? More like I have a life, unlike you, mammabasementboy.

  2. ambitoos - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Does everybody remember how long it took Miami to come together as a team. Be patient people.

  3. pistolpete0903 - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    The Lakers will have to press the panic button…and act on their personnel.

    Their bench is non-existent; will definitely haunt them come playoff time.

  4. harrymcdowell - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    The problems with the lakers are causing each other and reinforcing their misfires:

    1. They are running this offense to compete with younger more athletic teams and exploit their strengths.
    2. If they stop this offense they may play better together but not be able to keep up against many younger teams.

    Its a double-edged sword.

  5. djcase31 - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Lakers will be fine wait and see. I’m a Bulls fan we need to worry no Rose for most of the year. Dang and Noah need to hold on till he gets back.

  6. xcastorx - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Lebron made Mike Brown coach of the year while Kobe, DH, and Pau make him look like an awful coach.

  7. jerdogthompson - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    I got a serious question. After I elaborated on on my preseason comments and wanted a pat on the back for being right, my post doesn’t show up. I used no profanity, although I did use a college level vernacular. What gives NBC moderators? Truth too much to handle?

  8. fruitcovejag - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    How many titles has “chill” gotten you Dwight? Don’t screw up the LAL with that idiotic logic

  9. thelakeshow562 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    suck it paulh53 LAKERS #1

  10. paulhargis53 - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Well,well, well. Look who magically appears! It’s lakerluver/bozosforall.
    Way to be subtle there junior.

    More proof that what I said is true, you are one and the same person.

    1.) Comments on the thumbs. Both names seem to think that they mean something or care about the up/down of said thumbs.
    2.) The ” have a life” ,”moms basement” is just a variation of the ” have a life”, wal mart greeter” tack used about a week ago.
    3.) The pudhummer comment is just a copycat of me calling him lakerslurper, Lakersucker etc.
    4.) The focus on just me and no other posters.

    For you to have multiple screen names is absolutely pathetic.

    By the way, topic at hand. The Celtics are beating those Wizards, they are winning.
    The Lakers are losing to teams
    2-2>1-4. The Lakers are losing, and looking bad doing it.

    • bozosforall - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      I could not care less if you think that I’m lakerluver…I’m not, but being him would be much more preferable than being a loser such as you, given the choice.

      Give the Lakers two gimme games against the Lakers and they would have two more wins too.

      You are still a loser, Pudhummer53.

      • bozosforall - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        Against the Wizards, that is.

  11. omniusprime - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Kobe needs to chill some and Howard needs to get mad some. It is unacceptable to see how pathetic this Laker team of All Stars is playing. Even without Nash the Lakers should be beating teams like Utah or the Clippers. The Lakers aren’t playing with that desire needed to win a championship, Kobe is but Howard needs to catch Kobe’s fever, that’s why he never won any titles. Kobe needs to be more discreet and not blow up in public, leave that for the locker room. Go Kobe!!! Go Howard!!! Go Lakers!!!

  12. thetooloftools - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Howard is going to get KTFO by Kobe if he doesn’t sack up and start caring. Hey D.H. where are your rings boy?

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