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Dwight Howard not interested in responding to comments his father made about his situation with the Lakers

Feb 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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In advance of the Lakers playing the Heat on Sunday, Dwight Howard was once again asked to respond to comments regarding his situation in Los Angeles, and whether or not all parties involved — including Howard, Kobe Bryant, and Mike D’Antoni — were going about things in the best way possible.

Earlier this week, it was Bryant’s comments about the team not having time for Howard’s shoulder to heal properly that Howard was forced to deal with. On Saturday, it was comments from his own father that reporters wanted Howard to respond to.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles:

“I’m not going to get into it,” Howard said after practice in Miami on Saturday when asked about the recent comments of his father, Dwight Howard Sr., dissecting the relationship triangle between the Lakers’ center, coach Mike D’Antoni and guard Kobe Bryant.

“My dad is a grown man. If that’s how he feels, then we’ll leave it at that. I’m not going to get into it.”

Howard’s father told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he felt it wasn’t Bryant’s place to discuss Howard’s injury, and that D’Antoni should have stepped in and regulated his players so that it would be a non-issue behind closed doors.

Bryant and D’Antoni were each equally dismissive of the situation, and both essentially refused to discuss it in any detail when the questions were lobbed in their respective directions.

And honestly, that’s exactly as it should be.

The Lakers need to stop feeding into the media nonsense and start focusing on basketball. It’s not easy to do playing with multiple superstars in the second largest media market, but in order for the team to turn things around and salvage this nightmare of a season with a playoff berth, that’s what needs to happen.

The responses on this non-issue from Howard, Bryant, and D’Antoni would lead us to believe that the team is finally getting that message.

  1. nbascreed - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Sorry, I know Sr. thought he was helping but this makes Howard look even more like a beta male. Not good.

  2. tubal22 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Hopefully “no commend” becomes a habit for Dwight.

    • zxrated - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Hopefully “no commend” becomes a habit for Kobe also.

  3. fotydaze - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I’m a laker fan, but damn do you really think a team this dysfunctional could ever be successful?

    • chargerdillon - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Shaq and Kobe were far more dysfunctional and these type of media attacks went back and forth for many years.

      The difference however is that Shaq is an Alpha and Kobe is an Alpha, which is why you have 2 supremely taltented players butting heads.

      Dwight Howard has been reluctant at every point to want to follow in the footsteps of Shaq, which in many ways is why he’s not an alpha, why he doesn’t talk back to kobe, and why his dad has a bigger voice than he does.

      Did Phil EVER have to say anything to the media, did he EVER stop Kobe and Shaq? NO BECAUSE IT FUELED BOTH OF THEIR ALPHA EGOS TO WORK HARDER.

      Dwight is Dwight, and to a Laker fan he probably wouldnt make the list of top5 most talented lakers centers.

      • chargerdillon - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Shaq, Kareem, Wilt, Pau, Bynum

        Those 5 wear rings. Do you think Dwight will?

      • Kurt Helin - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        For the record, Phil did stoke that fire a few times in the media and privately. He also sided with Shaq most of the time because that was Shaq’s locker room, the vets were in his corner.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        @ chargerdillon

        Pau has never been considered a C. He’s a PF. He may be a C that’s played PF for his whole life, but I don’t think you can say he’s a Laker C. I’d throw in Mikan. Our 1st superstar C when they moved from Detroit, changed names from the Gems to the Lakers, and joined the NBA. He got rings too, if that’s what you like.

      • progress2011 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:27 AM

        Howard was the Alpha Male his entire career in Orlando !

        He has not ceased being an Alpha Male.

        He foresaw all the issues that have come to fruition. He never wanted to go to l.a. and play with kobe to begin with.

        He has simply taken the position of – Why should I get upset and bicker with this weasel lookin dude. In a few months I’m OUTTA HERE !

        There is absolutely ZERO chance, D12 re-signs with the Fakers ……ahahahaha

        Dwight has all the clocks in his house, car, boat and motorcycles set for the day they don’t make the playoffs, so he can get the heck outta there….ahahaha

  4. daddyghi - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    if the lakers wont fix their issues, worst thing that could happen in the offseason is dwight to pull out a “The Decision” show and take his talents to South Beach

  5. dawnkeebals - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Hey Dwight, ever think maybe, just maybe you should have stayed in Orlando where you were basically treated like a God and could do no wrong? This guy is truly a piece of work. He is no leader, he’s weak and will NEVER win a championship.

  6. deadeyedesign23 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    His dad shouldn’t get involved but dude is totally right. Dantoni do your friggen job and don’t let people take shots at each other in the media. Coaching 101 man.

  7. miamatt - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    When it happens, remember you read it here first: Dwight Howard will sign a lucrative multi-year deal to return to… the Orlando Magic! I’ve gotta imagine D12 is saying to himself, “I guess the grass IS always greener…”

    Plenty of capspace, likely a high lottery pick this year, multiple futiure picks…. just saying, how hilarious would THAT be?

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      That was the master plan all along. Don’t give away the secret.

  8. ravensfan19 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I don’t like heat but Lebron turned Mo Williams into an All Star, Kobe turned Howard into a Scrub.

  9. freemantowilliams - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Dwight’s gonna wear a ring it’s just not gonna be with the lakers. Lol lakers fans get ready for a few years of mediocrity.

  10. mgscott - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Dwight and his daddy will be able to cry as much as they want while they watch the playoffs on tv this year.

  11. gasan2013pananaw - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    It’ s time for KOBE to shut his mouth.This is the rockiest year of Dwight Howard ever since he left Orlando. It will rock the Lakers by June 2013

  12. tombstone7 - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Howard’s Dad said to the media, “Coach D, make Kobe stfu!”
    What he shoulda said, Coach, tell my big baby that He needs to grow up or come home & watch the other kids play!”

  13. BigBeachBall - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Old man dwight said dantoni sucks… nobody disputes this…

  14. gasan2013pananaw - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:43 PM


  15. 24thesho - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    This is the problem with Howard, JaVale McGee and even Kobe; they are all spoiled brats who were raised to believe that their s#¡t doesn’t stink, but the difference with Kobe is, he’s has the talent, fortitude and proof-rings to back it all up. Also, since JaVale’s (Pam) mother has been more in the background cheering her son more discreetly (or so it seems), JaVale has been playing better and has not been featured on “Shaqin’ A Fool” as much, but he will be awesome in another year or so. We all know this.

    To me, JaVale is 10 times more talented than Howard and I think he is actually learning from his past. Howard’s father’s comments really made D12 look more like a punk and one can probably get a sense of why Howard’s decision making has been anything but smart in terms of how he has rendered his decisions.

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