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Quote of the Day: Dwight Howard says Lakers could still win title

Apr 9, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard AP

“If we get into the playoffs, there’s no doubt in my mind and in any of our minds, that we can win a championship. It would be stupid of me to sit here and say to you [media] guys that if we make it to the playoffs, we’ll be out in the first round. I have confidence in our team.”

Dwight Howard, speaking to reporters Tuesday, as relayed by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

And he’s right… in his second sentence. He has to say that, and you want your players to believe that. But we all know the truth. First, the Lakers have an uphill climb to get the eight seed. Then if they do and get Oklahoma City, the athletes on that team would run the Lakers right out of the building. Five games.

Lakers fans think their best hope is San Antonio, the current No. 1 seed. And that is true in this sense — if Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are not healthy and back for the first round the Lakers would have a shot. But if those to are back the Lakers are in trouble. Did you watch how Chris Paul and the Clippers ripped apart the Lakers defense on Sunday? The Spurs would do the same thing, but rather than just one guy doing it they use a team that has fantastic ball movement and movement off the ball. The Lakers defense isn’t good enough — and that’s not on Howard, he can only cover up so many mistakes made by others.

  1. tubal22 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Dwight. Please. Shut. Up.

    For the love of God. SHUT UP.

    • dirtydavis - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      How about you shut up

      • omahakidw - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Let me get this straight. Shaq was in Orlando, as was Dwight. Neither won a title although both left to become Lakers, and both played with kobe…….Dwight still does. Shaq won three titles, with the team, and Dwight is still trying to help the Lakers get out of the 9th spot to make the playoffs ? Shaq and kobe never had a problem, and they “OWNED” the Clippers. Yea, I think Dwight needs to close his mouth !

      • dirtydavis - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        @Omaha

        How long did it take Shaq and Kobe to win a Championship? Give D12 a break! The dude is coming back from BACK SURGERY.

      • eventhorizon04 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        omahakidw wrote: “Shaq and kobe never had a problem, and they “OWNED” the Clippers.”

        First…most would agree that the Clippers of this season are considerably better than the Clippers of 1999-2003 (who averaged just 28 wins per season for those 5 seasons).

        Second, if you seriously don’t think Shaq and Kobe ever had any problems, you need to ask your dad to explain the Kobe-Shaq feuds of the early 2000’s to you. Or you can read Phil Jackson’s book.

      • andrewproughcfe - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        @omahakidw – Are you seriously comparing the early 2000’s Clippers to this year’s Clippers? Get real.

        That’s like saying this year’s Wizards are the same as the Wes Unseld 1978 Bullets when they won the title.

    • badintent - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      the key word Howard used was “mind” . The dude has the mind of a 4 year old playing with his Ipad matching words to fruits.

  2. bucrightoff - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Of course they COULD do it. Just like I COULD bang Jennifer Lawrence. But I WON’T, just as the Lakers WON’T be playing into May.

    • badintent - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Did you bang Hedi Klum in Hawaii ? Was that you I saw on TMZ ? Nice, smooth.

  3. aboogy123456 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    dirtydavis called this way before Dwight ever did.

    • dirtydavis - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Damn right!!!

  4. divan22 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I really hate articles like this. Of course, I’m fueling the fire by commenting. Just like dozens of others surely will.

    Which would have been sillier: for Dwight to say what he said, or for Dwight to say, “We won’t go far this year even if we make the playoffs, tht\

    And for the “he shouldn’t say anything!!” crowd, guess what? Players MUST speak to reporters or else they get fined.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Yeah you pretty much summed it up. As a Lakers fan, I would love for them to do it, but I would be shocked if they did. But I wouldn’t expect Dwight to say anything other than “we could win it”. I would be disappointed if he said anything else. You play to win the game.

      • divan22 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        I’m a Warriors/Bucks fan and I would hope those teams have the exact same attitude, no matter how long the odds are.

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Agreed.

      Not a Lakers fan, but I hate these articles. You see them all the time in all sports – football, basketball, baseball, etc.

      A reporter asks a player on a struggling team, “So, are you willing to go on the record stating that your team has NO HOPE?”

      When the player says, “Well….I think there’s some hope,” the media writes an article, “PLAYER FOOLISHLY PREDICTS CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, EVERYBODY LAUGH AT HIM!”

      It’s stupid.

  5. losangelesfan - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    They’re gonna win not one…not two…not 3…not 4…not any.

  6. chitownmatt - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    My GOD, can you imagine what the media reaction would have been if he had said the Lakers COULDN’T win a title!?!?!?

  7. lakerluver - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Numbskulls, I’m sure he was asked a question. What was he supposed to say, no, they have no chance? If most LAKER fans realize a championship is not in the cards this season, surely the LAKER players know that as well. If he came out and told the truth he would be called a quitter, amongst other things. If he didn’t say anything, he would be criticized for having a poor attitude.

    • omahakidw - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      This is why kobe allows his game to talk for him, not the Media, nor is he commenting on junk like that. Kobe said we`ll `make some noise. Now you make whatever you will from that comment. When Shaq qas there their never was a doubt that they would possibly be playing for a Championship so never a need to comment, or ask Shaq this type of question.

  8. joshstewart1994 - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports Talk.

  9. paulhargis53 - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Lakerslurper, how many of Dwight and Kobes short and curlies do you spit out in a day?

  10. decimusprime - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    There are higher seeded teams that have zero chance of going anywhere in the playoffs. If they scratch & claw their way in the Lakers do have a better chance of making it to the finals than teams 3-7. The Lakers are a championship caliber team every year. Hope is not gone until the horn sounds on our last game! Go Lakers!

    • bucrightoff - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Fun fact, the Lakers are 5-19 against the current 8 Western Playoff teams. So no, they really don’t have a better chance than any of the 8 teams in front of them.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        …can’t win it every year. no one does. Lakers had a bad season, fine. but we will be okay in the long run. ya see, junior…real fans are in it for the long haul. numbskulls like you have this myopic view that a single season defines an organization. about the clippers…1 great season doesn’t erase 30 years of putrid play…hey, great for them but doesn’t change the fact they were horrible for over a generation. understand that, kid? theres some clipper fans in their 40’s…40’s…who are finally seeing a great season from them. and you think Laker fans are going to run to the hills? yeah, right.

    • HotHotHeat - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      You honestly believe the Lakers have a better shot at making the Finals than the Clippers do this year?!?!?

      • bucrightoff - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        Laker fans are the most delusional. And once they’re eliminated they’ll point to their 16 rings, as if somehow in this moment that matters.

  11. bux1022 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    LMFAO!

  12. uscthom78 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Not as a ninth seed.

  13. eugenesaxe - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    But seriously, shut up with that talk until you’re guaranteed a playoff spot. THEN you’ll have just as much chance as anybody else.

  14. fruitcovejag - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    And you would never say anything stupid Dwight.

  15. 13arod - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    you know shut up tubal22 you don’t know basketball if it hit you in the face

  16. paulhargis53 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    lounge: Right there in a nutshell is why most of your fanbase is detested. ” junior”, “son”? Really?! Like you’re some kind of father figure, passing on great knowledge?! Get over yourself man.

    Its that condescension that irks everyone.
    You see it from lakers fans in hoops, Yankees fans in baseball and from Steelers, Cowboys, Patriots, and especially Packers fans in football. Why?!

    You watched a game and didn’t participate, your team won a lot, so now that makes you better than a Clippers fan? Really?
    Your fanbases condescendsion is unwarranted. Its why people are reveling in the fact that the lakers suck this year. Its been bought and paid for a long time ago. When you rub crap in people’s faces, you need to expect it in return.

    Constantly talking about titles and telling Clippers fans to act Luke theyve been there before is quite hypocritical.
    Get over yourselves. Some of this fanbase is some of the worst fans I’ve seen in my life. We are all supposed to sit here, day in and day out and listen to you brag up your team, but when they falter, we aren’t supposed to say a thing…..you see what’s wrong with the picture, you whiny POS?
    I don’t hate the Lakers, or Kobe. I’ve cone to detest the imbecilic fanbase.
    The “we’re better than you because of a sports team” posters.
    Its sickening and I for one am happy to see this train wreck if a season. You and posters like you , deserve about 10 years of horrid basketball. Of course, than all we would hear about then is 16,.right?

    Uff.

  17. thesecondlakerzealot - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I can’t really see what all the fuss is about. Would you rather him say: “We can’t get win it all?” Give me a break, people act like the guy should stop supporting himself or the team.

  18. fanz928 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Clippers will never make the finals

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