In their first game without Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard has shown that he has no problems being the face of the Lakers franchise. On Sunday evening against the San Antonio Spurs, Howard went off for 26 points, 17 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots leading the Lakers to a 91-86 must-win victory.
“It's a great opportunity for myself and this team to show who we are," said Howard.
Now that Kobe is off the floor, Dwight Howard is no longer looking over his shoulder or deferring to a shooting guard that always needs the ball in his hands. Instead, he can play like he did during his Orlando days. The only problem is that this current Lakers roster is older and plays in a much tougher conference than the younger Magic in the Eastern conference.
If Howard is going to insert his name with all of the other Lakers greats, he’s going to have prove that he can keep this Lakers team competitive in the playoffs this year and lead them through a 82-game season next year without the presence of the Mamba.