Dwight Howard brushes aside remarks on spat with Kobe
“My dad is a grown man. If that's how he feels, then we'll leave it at that,” Dwight Howard said of his father’s recent criticism of Kobe Bryant. “I'm not going to get into it."
Dwight Howard Sr. also targeted Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni for failing to keep his troops in line.
"The problem is the coach," Howard Sr. told the paper. "(Mike D'Antoni) needs to step in and say, 'You guys have got to be quiet. We're trying to secure something here,’” said Dwight Howard Sr. “Dwight is probably looking at the coach, thinking, 'What are you going to do?'…I think the coach has a lot to do with who controls Kobe's mouth right now."
On the contrary, Kobe Bryant is his own man who reportedly also has influence on organizational matters as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers player and one of the elites in the league. With his mind set on championship contention in his later years, Kobe Bryant has often called out his teammates to step-up their efforts. But after the issue with Dwight Howard was spun into “something that's really nothing” Kobe Bryant vowed not to discuss Howard again anytime soon.
"Honestly, I'm done talking about it," said Kobe Bryant. “All year people have been trying to hang on to stuff. He's just got to go do his job, man. Just rebound, defend and we do our jobs and (fulfill) our roles on what we have to do to help us win.”
“It's not rocket science.”
Mike D’Antoni seemed to have things in order later on.
“We're good,” said Mike D’Antoni while brushing aside Dwight Howard Sr.’s comments, but still acknowledging his place to defend his son.
"That's cool," Mike D'Antoni took Dwight Howard Sr.’s criticism in strides. "He should, he's the father, he should defend his son. But I thought we had that (meeting) in Memphis. Maybe we have to do it again."
Dwight Howard’s father also stated he expects his son to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the season, Howard seemed less eager to get into the specifics.
"I'm not getting into it," said Dwight Howard.
The 24-year-old Dwight Howard said he and his father generally “talk life” rather than the Los Angeles Lakers’ organizational issues and decisions. But Dwight Howard appreciated his father’s support on precautionary missing time to reach full health before returning from shoulder injury.
"That's what he's supposed to do,” said Dwight Howard, “support his kid and he's going to do the best job he can at it.”