The soap opera in LaLa Land continued at a shootaround in Boston Thursday morning, as the Lakers prepared to face the surging Celtics. After losing Pau Gasol for the next 6-12 weeks, the Lakers frontline has thinned out to the point where Robert Sacre may now average 35mpg.
With the window of opportunity quickly closing for the aging Kobe Bryant, the five-time champion has not been shy about calling out his teammates for not playing through their injuries; in particular – Dwight Howard.
Kobe has recently questioned the toughness and grit of Dwight Howard for taking games off; for an injury that Kobe has played through himself in the past. Naturally, the comments were not well received on Howard’s end.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com, a defensive and irritated Howard said, “That’s his (Kobe’s) opinion. That’s it. He’s not a doctor, I’m not a doctor. I want to play, I mean, why wouldn’t I want to play? But, at the same time, this is my career, this is my future, this is my life. I can’t leave that up to anybody else because nobody else is going to take care of me. So, if people are pissed off that I don’t play or if I do play, whatever it may be, so what? This is my career. If I go down, then what? Everybody’s life is going to go on. I don’t want to have another summer where I’m rehabbing and trying to get healthy again. I want to come back and have another great year. That’s what I want to do.”
Whether Howard returns any time soon is anyone’s guess, but the current mudslinging between Howard and Kobe certainly doesn’t bode well for Dwight coming back next year.