Howard’s father disses Kobe, D’Antoni
“I told him before he said it publicly, ‘It’s your career. No person can say what you need to do or not do. You can’t worry about what Kobe or anybody else says,’” said Dwight Howard’s father. “Nobody can say what Kobe said — that’s stepping into another man’s shoes. I understand what Kobe was trying to do, but he went about it the wrong way. He’s trying to win a championship.”
But the transition from a small market team like Orlando Magic to the bright lights of Los Angeles has taken its toll on Dwight Howard. Once the centerpiece at Orlando, Dwight Howard is now finding it difficult living under someone else’s shadow, Howard’s father noted. Additionally, Dwight Howard has earned the reputation of being a diva and a hands full for franchise general managers and coaches. The disgruntled player wanted out of Orlando last season. But in a twist of events ended Dwight Howard up signing on his players option, only later vowing to leave during free agency. He demanded to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets but instead the Orlando Magic shipped him to the Los Angeles Lakers. Although L.A. wasn’t on his list, Dwight Howard initially seemed happy with the move and was excited start alongside his new teammates.
Dwight Howard’s father blamed the Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni for not managing the situation correctly and disciplining his players.
“The problem is the coach. (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’s father. “Dwight is probably looking at the coach, thinking, ‘What are you going to do?’”
“I promise, if that had been Stan Van Gundy, that wouldn’t have happened,” Dwight Sr. said of his son’s former coach in Orlando, who acknowledged that the seven-time All-Star pushed towards having him fired. “(Howard) wouldn’t have been admonished publicly. I think the coach has a lot to do with who controls Kobe’s mouth right now.”
Dwight Sr. believed his son and Kobe Bryant should sit down to settle their differences and clear out the distractions for the Los Angeles Lakers.
“Dwight has to tell Kobe, ‘I appreciate your opinion, but that doesn’t matter. We’re two men on this team. We need to be reasonable about this,’” suggested Dwight Sr.
Earlier this week, Kobe Bryant demanded some urgency from his teammates after a slew of injuries threatened to derail their recent progress towards making a case for the playoffs. Kobe Bryant also expressed the need for Dwight Howard to speed up his return from a shoulder injury.
The 26-year-old Dwight Howard wasn’t pleased by his Kobe Bryant’s insensitive approach to his injury, especially after coming back from off season back surgery and missing playing time earlier this season as well.
“That’s his opinion” Dwight Howard fired back at Kobe Bryant. “He's not a doctor.”
Are the Los Angeles Lakers finally breaking under pressure, or is it a case of the drama just following wherever Dwight Howard lands?