There have been lots of reactions today based on Kobe Bryant's interview with Jackie McMullan of ESPN about Dwight Howard's injury, but it seems like all of it is pure media conjecture, according to the Black Mamba.
On our way to the Garden. Ready to do that work. If D12 is healthy he will play if he's not he won't. Simple math #countonmediahype— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 7, 2013
But should we really chock it up to #countonmediahype?
It seems like Dwight wasn't happy about Kobe saying he needing to man up and play. So, he responded to Kobe's interview by saying, "That's his opinion, that's it. He's not a doctor, I'm not a doctor. That's his opinion."
And then there's the quote where he defends himself and his choice to sit out, stating:
"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."
A healthy Dwight is definitely better than an injured one, but unfortunately the Lakers don't have that kind of time since it took them so long to get their stuff together in the beginning of the season.
There is still too much of the season left to write it off though.
With the emergence of Earl Clark, it's possible that the Lakers could still win enough to make the playoffs, even without Pau and Dwight, if he continues to choose to sit out.
The important thing is that the two stars get along, and from Kobe's tweet it seems like they might be. Now Dwight just needs to get the memo.