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Have you had enough of “sources” saying what Dwight Howard will do this summer? Well, how about some comments from his father?
Dwight Howard Sr. spoke to AJC.com and shared his thoughts on his son’s season so far – he says the problem is Mike D’Antoni: not necessarily his on-court coaching style, but the way he handles his personnel:
Dwight Sr. said he believed Bryant was trying to motivate his son, but that the advice was misplaced, adding: “The problem is the coach. (D’Antoni) needs to step in and say, ‘You guys have got to be quiet. We’re trying to secure something here. 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. (Howard) wouldn’t have been admonished publicly. I think the coach has a lot to do with who controls Kobe’s mouth right now.”
Kobe Bryant had some comments about Howard’s injury which were perceived as him saying D12 had to play through the pain, however, Bryant later denied this thinking.
Although, despite all the drama, Dwight Sr. still sees his son re-signing with the purple and gold this summer:
What happens after the season? Howard’s father still thinks the center will re-sign with the Lakers. When asked about Brooklyn, he said, “Oh, I doubt it. That would surprise me.”
There’s still a long way to go until the off-season, but I still stand by my own personal view that Howard isn’t going anywhere.