There has to come a point where these guys stop talking to each other through the media other and just discuss things face to face instead.
First it was Pau and D’Antoni. Now it’s Dwight, Kobe and D’Antoni – damn, Steve Nash even got involved the other day (he said that everyone has to deal with injuries in the NBA).
So, here’s yet another quote from Dwight Howard to the media. This time, he talked to CSNNE.com:
“I can’t get involved with what they’ve been saying to the media,” Howard told CSNNE.com. “I understand they’ve been saying certain things, but I know my health. I haven’t been cleared for weeks to play.
“This is my body, and I have to control my body and my future and my career. So I can’t worry about anybody else.”
OK. We can probably let that one slide, seeing as he’s just responding to the comments made by guys on the team.
However, he then seems to imply that he doesn’t have the support of the Lakers:
“Hopefully they’ll start supporting me the way they need to,” Howard told CSNNE.com. “Until then, I’m going to continue to do whatever I can to help our team win.”
Who’s “they”? D’Antoni and Bryant, you’d assume.
Kobe has gone out of his way to try and make Howard feel at home in Los Angeles – Dwight said he wanted to be pushed by Bryant to become a better player, and Kobe is doing just that.
Bryant never said Howard had to play through the injury, but said there was a sense of “urgency” and players can still compete with certain injuries.
As Kobe himself said, Dwight cares too much about what people think: instead of brushing off reports or tweets or chants, he instead takes them to heart instead of realising that’s just part of the game.